Are Strictly's Giovanni Pernice and Maura Higgins still together? Couple spark split rumours

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Are Giovanni Pernice and Maura Higgins still together? Here's all we know as the pair rid their social media of each other.

Photos of Strictly's Giovanni Pernice has been deleted from girlfriend Maura Higgins' Instagram account and eagle-eyed fans are wondering what's happening to the professional dancer and Love Island star's romance. So, are Giovanni Pernice and Maura Higgins still together?

Giovanni, 31, and Maura, 30, were first linked back in June after they were both spotted watching the Euro 2020 match at Wembley together and on 2nd July they were spotted again partying together in Blackpool.

But with the new series of Strictly Come Dancing 2021 (opens in new tab) well underway and Giovanni partnered with EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, Maura sparked fears that the infamous Strictly curse (opens in new tab) had struck again, after she deleted Giovanni from Instagram and unfollowed him. Then there's of course the rumours and curiosity into whether Rose and Giovanni are a couple (opens in new tab) in real life.

We look at what exactly is going on...

Are Giovanni Pernice and Maura Higgins still together?

Giovanni Pernice and Maura Higgins are understood to have split after four months of dating - with Maura said to be 'devestated' as the Strictly Curse strikes.

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

"Pals are hoping that they can patch things up. But only time will tell whether they'll work things out as Giovanni is so busy.

"He's been focusing on Strictly, training his celeb partner Rose 24/7, and they've become really good friends. He's even been learning sign language from Rose, showing it off on social media.

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

Giovanni Pernice broke his silence on the split rumours (opens in new tab), telling fans, 'Great relationships with great people can come to a natural end. This has been the case for me recently. There was absolutely no wrongdoing and this should be the end of any speculation.'

Meanwhile, Maura Higgins has not spoken out about the split but while they were all loved up last week, fast-forward a few days and Maura sparked split rumours.

The iconic Love Islander deleted all trace of Giovanni from her Instagram account and even unfollowed him. Meanwhile, it appears there are no longer snaps of Maura on Giovanni's Instagram either.

Fans have taken to Twitter to raise their concerns. One fan asked, 'Why has Maura deleted all her posts with Giovanni? Not the Strictly curse again.' 

Another fan put, 'It looks like Maura and Giovanni are off. She’s unfollowed him.'

And a third fan suggested, 'That’s bloody heartbreaking. Maura deserves the world.'

The host of Glow Up Ireland set tongues wagging following Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing performance where professional dancer Giovanni and his partner Rose distracted BBC viewers with their Cha-cha-cha which 'tore up the dance floor'.

Giovanni showed what a gentleman he is when he pleaded with the NHS to replace Rose's broken hearing aid so she could dance again. He also revealed that he is learning sign language. And Giovanni shared this sweet snap on his Instagram in celebration of staying in the contest.

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It was previously reported why Strictly bosses won't pair Giovanni with Katie McGlynn (opens in new tab) - as the couple used to be an item and a friend is reported to have previously warned that the show could make or break Strictly's Giovanni Pernice and Maura Higgins.

The source told OK! magazine, "Maura knows how things can be manipulated and made to look. During her time on DOI, she was accused of getting too close to her partner."

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"Maura trusts Giovanni but knows he’s a 'huge flirt' and likes to make his partner feel special," the insider allegedly said.

"Friends have said if there are any cracks, Strictly could break them,” they added.

Giovanni previously had 'sizzling chemistry' with Ranvir Singh in the 2020 contest.

Maura recently sparked speculation that she and Giovanni had moved in together after she revealed that she was moving house.

'It’s finally moving week! Reason for my absence,' Maura wrote on Instagram.

And Maura previously took to her social media to wish her boyfriend and his dance partner Rose, 26, the "very best of luck" ahead of their first dance.

Alongside a photograph of the pair, she wrote, 'The very best of luck to you both tonight. I know you will absolutely smash it.'

However, Giovanni recently told OK! he didn't know if he and Maura would be spending Christmas together.

He said, "We don't know yet. We'll see how our schedules are looking because we're both very busy."

Who is Maura Higgins dating now?

Strictly's Giovanni Pernice and Maura Higgins have been dating since they went official on 10th July this year. But a source revealed the pair have split and it comes after Maura unfollowed Giovanni on Instagram on 18th October and also deleted all traces of him from her grid.

Fans started to speculate that the couple had split.

The former Love Island (opens in new tab) star was previously in a relationship with fellow Islander Chris Taylor.

At the time, always denied romance rumours, but they were caught embraced in a photo on Instagram the same week that the Irish beauty Maura celebrated her 30th birthday, told fans, "He's mine".

What is Maura Higgins net worth?

Maura Higgins net worth is estimated to be around £1 million. The former Love Island star launched her fake eyelash line called False Flutters in 2020.

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Maura has a whopping 3.3m followers on Instagram and is also the host of Glow Up Ireland, while also having signed lucrative deals with the likes of Ann Summers and Boohoo.

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.