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Maura Higgins has had a talk with boyfriend Giovanni Pernice about his flirtatious ways after it was reported that he could be paired with former flame Katie McGlynn on Strictly, a source told new.
“Maura was understandably apprehensive at the reports that Giovanni could be put with Katie, given their history,” the source said. “Not because she doesn’t trust Giovanni, but because she knows rumours could swirl about the Strictly curse striking – and she knows viewers will be keeping a close eye on Giovanni and Katie’s chemistry and how close they seem.”
Giovanni, 30, was linked to former Corrie star Katie back in 2017, when it was claimed the pair enjoyed a brief romance.
The Strictly hunk has gained a reputation in the past as the show’s lothario after previous relationships with actress Georgia May Foote, who he was partnered with in 2015, and Ashley Roberts, who was partnered with Pasha Kovalev in 2018.
He was also forced to deny rumours of a romance with his partner Ranvir Singh last year, after fans commented on their sizzling chemistry.
“Strictly couples are always close as they have to dance so intimately, but Giovanni is also a notorious flirt,” the source continued.
“Maura knows this and in a way, it’s part of his charm and what attracted her to him in the first place. He’s told her getting close and dancing intimately is part and parcel of the show.
"But she’s told him he just needs to be respectful to her. Dancing is one thing, but he needs to be aware of his behaviour and make sure people know she’s his girlfriend.”
Maura, 30, and Giovanni were first linked in June and went public with their romance a month later. The couple have since shared a series of loved-up photos of each other, with Giovanni recently calling the former Love Island star his “babygirl”.
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“Giovanni has assured Maura that no matter what, she’s the only girl in his life,” the source added. “He’s really smitten and sees Strictly as work and Maura as his life outside of that.
"He knows the boundaries and wouldn’t do anything to intentionally hurt her. He is a dancer and a natural performer so he loves to put on a show, but he’s told Maura she’s the only woman in his life.”
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