Love Island's Maura Higgins believes her friend Amber Gill is a "strong, independent woman" who will survive her split from Greg O'Shea.

The Longford woman thinks Gill, who won the show with O'Shea, will thrive despite the shock of being dumped by text.

O'Shea, who hails from Limerick, split from his partner just weeks after they left the villa after winning the competition.

Speaking at the TV Choice Awards, Higgins said her friend needs none of the frank advice she now dishes out on This Morning.

 "You know what, Amber is such a strong girl," she said.

"I don't think Amber needs much advice, she's very strong."

"She is a strong, independent woman and she will be absolutely fine."

Maura Higgins opened up about Amber Gill's split from Greg O'Shea on the red carpet

Gill confirmed on Loose Women that her relationship was ended over text, after she had asked O'Shea to make more effort.

She admitted she "wasn't expecting" her split from fellow champion O'Shea, and said that she had "wanted to make it work".

O'Shea confirmed on Friday's Late Late Show on RTÉ One that he and the British beauty therapist are no longer together.

 Amber Gill and Anna Vakili attend The TV Choice Awards 2019 at Hilton Park Lane 

She appeared at the TV Choice Awards alone, with O'Shea, who was expected to attend the event, absent.

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Higgins also  said she felt "part of the furniture" on This Morning after joining the team.

Despite her busy schedule, she said still tried to see friends from the villa.

"We try to see each other as much as possible but it's difficult," she said.

"Once you've been though that experience  you want to be there to support one another."

The extreme changes in her life and career since leaving the villa have surprised and delighted Higgins.

She said: "With the opportunities, it's insane. I feel very, very lucky, honestly."

Higgins was joined by fellow Love Island star Lucie Donlan at the awards, who said she was passionate about getting more young girls into her sport of surfing.

Lucie Donlan also walked the red carpet