Love Island queen Maura Higgins is loving life right now. She’s just landed a role presenting Ireland's version of BBC Three's makeup-based reality show Glow Up, is looking the human equivalent of the flames emoji and is even rumoured to be loved up with Strictly pro dancer Giovanni Pernice.
In images obtained by The Sun, Maura and Giovanni were pictured hugging outside a Blackpool nightclub and despite neither Maura or Giovanni, sources close to the pair have revealed that they are “very much a couple”.
An insider told MailOnline, "Gio and Maura are very much a couple. Everyone knows he’s played the field in the past but he is serious about Maura. He’s smitten with her, they’ve become close really quickly."
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The source also revealed that Giovanni had taken Maura away on a trip to Blackpool, explaining, "She’s become pals with all of the cast and crew of Him and Me too and they think she’s great.
"Maura has also met Anton [du Beke] and they got on brilliantly."
The connection between them seems so serious that bookies have slashed the odds that Maura will be engaged by the end of the year.
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Just a month ago, when they were first linked to each other, Ladbrokes made a 2021 engagement 10/1, but following a flurry of bets, the firm quickly cut the odds to just 3/1. They are also offering odds of 8/1 that they could be married by the end of 2022.
A hot dancer AND the possibility of a ring? We wish we were Maura right now.
Earlier this year, Maura split from fellow Love Island star - and co-host of heat’s Under the Duvet with VOXI - Chris Taylor, who she dated for six months. She previously dated Curtis Pritchard after coupling up with him whilst in the Love Island villa. Curtis' brother AJ is good pals with Giovanni after working alongside each other as professional dancers on Strictly.