Maura Higgins’ fears over ‘player’ Giovanni Pernice

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Maura Higgins Giovanni Pernice

by Marianna Manson |

Former Love Islander Maura Higgins is reportedly “taking things slow” with rumoured new beau Giovanna Pernice because of fears over his past.

Maura and Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni first sparked rumours they were dating after posting identical photos from the same Cornwall staycation, shortly after Maura split from her Love Island co-star and former best friend Chris Taylor.

But now a source has revealed that she’s being careful not to rush into anything with Giovanni, who’s celebrity exes include Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, TOWIE’s Jess Wright, and Corrie star Georgia May Foote.

Most recently he was romantically linked to his 2020 Strictly partner, Ranvir Singh, although they never confirmed the rumours.

"Maura is enjoying the attention and she thinks he’s so hot," said the insider. "He’s really charming, but she is a little worried he might be a player.

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"She doesn’t want to get hurt, so she’s taking it slow. She’s enjoying single life so won’t rush into anything."

Speaking to OK! Magazine they continued, "Giovanni is smitten. He always fancied her and slid into her DMs. It’s very early days."

Since rising to fame on Love Island in 2019 and placing fourth with then-boyfriend Curtis Pritchard, Maura’s love life has been the subject of many column inches after she and Curtis met their messy demise amid cheating allegations from both sides.

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She then went on to make things official with Chris after months of insisting they were "just best friends" but in May this year they decided to call it quits.

Speaking of her relationship with Chris, Curtis said in November last year, "I feel betrayed by them both — two people I was very close to.

"When I saw the pictures, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel hurt. I was upset. How long has this truly been going on for?

"At the time I was accused of cheating, but I never did. I was always faithful to Maura. Now her true colours are shown. They said they would never ever be together, and here they are."

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