Friends of CURTIS Pritchard have accused ex Maura Higgins of launching a “smear campaign” against him after going public with Amber Pierson.
The 24-year-old professional dancer was spotted getting comfortable with new flame Amber on a recent outing – leaving Maura furious.
The former Love Island narcotic, 29, was reportedly injured after Curtis was spotted being intimate with the girl he was allegedly cheated on.
Following the news, Maura tweeted, “The truth always comes out. ”
Now Curtis’ pals are insisting the cheating allegations are a “smear campaign” following rumors about Maura’s relationship with Dancing On Ice co-star Alexander Demetriou.
An insider told the MailOnline: “The claims earlier this year that Curtis was with Amber while she was still with Maura were simply a tactical diversion on her part to quell the rumors that were circulating about the close relationship she had. with her dance partner Alex. “
Maura bonded with Alex during the final season of the ITV show, with the couple spending time together after the series ended.
Alex later separated from his wife Carlotta Edwards after four years of marriage.
The insider added, “Maura and Alex swore nothing was going on, but Alex separated from his wife shortly after the show ended under suspicious circumstances which convinced everyone.
“We all actually know there was no overlap of him starting to see Amber. They toured together without any kind of spark, it wasn’t until after that that happened.
“Any other suggestion is just a smear campaign against Maura to hurt Curtis and upset and hurt him further.”
“The truth will all come out in time, but we all support Curtis and support his side of events. Those who live in glass houses should not throw bricks! ”
Maura and Curtis have fiercely denied the cheating rumors.
Earlier this week, The Sun revealed Irishman Maura was feeling ‘humiliated’ after seeing pictures of Curtis and Amber together.
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A source told us: “Maura feels humiliated because she suspected Curtis of cheating and now thinks she should have trusted her instincts back then. She thinks she’s been in the relationship too long and should have cut ties when she started having doubts.
“Curtis is adamant that his relationship with Maura ended long before his romance began with Amber. But he’s not stupid and can see what it looks like.
“Maura is in a great place right now, though. She has great friends around her and is focused on herself, her career and the many exciting projects that she has to come.
Maura and Curtis met on the Love Island series last summer, and they were together for eight months before they went their separate ways in March this year.