After being spotted at a hotel in Cornwall together earlier this month, Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice have further fuelled rumours they are dating. The pair both posted photos to social media from the Italy vs Austria game at Wembley this weekend and eagle-eyed fans noticed they appeared to be sitting in the same spot.
Neither Maura nor Giovanni’s reps have commented on the blossoming romance but a source apparently told the Mail:
It's early days, but Maura is really enjoying getting to know Giovanni, and the feeling is mutual. They're both career driven and ambitious, which are qualities they find really attractive in each other.
Who is Giovanni Pernice?
Giovanni Pernice is a 30-year-old professionaldancer from Italy. He rose to fame as one of the pros on Strictly Come Dancing, first appearing on the show in 2015. He also has a Love Island connection as he was partnered with Laura Whitmore for the fourteenth series back in 2016.
Giovanni also has a number of celebrity exes, having dated former Strictly partner and Corrie actress Georgia May Foote and The Only Way Is Essex star Jess Wright. His most recent public relationship was with Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts. They dated for a year after meeting on Strictly but split in January 2020.
Meanwhile, Maura Higgins rose to fame on Love Island 2019. After leaving the villa with Curtis Pritchard (another dancer) they had a messy split during her stint on Dancing On Ice in early 2020. She’s since dated fellow ex-Islander Chris Taylor, but they also split in May, saying they’re better off as friends.