Giovanni Pernice: the TRUTH behind Maura Higgins split

Amid reports claiming he was using a dating app behind her back

Giovanni Pernice Maura Higgins split

by Nathan Katnoria |

Giovanni Pernice has addressed his split from Maura Higgins for the first time as he spoke out to set the record straight amid reports about their break-up.

The Strictly professional dancer went public with Maura back in July but rumours they had split surfaced last week after eagle-eyed fans noticed they had deleted every trace of their relationship from their Instagram profiles.

According to reports, Maura was left “heartbroken” a few weeks ago when Giovanni “dumped” her in a shock decision she didn’t see coming. At the time, a source close to the couple revealed, “Maura didn’t see this coming and is finding it very difficult to come to terms with. She genuinely thought Gio was the one.”

Giovanni Pernice Maura Higgins split

They added, “Gio is working 24/7 on Strictly and Maura is flying here, there and everywhere with modelling. Gio is also set to go on tour again next year when Strictly ends so their lifestyles just don’t fit with settling down at the moment. That’s why Gio decided to end things. They have crazy suitcase lives which makes it hard to be in a relationship.”

Speaking out on the split, Giovanni issued a statement on Instagram which read, “I wanted to say a couple of things…

“Firstly, great relationships with great people can come to a natural end. This has been the case for me recently.

“There was absolutely no wrong-doing and this should be the end of any speculation.”

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He continued, “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.

“My eyes have been opened to so many things during my career, but I am learning so much from this series of Strictly. The show has highlighted many important conversations for different communities and increased representation. 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.”

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Giovanni’s comments come days after it was claimed he was using exclusive celebrity dating app Raya behind Maura’s back while they were in a relationship. A source told The Sun, “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. No woman in their right mind would be happy if their other half had a phone full of dating apps.”

However, a representative for the dancer insisted this wasn’t true and told MailOnline, “Giovanni became member of Raya years ago and his original profile remained on the site. He categorically was not using Raya whilst in a relationship.”

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