Maura Higgins continues to fuel speculation 'she's set to replace Caroline Flack on Love Island'

Maura Higgins continues to fuel speculation ‘she’s set to replace Caroline Flack on Love Island’ as she posts topless poolside snap after host’s assault arrest

  • In a caption beneath the image, Maura, 28, wrote, ‘Do one winter’
  • On Friday, Love Island presenter Caroline, 40, was charged with assault following an alleged bust-up with her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 28
  • The couple reportedly had an explosive row at her home in Islington, north London, in the early hours of Thursday 

Love Island star Maura Higgins has continued to fuel speculation she could be in line to replace Caroline Flack on the show’s winter series by sharing a cryptic Instagram image on Sunday.

The 2019 contestant, 28, posted a topless shot by what appeared to be the ITV2 dating series’ famous infinity pool in a sunny location, just days after host Caroline, 40, was charged with assault following an alleged bust-up with boyfriend Lewis Burton, 28.

Sparking rumours she’s working on a project with Love Island – which will be set in South Africa – the model held onto her bra as she captioned the photo: ‘Do one winter’.

'Do one winter' Love Island star Maura Higgins continued to fuel speculation she could replace Caroline Flack on the show's winter series by sharing a cryptic Instagram image on Sunday

‘Do one winter’ Love Island star Maura Higgins continued to fuel speculation she could replace Caroline Flack on the show’s winter series by sharing a cryptic Instagram image on Sunday

The former grid girl first dropped a hint she could be stepping in for embattled Caroline as the presenter of Love Island’s first winter edition earlier in the weekend. although she’s set to compete on Dancing On Ice in the new year.  

Irish beauty Maura made the suggestion with the help of a snap on a private jet, while adding the caption: ‘off to the sun to shoot something very exciting.’

MailOnline has contacted ITV representatives for further comment. 

Excited fans quickly questioned the star’s reason for the post, with many suggesting that she could be set to present Love Island. 

Career in the balance: Host Caroline (pictured on the series), 40, was charged with assault following an alleged bust-up with boyfriend Lewis Burton, 28, earlier in the week

Career in the balance: Host Caroline (pictured on the series), 40, was charged with assault following an alleged bust-up with boyfriend Lewis Burton, 28, earlier in the week

'Shooting something exciting': The former grid girl first dropped a hint she could be stepping in for embattled Caroline as the presenter of Love Island's winter edition earlier in the weekend

 ‘Shooting something exciting’: The former grid girl first dropped a hint she could be stepping in for embattled Caroline as the presenter of Love Island’s winter edition earlier in the weekend

What does this mean? To set fans' pulses racing, Maura added wrote a cryptic message in the photo's caption

What does this mean? To set fans’ pulses racing, Maura added wrote a cryptic message in the photo’s caption

One simply wrote: ‘Love Island’ and added a winking emoji. Another asked: ‘Are you heading down to SA by any chance miss Higgins’. 

Someone else wondered: ‘New love island presenter?’ 

It comes after blood was seen spattered on Caroline’s front door on Saturday after her assault arrest. 

Photographs of her front door in Islington, north London, emerged as Lewis was spotted for the first time today since the incident in the early hours of Thursday. 

This could be big: Excited fans quickly questioned the star's reason for the post, with many suggesting that she could be set to present Love Island

This could be big: Excited fans quickly questioned the star’s reason for the post, with many suggesting that she could be set to present Love Island

The 6ft 4in tennis player arrived at his house in Sidcup wearing a tracksuit, and left minutes later in a change of clothes and cap.  He told waiting photographers: ‘I have nothing to say.’

Earlier he was seen leaving his home behind the wheel of his Range Rover after sharing a picture of himself with Flack on Instagram next to a love heart.  

Caroline is said to have needed hospital treatment after cutting her hand on broken glass after the alleged fight.

Bust-up: It comes after blood was seen spattered on Caroline's front door on Saturday after her arrest on Thursday (pictured: Caroline and her tennis player boyfriend Lewis in October)

Bust-up: It comes after blood was seen spattered on Caroline’s front door on Saturday after her arrest on Thursday (pictured: Caroline and her tennis player boyfriend Lewis in October)

It was reported that Mr Burton shouted ‘I was normal till I met her’ as she was arrested by police.  However, a friend today confirmed exclusively to MailOnline that he would not be pressing charges.

The friend said: ‘Lewis is very upset and embarrassed about how this situation has blown up. It was a tiff between a couple that love each other and should never have ended up in the public domain.

‘He has not – and is not pressing charges. He loves Caroline and wants things to be back to normal as soon as possible.’

Past is behind him: This morning Mr Burton shared a picture of him with his girlfriend on Instagram next to a love heart

Past is behind him: This morning Mr Burton shared a picture of him with his girlfriend on Instagram next to a love heart

Mr Burton has seemed particularly keen to keep to a low-profile following the explosive news that has plagued the couple over the past two days.

She will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on December 23 charged with assault by beating.

Eyewitnesses have described ‘total chaos’ outside Flack’s home as police arrived to diffuse the situation with her boyfriend. 

A family friend said: ‘There is not much to say. We are not people who like to gossip. I hope people respect the situation.’   

Fight: Police were called to her home in Islington, north London , in the early hours of Thursday morning to reports of a man being assaulted (Pictured: Caroline with Lewis in October)

Fight: Police were called to her home in Islington, north London , in the early hours of Thursday morning to reports of a man being assaulted (Pictured: Caroline with Lewis in October)

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