Maura Higgins was reportedly kept away from Dancing On Ice pro skater's wife to stop a catfight amid his marriage "collapse".
The newly-single Love Island bombshell, who went public with her split from Curtis Pritchard, has been growing close to Dancing On Ice star Alex Demetriou over a period of time.
Rumours have been circulating Alex's wife Carlotta Edwards didn't trust the gorgeous reality star with her husband of 11 years in a backstage jealousy row.
It's claimed the couple of 11 years have been on the brink of announcing the end of their marriage.
Now it's emerged Dancing On Ice bosses stage-managed Maura and Carlotta to ensure they didn't get into a bust-up, a source claimed.
Concerned TV bosses were reportedly keeping the two women from coming into close contact with each other during the final.
A show source told The Sun : "It's a small set-up at the studio but producers went out of their way to stop Maura and Carlotta coming into contact.
"Dancing On Ice is a family show and the last thing they wanted was a catfight."
It's also claimed the pair were kept away from each other backstage.
The make-up team were reportedly briefed on working on the stars at different times to avoid a backstage clash.
The insider added: "Backstage they were kept apart with Maura being taken under pro skater Matt Evers' wing. Even the make-up department were briefed to work on them at different times."
Mirror Online has approached Maura Higgins and Dancing On Ice representatives for comment.
Maura returned to the stage for the Dancing On Ice final just days after going public with the end of her relationship.
The Irish beauty confided in her followers she had to pull the plug on her romance with Curtis.
They hadn't been pictured together since the NTA's in late January.
Rumours were flying they had a fight after he said she only got the red carpet presenting gig because of his fame.
She wrote: "Curtis and I have made the decision to separate. We enjoyed a great experience from our time in the villa and want to thank everyone for supporting our relationship.
"There is no easy way to get through a breakup and no bad feeling on either side.
"We tried to make it work but it wasn't to be and I wish Curtis nothing but the best for the future."
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