Strictly's Giovanni Pernice was secretly on dating app behind Maura Higgins' back

STRICTLY dance star ­Giovanni Pernice was using a dating app before his split with Maura Higgins, The Sun can reveal.

The pro, who dumped Maura last week, was active on celebrities’ site Raya on October 5.

Pictures on his profile include one he’d uploaded on Instagram in May of him in a leather jacket.

Yet on October 2, Love Island star Maura, 30, posted pictures of her and Italian Giovanni, 31, on her Instagram account.

Friends say she was “devastated” when Giovanni — paired with EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26, on Strictly — gave her the push.

A source said: “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.”

Maura’s relationship with Giovanni was her first in the public eye since her split in May with former Love Island co-star Chris Taylor, 31.

Before that she was with Curtis Pritchard, 25, brother of ex-Strictly pro AJ.

Giovanni was previously with Pussycat Doll singer Ashley Roberts, 40.

They met on Strictly in 2018.

A spokeswoman said: “Giovanni became a member of Raya years ago and his original profile remained on the site.

"He categorically was not using it whilst in a relationship.

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