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28th Nov 2021

Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice responds to dating rumours following split from Maura Higgins

Katy Brennan

“It’s news to me that I am dating, didn’t know anything about it!”

Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice has addressed rumours that he is dating Made in Chelsea star Verity Bowditch.

The Sun reported that Giovanni had “several secret meetings” with Verity just one month after his relationship with Maura Higgins ended.

“Giovanni has fallen head over heels for Verity,” a source told The Sun. “They are smitten. He’s been training really hard but has made time for her.

“They’re very sweet together.”

The 31-year-old shot down the speculation in his Instagram story on Sunday morning.

“It’s news to me that I am dating, didn’t know anything about it,” the dancer wrote.

“At the moment as you all know it’s all about dance, dance, dance which is a wonderfulll thing daaaaarling.

 “That’s the reality, no drama here.”

He then added a little dig at the anonymous source who had spoken to the media by writing “THE SUN is shining” and adding a winky face.

Giovanni confirmed his split from Maura back in October, saying that “great relationships with great people can come to a natural end”, before adding that himself and the influencer have remained on good terms.

Maura never addressed the break-up but deleted all photographs of Giovanni from her social media accounts. She has since embraced the single life and been spotted on a celebrity dating app.

While Giovanni has shot down any chance of him dating Verity, rumours about his relationship with his Strictly Come Dancing partner Rose Ayling-Ellis are still running rampant.

The two performed a passionate pasodoble routine on Saturday night to Sia’s California Dreamin’.

The dance ended with a slight mistake on Rose’s part, leaving the two with a score of 33 out of 40 and positioning them mid-leaderboard.

While she was clearly frustrated, Giovanni warmed viewer’s hearts as he reassured her she had done well.

“It’s okay, it’s okay,” he said. “It was great!”

In a recent interview, Giovanni admitted that Rose had “changed” him.

“People on social media think that I’ve changed, that I’m a different person. I don’t know…

“I feel that with Rose, I have a person I can talk to, and she can listen to me, and give me positivity. And that’s what I need.”