Maura Higgins seen for the first time since splitting with Christopher Taylor as she spends time Molly-Mae Hague

MAURA Higgins has been spotted for the first time since splitting with Christopher Taylor, spending time with best pal Molly-Mae Hague.

The 30-year-old Love Island star, who separated from her beau this week, has been staying with Molly-Mae, 21, in her Cheshire home.

Maura broke the news on Instagram this week that she and Chris, 30, had parted ways after realising they were better off as friends.

She was spotted in public for the first time on Saturday morning as she filled up her car with petrol while best friend Molly-Mae sat in the car.

The reality star looked solemn as she was snapped standing in a comfortable cream track suit, white socks and rubber slipper-style sliders.

Maura added a touch of glam to her look with a full palette of makeup, including a bright pink lipstick, and accessorised with gold jewellery.

She was careful not to make eye contact with the camera as she went about her day, instead fixing an emotionless pout and looking downward.

Molly-Mae sat in the passenger seat of the four-by-four vehicle, wearing all black and keeping her hair neat in a slick up do.

Earlier this week, Maura took to social media to share the heartbreaking news of their split after six months of dating, insisting she "still loves" Chris.

"It breaks my heart to even type this," she wrote to her Instagram stories. "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.

"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, insisting the pair were on "good terms" and that the split was a "mutual decision" that will see them "remain friends".

Heartbroken Maura has since moved in with her best mate Molly-Mae and her boyfriend Tommy Fury, 22, in the Cheshire home.

A source said: “Maura turned to her bestie for support during her split and has been using their home as a crash pad.

“It’s worked out perfectly because Tommy has just flown off to boxing camp in America and Molly hates staying on her own.

“Maura is going to stay there until she works out what she wants to do next and where she wants to live.”

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.

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