Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice breaks silence on split from Maura Higgins

Strictly's Giovanni Pernice attends the "Strictly Come Dancing" launch show red carpet at Television Centre on August 26, 2019 in London, England.
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Giovanni Pernice has finally broken his silence on his split from Maura Higgins (opens in new tab).

The Strictly Come Dancing 2021 (opens in new tab) pro dancer and Love Island star dated for over four months and were reportedly set to move in together. But fans feared the Strictly curse (opens in new tab) had struck again after the pair hinted that they had called it quits last week. 

The rumours of the split were fuelled further after they both deleted all traces of each other from their Instagram accounts. Whilst Gio's close connection with dance partner Rose Ayling-Ellis in the latest series has led many fans to question if Rose and Giovanni are a couple (opens in new tab) off the dance floor too. 

Now Giovanni, who recently danced a routine with a nod to Maura (opens in new tab), has released a statement finally confirming the break up news.

Maura Higgins seen attending Beauty Works x Molly-Mae - Christmas product launch party at One Marylebone on October 21, 2021 in London, England.

Writing on his Instagram Stories, Giovanni began with, "Hey guys – I hope everybody had a great Monday. Going into another wonderful training week – thank you so much for your amazing messages and your support this weekend.’

He then continued, "Firstly, 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.

"Whilst I respect and understand interest in my personal life, wouldn't it be fantastic to instead use this space to raise awareness of subjects and issues which need the attention."

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Giovanni went on to explain that being on Strictly has opened his eyes to important conversations that need to be had for different communities and increased representation, urging fans to focus on important issues rather than his love life. 

Giovanni signed off his statement saying, "These are the conversations which deserve the time, energy, and recognition. We must concentrate on what's important and how we can all make a difference in life. Gio x."

Giovanni is not the only Strictly star who has had to address rumours surrounding their personal life this series. Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty (opens in new tab) also became the subject of speculation after his ‘near kiss’ with pro partner Katya (opens in new tab)

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As fans took to social media in shock over what appeared to be an intimate moment between Katya and Adam at the end of their passionate Tango, the gold medallist made sure to set the record straight, hinting that the Strictly drama was having an impact on his family life with girlfriend Eiri Munro and their one-year-old son, George. 

"To everyone who sees what they want to see, your comments have real-life consequences. I will not be lowered or overcome by your gossip. Protect your energy," Adam penned online.