Maura Higgins felt 'really scared' by elderly man taking pictures in her garden
- Bang Showbiz
- 28 April 2021
'Love Island' star Maura Higgins has admitted to being scared by an elderly man who she spotted taking pictures of her in her garden when she was sitting outside in her dressing gown
Maura Higgins felt "really scared" when she spotted an elderly man taking pictures of her in her garden.
The 'Love Island' star admits her life has changed dramatically since she appeared on the ITV2 dating show, and revealed that fame has led to plenty of unwanted attention coming her way.
She shared during an Instagram Q&A: "I’ve had groups of people stand outside my window, like groups of young people saying: 'Maura is in there!'
"‘I’ve had to close my curtains. I think people have figured out where I live now, which obviously isn’t the best because you lose your privacy then."
The model – who is dating her former 'Love Island' co-star Chris Taylor – also revealed details of her "horror film"-like experience with an elderly man.
She explained: "It definitely is scary. Especially with the elderly man, that really scared me.
"I was sitting outside in my dressing gown and I just turned my head and he was so close to me.
"Where my seating area is outside, the bush is right next to it and I looked and saw this man and it was like something from a horror film. He was holding his phone up and I could hear him taking pictures.
"I was like: 'Oh my God!'"
Despite this, Maura thinks the positive aspects of fame still outweigh the negative things.
Maura – who appeared on 'Love Island' in 2019 – said: "That’s definitely one of the downsides to being in the public eye, but the upsides do outweigh the downsides."
She recently admitted her "obsession" with exercising led to her losing a dangerous amount of weight.
The TV star didn't have a period for four months amid her weight-loss drive, but she's now determined to live a more balanced lifestyle.
She said: "I'm not working out as much as I was, I ended up losing too much weight.
"I'm not doing it as much, once, twice a week max, and to be honest I'm just really good with my diet at the moment. It's all about balance.
"At the weekends I eat what I want and during the week I obviously try my best to eat healthier foods. But with the exercise, it's very easy to get obsessed with it.
"It got to a stage where it was actually affecting my periods; I lost my period for four months. Especially at my age, it's obviously not good. I want to have kids someday so I know that's just not a good thing to happen."