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Entertainment Maura Higgins pays tribute to late best friend in emotional post

17:00  16 october  2020
17:00  16 october  2020 Source:   heatworld.com

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Yesterday, Maura Higgins paid tribute to her late best-friend, Andrew Rowan, in a touching Instagram Stories collage.

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The former Love Islander posted a collection of black and white photos of herself and Andrew, who tragically died in a motorbike traffic accident.

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Alongside the photos, Maura wrote, "Happy birthday to my angel in heaven ❤️I love & miss you so much."

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Amy Hart

a woman holding a sign posing for the camera: Amy Hart © Credits: ITV Amy Hart

Amy is the 26-year-old Islander from Sussex who has never had a boyfriend before.

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She worked as an air hostess and cabin crew manager for British Airways for eight years.

On launch night, Amy announced on Instagram that she had left her old job to "start a new adventure."

Amy has also taken part in beauty pageants and was crowned Miss United Kingdom in the Miss Beautiful International Pageant in 2017.

Anna Vakili

Anna Vakili © Credits: ITV Anna Vakili

Anna Vakili, 28, is a pharmacist from London, recognised for her 'Kardashian-like' features.

Anna studied hard with her education and achieved a masters before becoming a pharmacist.

The Islander has a Middle Eastern background and is a popular figure on Instagram (according to Sherif).

A source told The Mirror, "Anna is well known in the London clubbing scene. She loves the attention of nights out and you'll always find her in the VIP section surrounded by men".

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Joe Garratt

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Joe is a 22-year-old sandwich maker from South East London.

He owns his own catering company, but used to be a semi-professional rugby player.

Joe even brought his own sandwich platter to his photoshoot for the Love Island press day, made up of his signature filling, called the "Joe Special".

Michael Griffiths

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Michael is a straight-talking Scouser and real life hero who saves lives for a living.

The 27-year-old firefighter from Liverpool entered the iconic Spanish villa on the opening night and revealed that he also has a degree in bio medical science.

Yewande Biala

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Yewande is the 23-year-old scientist from Dublin who is in the villa to find her dream man.

Yewande has specialised in finding a cure for cancer after starting her degree at the age of 16. She used to work 60 hours a week as an oncology vaccine specialist.

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Sherif Lanre

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Sherif Lanre, 20, is from Lambeth and worked as a chef and semi-pro rugby player before entering the Love Island villa.

The London lad regularly shares videos of himself on Instagram coaching a gym class.

He said, "I'm upbeat and cheeky and outrageous with my own friends so hopefully that continues in the villa. I'm always on a mission to make people laugh."

Anton Danyluk

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Anton claims to be the first ever Scottish man to appear on the ITV2 dating show.

The 24-year-old is a proud gym owner who displayed his self-confidence in his Love Island introduction video.

He confessed, "That's a medical condition that I have... a wandering eye!

"I've never really been loyal in any of my relationships."

Callum Macleod

a woman sitting in a pool of water: Callum Macleod © Credits: ITV Callum Macleod

Before going on the show, Callum worked as an aircraft engineer in South Wales.

The 28-year-old hunk shares his name with a British racing car driver and a cricketer, but strangely is related to neither of them.

Callum enjoys playing rugby in his free time and appears to be a family man, regularly sharing snaps of his loved ones on social media.

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He also enjoys luxury holidays and nights out, with Instagram snaps showing various nightclubs and shots from Ibiza, Marbella and Dubai.

Lucie Donlan

a person holding a sign posing for the camera: Lucie Donlan © Credits: ITV Lucie Donlan

The blonde beauty from Newquay, Cornwall worked as a surfer and glamour model before entering the villa.

Lucie likes the "typical surfer look" and previously dated last year's Islander Charlie Frederick.

The male contestants are going to have to 'graft' hard to keep Lucie interested, as she confessed she gets bored easily and doesn't usually stay in relationships longer than six months.

Tommy Fury

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The 20-year-old professional boxer from Manchester is most well-known for his famous brother and former boxing World Champion Tyson Fury.

Tommy Fury was trained by boxing legend Ricky Hatton and made his boxing debut in December in 2018.

The fighter is pretty self-confidence and described himself in his opening video as, "honest, charismatic and charming".

Amber Gill

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Amber Gill worked as a beautician in Newcastle before strutting into the Love Island villa on the first day.

The 21-year-old specialised in lashes and facials, but also worked as a model for online clothing brand Fash1.UK.

She also seems to be pals with former Geordie Islanders, Ellie Brown and Adam Collard.

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Curtis Pritchard

Curtis Pritchard © Credits: ITV Curtis Pritchard

Curtis Pritchard is most well-known for being the brother of Strictly Come Dancing professional, AJ.

Curtis is an amazing ballroom and Latin dancer too, and has featured on Dancing with the Stars Ireland as a professional dancer.

The 23-year-old dancer from Shropshire recently hit headlines in December 2018, when he and his brother AJ were assaulted in a nightclub in Cheshire.

Curtis had surgery on his knee and suffered injury to his eyes and face while AJ suffered from bruising.

Molly-Mae Hague

a woman posing for a picture: Molly-Mae Hague © Credits: ITV Molly-Mae Hague

Molly-Mae Hague was the first bombshell to enter the villa this year.

The 20-year-old from Hertfordshire claims her occupation is a social media influencer and she is really proud of how far she has come in her career.

Molly-Mae believes she has done really well for herself and said, "considering the small town I come from, I've moved out, got my own flat and grown my Instagram following to over 150,000 to make it my job."

Danny Williams

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Danny Williams was the third male bombshell to arrive at the Love Island villa.

The six foot two model from Hull caught they eye of another mega stature housemate, Arabella Chi.

Danny is 21-years-old and has already made his mark in the modelling industry, having worked with GymShark, Moschino and Mr. Porter.

The popular model has also featured on the cover of a popular magazine with Little Mix stars Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards. Lucky him!

Elma Pazar

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Elma Pazar is a beautician and was surprisingly the first Essex resident to appear on the ITV2 dating show in the 2019 series.

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Her claim to fame is that she has done eyelashes on some of the girls from The Only Way Is Essex.

Maura Higgins

a person holding a sign posing for the camera: Maura Higgins © Credits: ITV Maura Higgins

Maura Higgins, 28, was the third female bombshell to enter the Love Island villa.

The Irish grid girl and model is from County Longford and has worked with famous faces through her modelling work, including former One Direction star, Liam Payne.

In 2017, Maura starred in Liam Payne's music video for his single Get Low.

Tom Walker

a person standing in front of a colorful dress: Tom Walker © Credits: ITV Tom Walker

Before entering the villa Tom was a model and has shared plenty of snaps from shoots on his Instagram page. He's even previously appeared on TV and billboards. He rates himself a "solid 8" out of 10 and says he "appreciates" he's "been blessed" in the looks department.

Jordan Hames

Manchester born Jordan Hames is a 24-year-old model who starred alongside David Beckham during Adidas' World Cup campaign. Talk about claim to fame, ey?

Arabella Chi

a woman holding a sign posing for the camera: Arabella Chi © Credits: ITV Arabella Chi

Arabella became the fourth female bombshell and she just happens to be a model. She's worked for ASOS and has even (surprisingly) modelled maternity clothes.

Despite her job, the 28 year old has admitted she's reluctant to date other models because arrogance is a turn off for her and according to the star "you meet a lot of them in modelling".

Her claim is previously dating Charlie Frederick and she's pals with Montana Brown who has revealed her sneaky motive for the show.

Belle Hassan

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Belle was a Casa Amor bombshell and the only lady who managed to get it on with Anton. She's 21, from Bromley and if you think she's great at doing makeup it's probably because she's a makeup artist.

Joanna Chimonides

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Joanna, 22, managed to turn Michael's head in Casa Amor. She's from London and before entering the villa she was a recruitment consultant.

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Jourdan Riane

a woman standing in front of a colorful wall: Jourdan Riane © Credits: ITV Jourdan Riane

Danny was unlucky in love - both Yewande and Arabella were booted from the villa - but he quickly got over it when 24 year old Jourdan arrived. Before going on the ITV show, Jourdan was a model, actress and influencer.

Lavena Back

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Lavena didn't last long in the Love Island villa - bless her - but on the plus side she has 50k followers and is a business developer, so she can always go back to doing that...

Maria Wild

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Another Casa Amor bombshell that we barely saw was Maria Wild. The 22 year old is from Cheltenham and if reality TV doesn't work out for her she can go back to VIP hosting.

Nabila Badda

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Before Nabila, 29, entered the Love Island villa during the Casa Amor stage she was a hostess in London.

Dan Rose

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Dan barely got any screen time, can you actually remember seeing him in Casa Amor? Us neither. Oh well, the 21 year old from Essex gained a few thousand followers and can continue being a bathroom salesman.

Dennon Lewis

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Dennon from Watford almost managed to steal Maura's heart in Casa Amor but it didn't work out. Luckily, the 22 year old is a professional footballer so we reckon he flew straight back to his regular job after being dumped from the villa.

George Rains

George Rains © Credits: ITV George Rains

Ahh George. He barely said anything during his time in the villa but he did spill the team when Closer Online caught up with him... The 22 year old is from Essex and if he's had enough of reality TV then he's got his job as a builder to go back to.

Marvin Brooks

a man holding a sign posing for the camera: Maria Wild © Credits: ITV Maria Wild

Marvin, 29, tried to luck with Maura but it wasn't meant to be. The personal trainer and ex royal navy officer from Bournemouth then tried to crack on with Amber Gill but she wasn't feeling it.

Ovie Soko

Ovie Soko © Credits: ITV Ovie Soko

Ovie. He rivals Maura when it comes to the best Love Island 2019 contestant. The 28 year old from London was a professional basketball player before entering the villa and we doubt he'll completely give up his career for reality TV.

Stevie Bradley

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Stevie is a 21 year old student from Isle of Man. The Casa Amor bombshell snogged Lucie but things didn't work out in the end.

Harley Brash

Harley, 20, from Newcastle managed to turn bombshell Chris' head. The estate agent was booted from the villa days after entering it but she walked out with Chris on her arm, so not a complete loss.

Harley Brash

a woman holding a sign posing for the camera: Harley Brash © Credits: ITV Harley Brash

Harley, 20, from Newcastle managed to turn bombshell Chris' head. The estate agent was booted from the villa days after entering it but she walked out with Chris on her arm, so not a complete loss.

Greg O'Shea

a man standing in front of a colorful wall: Greg O'Shea © Credits: ITV Greg O'Shea

Greg is the Jamie Jewitt of Love Island 2019. The 24 year old professional rubgy player (err, hello hun) is from Ireland. Obvs. His Irish accent is everything.

India Reynolds

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India won Ovie over straight away, maybe being the same age - 28 - had something to do with it? Or maybe the fact that the star from Reading is a model.

Chris Taylor

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Chris is perfect for reality TV; he's hilarious, unique and we can all relate to him - tbh. The 28 year old is from Leicester and is a business development manager. After entering the villa he revealed he had been creating a website alongside his friend: "The idea of it is a social support network for new and upcoming dog owners".

Francesca Allen

a woman holding a sign posing for the camera: Francesca Allen © Credits: ITV Francesca Allen

Essex bombshell Francesca is 23 and she's a clothing store manager and co-owns her own Boutique. You go girl!

a close up of a person: Maura had been invited to go to dinner with Andrew the night he passed © Credits: Instagram @maurahiggins Maura had been invited to go to dinner with Andrew the night he passed

Maura's tribute comes on what would have been Andrew's 29th birthday and the reality star has paid her respects to him on social media every year since his passing.

Speaking to The Mirror last year, the 29-year-old revealed that she often holds herself responsible for her best friend's death.

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She told the publication, "For so long, I used to think that if I had gone for dinner with him that day, when he had asked, he wouldn't have been on that motorbike.

"I just kicked myself for so long and got worked up about it."

Two months ago, Maura broached the subject again and told The Sun's Fabulous Magazine how Andrew's death has had a lasting effect on her.

She said, "I get the question so many times: ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’, and I can’t answer it after that happened.

"That experience taught me to live every day in the moment."

Following her stint on Love Island last year, Maura has worked with Boohoo and Ann Summers.

Our hearts go out to Maura and all of Andrew's friends and family. ❤️

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