Maura Higgins won praise – and a few laughs – when she teased fans by asking if she was pregnant or just experiencing bloating in a playful social media post.
And she teased fans by suggesting that she and her 30-year-old lover could soon be parents as she made a playful joke about pregnancy.
Taking to Instagram Stories on Boxing Day, Maura posed with her midriff exposed and a slight bump on her famously usually toned stomach.
Teasing fans she posted a short video of herself showing off her belly along with a poll asking whether she was showing off a “baby” or “food bump”.
The poll sparked amusement – and also words of praise for the reality show star, as many remarked they had been feeling very bloated after feasting over Christmas.
One follower replied to her saying: “This has really helped me today, thank you xx hope u had a lovely xmas.”
While another remarked: “This made me feel a bit better! You’re beautiful.”
And a further fan thanked the star for “keeping it real for us all.”
Maura shared a screen grab of responses along with the caption: “We’re all feeling that Christmas bloat then.”
Then a few minutes later, and following many, many more responses, the Love Island star hinted that she had been left overwhelmed by the reaction to her post.
Sharing even more responses, she remarked: “I genuinely do forget that this is the content you guys really love to see.
“I’m really going to try to show you more real stuff in the New Year as I know how important it is – especially for the younger generation on social media.”