5 July 2021, 17:45
Maura Higgins is dating Strictly dancer Giovanni Pernice – here’s everything you need to know about the ballroom star.
Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice are the couple 2021 didn’t see coming after the Island of love the star separates from Chris Taylor.
The new couple are said to be “moving fast” and have even introduced themselves to their respective friends.
Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice race on PDA as romance gets ‘serious’
But who is Maura’s new boyfriend, Giovanni and what do we know about him? Here’s the truth, including his age, career and where he’s from …
Who is Giovanni Pernice, how old is he?
Giovanni Pernice is a professional dancer from Italy who is best known for being a professional dance teacher on Come dance strictly.
He was born on September 5, 1990, making him 32 at the time of writing.
Giovanni and Maura met at showbiz events
The ballroom dancer apparently ‘loved Maura for ages’ before she started dating.
A source told the tabloids: “They met at events in the past and Giovanni has always loved Maura.
“But it wasn’t until she became single that he took the step. Once they started texting and then meeting up, things quickly went from there. ”
Giovanni Pernice is from Sicily
Originally from Sicily in Italy, Giovanni moved to Bologna at the age of 14 to pursue his dance ambitions.
Giovanni has been dancing since he was a child
The talented dancer has been involved in the industry since childhood, competing across Europe and winning the Italian Championships in 2012.
He joined Strictly in 2015 and reached three finals in every series he’s been to so far.
Giovanni Pernice once dated Ashley Roberts
Giovanni dated other celebrities including Georgia May Foote, Jess Wright and Ashley Roberts.
He and Pussycat Doll Ashley were together from 2018-2020 after meeting on Strictly.
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