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I breathed a sigh of relief when the news broke that our Maura was finally free from whatever dark magic Curtis had cast on her

Ciara O'Connor


  

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Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins are officially dating. Picture: Instagram

Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins are officially dating. Picture: Instagram

Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena

Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena

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 Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins attends the ITV Palooza 2019 at the Royal Festival Hall on November 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins attends the ITV Palooza 2019 at the Royal Festival Hall on November 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

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Maura Higgins. Picture: Frank McGrath

Maura Higgins. Picture: Frank McGrath

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Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins are officially dating. Picture: Instagram

I know, I know: when a friend breaks up with her awful boyfriend you have to wait at least a week or two before you say, "Thank God, he really was an awful d**khead," in case they get back together and then you can never take it back and they get married and the knowledge that you think he's the worst sits between you and your friend for the rest of time, silent and terrible.

I know this. And yet, just a week or so after Maura and Curtis parted ways, I can't help myself. Like the rest of the country, I breathed a sigh of relief when the news broke that our Maura was finally free from whatever dark magic Curtis had cast on her. I feel elated not having to pretend to like Curtis any more. I feel free. I can only imagine how Maura feels. And I know, that when we inevitably become friends one day, she won't hold it against me for jumping the gun on celebrating this parting of ways.

The break-up, as Love Island break-ups are wont to do, is mostly playing out over Instagram captions and entirely unsubstantiated gossip. Maura posted an incredible picture of herself all in white like the angel she is, with the caption, "A strong women [sic] never gives up on herself, but she may give up on you," to which Curtis (indirectly) responded with a family photo and, "The people that always support me..." It's white-knuckle stuff.