LOVE Island’s Maura Higgins has shared a heartfelt tribute to former best pal Andrew Rowan during a trip back to Ireland.
The stunning grid girl and model returned to her home town a few days ago, and was quick to reignite his memory during a chat with his dad, Tom Rowan.
Andrew, 26, died when his motorbike collided with three cars in Co Athlone, Ireland in 2017.
Maura took to her Instagram stories page to pose alongside his father for a sweet image on a night out.
Alongside, Curtis Pritchard’s girlfriend wrote: “Reminiscing about Andrew with daddy Rowan.”
She followed up with an image of a love heart Emoji icon.
Andrew, a popular digger driver, left behind parents Tom and Margaret, siblings Thomas and Susan, and devastated Maura and her sisters Becki and Louise, who grew up with him, following his passing.
Andrew’s death culminated in a tough year for hard-working Maura whose career had soared thanks to modelling work in Dubai and America – but her relationship crumbled.
Maura gave her pal the affectionate nickname, maddog, and it is clear she is not willing to let him be forgotten.
She has spoken about his passing openly, even claiming she blamed herself for his death.
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The 28-year-old has admitted her regret that she “couldn’t be bothered” to get out of her pyjamas and go out with her pal Andrew Rowan that fateful night.
Speaking to the Mirror, in a hugely candid interview, the ITV2 reality star said she used to believe there’s a chance Andrew wouldn’t have died if she had gone out with him that evening.
She explained: “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.
“My family kept saying to me, ‘Maura, you can’t think like this, it was going to happen’, but I just kicked myself for so long and got worked up about it for so long.”
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