Maura Higgins found life after Love Island 'very, very scary'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 August 2021
Maura Higgins

Maura Higgins

Maura Higgins has admitted she struggled after 'Love Island' and turned to Michael Barrymore for advice

Maura Higgins got advice from Michael Barrymore when she was struggling after 'Love Island'.

The 30-year-old reality TV star admitted she found it hard to cope in the weeks and months after leaving the 'Love Island' villa but her 'Dancing On Ice' co-star Barrymore provided helpful guidance.

She told Ireland's Sunday Independent newspaper: "It was Michael Barrymore who gave me the advice. I was training for 'Dancing On Ice' and he is a really, really lovely man. He knew by me that I was going through a bit of a time of it.

"I remember him saying to me, ‘You need to take a break because if these brands and everyone really do want you then they will wait for you.’ So I took his advice and it’s the best thing I ever did. And I would give the same advice to all the new Love Islanders. I didn’t take all the jobs and I didn’t just think of all the cash.”

Maura – who is set to host the show 'Glow Up' on RTE2 next month – admitted she found her fame difficult to deal with and she felt isolated from her family and friends after appearing on 'Love Island'.

She explained: "When I came out of the villa my head was everywhere. It was so jumbled, I didn’t know where I was.

“I had moved straight over to England and didn’t get back home. I was living out of a hotel for weeks with nothing but a case full of 'Love Island' bikinis. And I had so many interviews and personal appearances... I will never forget how stressed I was.

“I was very overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to turn and I had nobody around me except the people from 'Love Island'. All my family and friends were in Ireland. It was just a very, very scary time. Very scary.

“Oh my god I felt very, very alone. Very alone. At one stage I remember thinking, ‘I don’t even know how I am going to get myself better.’ I remember I didn’t even speak to my mum or best friend about it. But they knew by me that I was not OK.”

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