Joey Essex and Maura Higgins spark romance rumours after sharing steamy kiss

Joey Essex and Maura Higgins appeared to share a steamy kiss after the Pride of Britain Awards this week, leading fans to believe a new showbiz romance could be brewing. 

The pair were both in attendance at the annual awards which celebrates inspirational people, held at London’s Grosvenor Hotel. 

Maura was seen wearing a lemon yellow halter neck dress with a large ruched tulle skirt reminiscent of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, with her hair piled up in a bun with loose strands framing her face. 

Joey meanwhile was decked out in a sharp black suit, white shirt and a red tie for a pop of colour. 

The pair were photographed standing close together at the Red Bar in the hotel following the ceremony, where they appeared to passionately lock lips. 

Joey was seen resting his head on the Love Island star’s shoulder following the kiss, as the pair were also seen chatting animatedly. 

Maura, 31, was then seen leaving the venue with the Towie star, 32, as the pair shared a taxi together after the show. 

The sweet snaps come a year after Maura split with Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Giovanni Pernice in October last year. 

Maura and Giovanni had confirmed their whirlwind romance in July 2021 but parted ways just a few months later, with their busy schedules believed to have been the catalyst for the romance not working out. 

The reality star told her followers how she dealt with break-ups in December, writing during an Instagram Q&A with fans: ‘Allow yourself to grieve.

‘Spend time with the people you love & always remind yourself that everything happens for a reason!!!’

She added: ‘The people who want to be in your life will be in your life!!’ has contacted reps for Maura and Joey for comment. 

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