Strictly star Giovanni Pernice 'linked with Made in Chelsea cast member following Maura Higgins split'
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Strictly star Giovanni Pernice ‘secretly dating’ Made in Chelsea star after Maura Higgins split

How does he find the time with his Strictly schedule?

Strictly Come Dancing hunk Giovanni Pernice is ‘secretly dating’ a Made in Chelsea cast member, according to a tabloid report.

Giovanni, 31, has been linked by The Sun with the west London reality drama’s Verity Bowditch.

It is claimed Giovanni – who is partnered with Rose Ayling-Ellis on Strictly Come Dancing – and Verity have had “several secret meetings” following his split from Love Island favourite Maura Higgins.

Strictly hunk Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis are among the favourites to win the 2021 series
Strictly hunk Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis are among the favourites to win the 2021 series (Credit: BBC iPlayer)

Strictly star Giovanni Pernice ‘smitten’

The tabloid claims an unnamed friend reveals Giovanni has found time in his hectic Strictly schedule for Verity.

A pal reportedly said: “Giovanni has fallen head over heels for Verity.

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“They are smitten. He’s been training really hard, but has made time for her.

“They’re very sweet together.”

ED! has contacted representatives for Giovanni and Verity for comment.

Maura Higgins and Strictly star Giovanni Pernice dated for about four months
Maura Higgins and Giovanni dated for about four months (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Why did Giovanni Pernice and Maura Higgins split up?

It was reported in October that the dance star and Maura, 31, ended it because he wasn’t ready to settle down.

Fans noted how both celebs rapidly removed pics of themselves together from their Instagram accounts.

Later claims suggested Giovanni was on dating apps before the end of his four-month romance with Maura.

Giovanni has fallen head over heels for Verity.

He was spied on celebrity dating app Raya earlier in October, according to The Sun.

A source explained to the tabloid: “Giovanni’s profile was on Raya while he was still very much with Maura. It does not state he is just looking for friendship.

“It is clearly for dates and it will be another blow to Maura. Gio said he wasn’t actively using the app but it only takes two seconds to delete.”

Verity Bowditch has been in Made in Chelsea since 2019
Verity Bowditch has been in Made in Chelsea since 2019 (Credit: Made in Chelsea YouTube)

Who is Verity Bowditch?

Verity, 26, joined the cast of Made in Chelsea for the 17th series in 2019.

Verity was previously linked to fellow cast member Tristan Phipps.

According to her Instagram account, where she has over 150,000 followers, Verity is also an entrepreneur alongside her reality TV work.

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She also has a degree in Biomedical Science, graduating in 2016.

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