Maura Higgins supported by Lucie Donlan in wake of her split from Chris Taylor as she sends flowers and a card

MAURA Higgins was supported by Lucie Donlan after her split from Chris Taylor – as her pal sends her flowers and a card.

The Love Island star, 30, announced she split with her reality TV boyfriend, also 30, earlier this week.

Now Maura's pal Lucie – who was on the 2018 series of the ITV2 dating show with her – sent her a sweet care package to help with her broken heart.

Sharing a pic on Instagram, the Irish beauty showed off an amazing bouquet of white flowers along with a card.

The card reads: "I love you to the moon and back Maura."

The star captioned the pic: "I really do have the most amazing friends. Thankyou so much @lucierosedonlan you are truly amazing"

Maura told fans on Tuesday that she "still loves" Chris but they realised they're better off friends.

Writing in a statement on Instagram, she said: "It breaks my heart to even type this.

"But I wanted to let everyone know that myself and Chris have made the joint decision to end our relationship.

"There is no wrong doing on either side. We still love, care and respect each other deeply from the minute we met each other we've been very close friends and that will never change.

"There is no regret, life is about taking chances. We wanted to make this work, but we have realised we work better being friends.

"While I appreciate people may speculate or create false stories, this is the truth.

"I wish Chris nothing but the best and I will always be one of his biggest supporters. Thank you for all of the love and support."

Chris also released a statement on Instagram, saying: "Hey guys. After some very heartfelt conversations over the past few days, myself and Maura are very sad to announce that we have decided to part ways.

"We are both still on very good terms and this was a mutual decision where nobody had done anything wrong.

"We will remain friends, as we have been since day one and I will always be in Maura's corner and have her back.

"We are both going through a very tough time with this atm, so please take any speculation with a metric tonne of salt, cos this is the only truth (and as always, trolls can kindly f*** off.)

"Thank you for all the love and support you've given us it's truly appreciated."

The couple became good friends after appearing on the 2019 series of Love Island. As the pair spent more time together last summer, fans would comment on social media that they would make the perfect couple.

After months of speculation, Maura revealed she was dating Chris in November after their friendship turned romantic in lockdown.

The Love Island pair had always denied romance rumours, but Chris, melted hearts by admitting he'd "fallen in love with his best mate."

In an exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday in January, Maura said she wanted Chris to pop the question.

“We’re very much in love and we use the L-word a lot," said Maura.

"I look into the future and see myself with a family.

“I don’t want a baby any time soon, but when I’m ready and settled.

"I want to be married before I have a baby, so Chris better hurry up and give me that engagement ring, because I’m not getting any younger.”

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