With the new season of Love Island now in full swing, fans can look forward to the coupling and re-coupling that will ensue over the summer. However, while all eyes on the villa, sparks seem to be flying between former contestant Maura Higgins and Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice, too. Here’s what we know so far about the rumoured new romance…
The chat around Higgins and Pernice began when the duo starting liking each other’s social media posts during June. That same month, it was reported that the pair had checked into the same hotel in Cornwall on a recent mini-break.
As yet, representatives for Higgins and Pernice have declined to comment on the rumours. However, per the Daily Mail, the couple were pictured together for the first time on Thursday, July 1, during a night out in Blackpool at the Sapphires drag cabaret show bar. According to the publication, the pair had been staying in a hotel at the seaside resort while Giovanni performed in Him And Me alongside fellow Strictly star Anton Du Beke.
“Gio and Maura are very much a couple. Everyone know he’s played the field in the past but he is serious about Maura. He’s smitten with her, they’ve become close really quickly and are spending a lot of time together in Blackpool,” a source reportedly told the Daily Mail.
Pernice split from The Pussycat Dolls’ Ashley Roberts in 2020, while Higgins announced her break-up with fellow Love Island contestant, Chris Taylor, last month. A fan-favourite, the couple said the decision to end their relationship was mutual.
In an Instagram post announcing their split, Higgins wrote: “From the minute we met each other we’ve been very close friends and that will never change. There is no regret. Life is about taking chances. We wanted to make this work, but we have realised we work better being friends.”
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