Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice ‘plan to make things official soon’

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Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice are planning to make their relationship official after they were pictured together for the first time, a source has told OK!.

The former Love Island star, 30, was seen with her arms around the Strictly Come Dancing professional, also 30, outside a nightclub in Blackpool last week – and according to our source, things are hotting up between the pair.

“Maura and Giovanni have a lovely connection and they are getting on really well. They do really like each other,” our source explained.

“Now their relationship is out there, they’ll probably go official soon and announce they’re seeing each other. Giovanni is very keen on her – she’s a beautiful girl.”

Maura and Giovanni were reportedly partying together following his Him & Me dance show, which he stars in alongside Strictly's Anton Du Beke on Thursday 1 July.

Onlookers said they looked completely smitten with each other and far more serious than a couple out on an early days date.

Giovanni and Maura reportedly spent several nights together at a local hotel after it emerged he’s already introduced her to the cast and crew of Him And Me.

Maura was also spotted rooting for Giovanni at the show’s opening night. In recent weeks, the pair have also been spotted cosying up at a football game together and were rumoured to have enjoyed a Cornwall staycation.

Maura recently split from her fellow ITV2 dating show contestant Chris Taylor – just months after announcing they were an item.

She told her followers in an emotional Instagram story: "It breaks my heart to even type this, but I wanted to let everyone know that myself and Chris have made the joint decision to end our relationship.

"There is no wrongdoing on either side… we still love, care and respect each other deeply. There is no regret. Life is about taking chances.”

Our source claims that Maura is now trying to exercise a bit of caution in this passionate new relationship.

“Maura wants to take things a bit slower,” the source said.

“But there’s no doubt they are getting very close, very quickly.”

In the past, Giovanni has dated other high profile stars including Georgia May Foote, Jess Wright as well as a two-year relationship with Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts who he met on the set of Strictly Come Dancing.

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