Who is Maura Higgins’ ‘new beau’? Everything you need to know about footballer Connor Wickham

Maura Higgins is believed to be dating footballer Connor Wickham, with the duo recently said to have enjoyed a romantic holiday together.

The Love Island star, 31, is reportedly smitten with Milton Keynes Dons ace Connor, 29, after a close pal "put them in touch" and romance started to blossom between them.

Maura and Connor then reportedly jetted off to Paris last month together, and according to The Sun, they've now headed off on their first proper holiday together after making things official recently.

A source revealed: “Maura keeps her cards close to her chest but she seems totally mad on Connor. A good friend of hers put them in touch and they have been talking for some time."

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“Connor and Maura went to Paris last month and it ended up being so romantic. They made it official then and have now gone off on their first holiday together as a couple," the insider told The Sun.

Maura shared a string of snaps on Instagram from their trip to Paris but was careful not to show Connor in any of the photos. She has posted things alluding to a new romance however, with one of her Paris photos showing a dinner table laid for two.

The star also captioned the romantic snaps: "Fight for your fairytale," and some of her pals left comments hinting that she'd been holidaying with a new man, with one person saying: "p.s…. cupids work here is done," alongside a wink face emoji.

Connor currently plays for Milton Keynes Dons, but previously played for teams such as Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Preston North End.

He hails from Hereford and started his football career with Reading, where he played youth football for four years.

The 29 year old has also played at various levels of international football for the England national team, and he is now set to become a free agent on 30 June.

Away from the pitch, Connor is dad to five year old son Jaxon, who he shares with his ex-girlfriend, model and performer Kayla Cadorna.

Maura's most recent relationship was with Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice, with the pair enjoying a four-month romance last year before calling it quits.

The brunette beauty fell for dancer Curtis Pritchard on Love Island in 2019, and the pair continued to date outside the villa for around eight months before going their separate ways.

Maura then had a brief romance with fellow Islander Chris Taylor, who she had become best friends with after their time on the ITV2 dating show.

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