Maura became known for her outspoken attitude and openness about love-making. Chris Taylor came into the villa very late in the season. He coupled up with Harley Brash for the last week or so of the show but was well-loved by fans for his quirky antics. Chris’ head wrap and robe became a meme among viewers and his signature dive into the pool called “The Salmon” took over the villa and the internet. He made strong friendships in the villa, and currently lives with fellow islanders Danny Williams, Jordan Hames, and Michael Griffiths.
Earlier today, Chris revealed on Instagram that he and Maura are now together. Rumors about the pair had been circulating since June, when Maura was spotted leaving Chris’ apartment. At the time, Maura denied that they were a couple, saying to Mail Online, “Chris is one of my best friends. A lot of people have said we’re dating but it’s only because we get on so well. We click and have the same banter. We got on so well in the villa, but I don’t think our friendship was shown at all.” In the fall, they both appeared on the Love Island: What Happened Next special, where Maura visited Chris’ flat to film. They both said they were single on the show. Chris added more fuel to the rumor mill last week when he posted a video of the Tik Tok challenge “kiss your best friend” with Maura.
Chris posted a sweet photo of him and Maura this afternoon with the caption, “Turns out I fell in love with my best mate.” Their friends from Love Island were ecstatic, and the commenters included Molly Mae Hague, Yewande Biala, Danny Williams, Greg O’Shea and Dom Lever. Maura’s close friend Molly Mae wrote, “Everything and more,” while Chris’ roommate Jordan Hames commented, “What a fine young gentleman you have blossomed into sir. I’m a proud brother out here.” Other well-wishers included Jess Gale, Laura Anderson, Francesca Allen, Gabby Allen and Joe Garratt. Maura responded by posting the same picture on her Instagram, with the caption, “He’s mine.”
Only time will tell what’s next for the couple, but fans and friends are thrilled. We wish the new couple all the best!