LOVE Island star Curtis Pritchard could see himself settling down “with a family” in Maura Higgins’ native Ireland.
The 23-year-old, in Dublin for the weekend to spend some quality time with Irish grid girl, said he hasn’t ruled out living in her home country in the future.
He told The Sun: “I love Ireland. I’ve literally got so many fond memories so it’s really good to be back.
“I just want to go around Dublin and explore. I could actually see myself living in Ireland.
“Not currently right now because I’ve got so much going on in London but in the future maybe settling down with a family. I could see myself in Ireland.”
The TV star – who said he has “something in mind” to ask Maura Higgins to be his girlfriend – visited the 28-year-old’s hometown of Longford last month to meet her friends and family – and even learned how to pull a pint of Guinness in her local pub.
Speaking at a Virgin Media store, he said: “I’ve already been to Longford, met everyone, met the family and that was lovely – her family is incredible – all her friends are incredible.
“I sort of did a bit of a dream as well, I pulled my own pint of Guinness.
“I always wanted to do this, like I love the Guinness in Ireland and I’ve always wanted to pull my own pint and they let me do it at one of the pubs.
“Hands down, there’s no competition whatsoever – like sorry England, the Guinness over here is incredible.”
‘DOOR IS NEVER CLOSED’
The professional ballroom dancer who has just bagged himself a role as a receptionist on BBC show The Greatest Dancer said he’d never rule out a return to Ireland’s version of Strictly, Dancing With The Stars.
Curtis has worked on the popular Irish show for the last three years – but was ruled out of the beginning of this year’s series due to injuries he suffered from an assault incident.
He said: “The door is never closed. I don’t know, currently I’m doing other things but who knows what the future holds.
“But I would never say no – honestly dancing is my hobby, it’s my passion, it’s my love.
“I love everything about dancing, hence why I’m doing The Greatest Dancer – which is an amazing achievement for me.
“But Dancing With The Stars this year, I’m not going to be there but next year – who knows.”
‘NEARLY STARTED CRYING’
The Greatest Dancer is set to hit TV screens on January 4, 2020 – and Curtis has revealed that he nearly started crying when he heard some of the dancers’ stories.
The 23-year-old will be working alongside presenters Jordan Banjo and Alesha Dixon – as well as judges Cheryl Tweedy, Oti Mabuse and Matthew Morrison.
Curtis continued: “We’ve actually filmed some pre-recordings already, and it was incredible. Long days but incredible.
“Some of the stories I’ve heard from some of the dancers, like my heart, I nearly started crying like honestly the love between some of the couples.
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“There’s a wheelchair dancer, I don’t want to give too much away but there’s a wheelchair dancer and he started dancing to get to know her [his partner] basically and then they fell madly in love.
“He’s one of the strongest people I’ve ever met. I honestly nearly started crying listening to it.”
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