Maura Higgins splits from Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice after whirlwind romance

Maura Higgins splits from Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice after whirlwind romance


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Love Island beauty Maura Higgins has reportedly split from Strictly Come Dancing beau Giovanni Pernice after mere months together.

Fans first noticed something was wrong when pictures disappeared from both of their social media accounts.

Maura is said to be "absolutely devastated" following the split, a source has told The Sun.

The 30-year-old started dating the Italian pro dancer and went public back in July 2021, and since then their bond only seems to have grown stronger.

Maura loved sharing sweet shots of the smitten pair on Instagram, where they often gushed over each other.

They’d even been preparing to take their relationship to the next level by moving in together.

But blissful cohabitation is definitely off the cards for this couple as the brief romance comes to an end after just three short months.

The announcement comes just days after the reality star sparked rumours of a potential break-up as she deleted all Instagram pics of 31-year-old Giovanni.

After previously being so open about their relationship together, the absence of pictures suddenly set alarm bells going for fans.

A source close to Maura says it's all because of Giovanni's Strictly commitments.

"It's all over for now. Maura's absolutely devastated, it appears the Strictly curse has struck again," they told The Sun.

"Pals are hoping that they can patch things up. But only time will tell whether Giovanni's got the time.

"He's been working 24/7 on the show practising with celeb partner Rose, and they've become really good friends. He's even been learning sign language, showing it off on social media.

"Maura's decided to take a step back and let him concentrate on the show."

At the time, no snaps of Maura could be seen on Giovanni’s Instagram page either, which only set tongues wagging further.

Fans were convinced Maura and Giovanni had called it a day, with one asking: “Why has Maura deleted all her posts with Giovanni? Not the Strictly curse again”.

Another observed: "Well the relationship between Giovanni and Maura didn’t last long then”.

While a third added: "That’s bloody heartbreaking. Maura deserves the world”.

Fans were equally devastated back in 2020, when Giovanni and Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts ended their relationship after two years.

The Sicily-born dancer is currently competing with Rose Ayling-Ellis on Strictly, and Maura has been a vocal supporter of the duo since the show kicked off.

Ahead of their first twirl round the ballroom, she wished them the "very best of luck".

“I know you will absolutely smash it”, she added.

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