Molly-Mae Hague has denied reports that she knew Maura Higgins before entering the Love Island villa.
A source told Mirror Online that Molly-Mae and Maura already knew each other, meeting in March on an influencer trip to Dubai.
However, a representative for Molly-Mae has now blasted the claims, speaking exclusively to OK! online.
The rep told us: “There is absolutely no truth in that.
“She’s never met Maura before. She’s one hundred percent never been on an influencer trip to Dubai with her before.”
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Molly-Mae and Maura have acted as love rivals on the current series of the hit ITV2 show as they fought over boxer Tommy Fury.
But viewers questioned why Molly-Mae was so kind to the Irish ring girl, lending her a jacket on her first night.
They also noticed how quickly the pair managed to patch up their friendship after Tommy decided to recouple with Molly-Mae, instead of pursuing Maura.
The insider told The Mirror they saw the pair at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen Dubai.
They said: “They were sitting there, all dressed up and having dinner together.
“They looked like really good mates, not like they had just met each other. The manager and waiters couldn’t take their eyes off them, they were just saying they were beyond-level fit.
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“I thought it was really bizarre they were pretending they didn’t know each other, and especially as they were love rivals, but then it all made sense to me.
“If they knew each other and Maura was sent in to stir up trouble then it makes sense she would try and hurt Molly on TV, as it would all have been agreed.”
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Posts on the pair’s respective Instagram profiles show they were both indeed in Dubai in March — and checked into the same hotspots just days apart from each other.
Maura tagged herself at the Cove Beach resort on 8 March, while Molly-Mae posted from the same spot just two days before.
Molly-Mae told followers she was enjoying dinner at STK Dubai Downtown on 5 March, with Maura posting from the restaurant the very next morning.
A representative for Maura Higgins has also been contacted for comment.
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