Love Island’s Francesca Allen and Maura Higgins flash their abs in crop tops

Their friendship is still going strong today after it blossomed during the fifth series of Love Island in 2019. 

And Francesca Allen, 26, and Maura Higgins, 31, enjoyed a catch up as they left Zuma restaurant in London on Wednesday night.

The girls nearly matched with their outfits, with both Francesca and Maura wearing black jackets and trousers in the same colour which they teamed with cropped tops.

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Out on the town: Love Island’s Maura Higgins flashes her abs as she joins newly-engaged Francesca Allen for dinner at Zuma in London on Wednesday night

Francesca wore a top in a pastel pink while Maura opted for one in green, with both items leaving their impressively toned stomachs on show.

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Maura wore a black face mask as she walked along the street in a bid to protect herself and others from coronavirus.

She carried a green handbag and a gift bag as she walked alongside Francesca who wore lashings of make-up to highlight her pretty facial features. 

The pair no doubt had plenty to talk about following Francesca’s recent engagement. 

Top of the crops: Despite the chilly weather Maura still had her rock hard abs on display 

In style: Francesca wore a top in a pastel pink while Maura opted for one in green, with both items leaving their impressively toned stomachs on show

Francesca’s fiancé was recently revealed as her family friend, businessman Ed Crossan, who previously dated TOWIE’s Amber Turner.

The Love Island beauty revealed in December that Ed, the vice chairman of London-based waste management company Powerday, had popped the question in an idyllic festive proposal, having previously stayed coy on his identity.

Francesca said yes to Ed’s proposal at Marylebone’s swanky members club Home House and shared images of the moment with her Instagram followers. 

Legs eleven! Maura highlighted her toned pins in figure-hugging black leggings while a pair of heeled boots boosted her petite frame 

Meanwhile Maura also had news after she recently sprung to her friend Molly-Mae Hague’s defence when Shaughna Phillips weighed in on Molly’s ‘tone-deaf’ comments about wealth inequality on the recent Diary of a CEO YouTube series. 

Molly, 22, appeared on Love Island in 2019 and last year was named the creative director of clothing brand PrettyLittleThing, a title with a seven-figure salary.

A clip of her December interview on The Diary of a CEO then went viral last week, with Molly’s comments that she has ‘worked my a**e off’ for her wealth and that ‘everyone has the same 24 hours in a day’ to achieve sparked a backlash.

Shaughna, who appeared on the winter 2020 series of the reality show, tweeted: ‘Molly Mae is young, who’s had a lot of success really quickly, and not a lot of ‘life’.  

Under wraps: Maura wore a black face mask as she walked along the street in a bid to protect herself and others from coronavirus

Bearing gifts? Maura was seen clutching onto small gift bags as she left the eatery alongside her newly-engaged friend 

Adding that she believed Molly would come to regret her comments, she continued: ‘So I can understand why she holds those views. We all say things when we’re younger and look back and think ‘well that was stupid’ lol. No shade, I wanna live in her bubble.’ 

The tweet wasn’t taken lightly with Molly’s good friend and fellow 2019 show star Maura who blasted Shaughna for even getting involved.

She wrote: ‘Surely you know as someone in this industry how lonely and scary it can be when the whole internet is slamming you.  

‘You’re entitled to your opinion yes but I’m really surprised you commenting on this at all.’

Exciting: The pair no doubt had plenty to talk about following Francesca’s recent engagement to businessman beau Ed Crossley 

Shaughna quickly retorted: ‘100%! That’s why I tweeted this in her defence. She’s young and successful, it’s not her fault she has those views. Like I said, no shade, just jel lol.’  

Molly’s recent interview prompted uncharitable comparisons to the late Margaret Thatcher.

The star, who boasts six million Instagram followers and 1.5 million YouTube subscribers, made the comments on the YouTube series The Diary of a CEO.

Pals: The pair’s outing came after Maura sprung to her friend Molly-Mae Hague’s defence when Shaughna Phillips weighed in on Molly’s ‘tone-deaf’ comments about wealth inequality 

While the interview was first shared on YouTube on December 13, a clip from the episode went viral on Wednesday when it was shared on Twitter.

In the clip, Molly says: ‘You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it. You can literally go in any direction.  

‘When I’ve spoken about that in the past I have been slammed a little bit, with people saying ‘it’s easy for you to say that because you’ve not grown up in poverty, so for you to sit there and say we all have the same 24 hours in a day is not correct.’ But, technically, what I’m saying is correct. We do.’

Shaughna, who appeared on the winter 2020 series of the reality show, tweeted: ‘Molly Mae is young, who’s had a lot of success really quickly, and not a lot of ‘life’

She went on: ‘I understand we all have different backgrounds and we’re all raised in different ways and we do have different financial situations, but I think if you want something enough you can achieve it.  

‘It just depends on what lengths you want to go to get where you want to be in the future. And I’ll go to any length.’

She then added: ‘I’ve worked my absolute a**e off to get where I am now.’

The clip was shared on Twitter by @tsrbys under the comment ‘If you’re homeless just buy a house,’ and has been ‘liked’ 28.6k times.  

Bestie: The tweet wasn’t taken lightly with Molly’s good friend and fellow 2019 show star Maura who blasted Shaughna for even getting involved

A spokesman for Molly told Mailonline: ‘Molly did a podcast interview in December about her own rise to success. If you listen to the full conversation and interview Molly was asked about how the nature of her potential grows and how she believes in herself.

‘This part of the interview was discussing time efficiency relating to success. Molly refers to a quote which says ‘We all have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyonce’. She was discussing her own experience and how she can resonate with this specific quote.

‘Her opinion on if you want something enough you can work hard to achieve it is how she keeps determined with her own work to achieve more in her own life. Molly is not commenting on anyone else’s life or personal situation she can only speak of her own experience.

‘She acknowledges that everyone is raised in different ways and from different backgrounds but her comments here are in reference to timing, hard work and determination in her own life.

‘If you listen to this interview you can see the whole conversation was about her own personal circumstances, how she has grown up and this small clip in the conversation was talking about a quote that inspires her.

‘Social media users have shared a short snippet from this interview with words such as ‘if you are homeless buy a house’ and ‘if you are poor be poor’ these are absolutely not Molly’s words, these are not Molly’s thoughts and this isn’t at all the meaning or thought behind that conversation’.

Success: Molly, 22, appeared on Love Island in 2019 and last year was named the creative director of clothing brand PrettyLittleThing, a title with a seven-figure salary