Former Love Islander Maura Higgins has confirmed her new romance with Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice.
Rumours about the suspected relationship had been swirling around for a few weeks. It all started after the pair were spotted on a staycation together in Cornwall, and later on a night out in Blackpool.
Earlier this month, a source close to Maura and Giovanni also revealed to the MailOnline that they were "very much a couple", and that he'd introduced her to his Him and Me costars and his friends.
But the pair themselves remained relatively tight lipped about their romance up until now. Just a few days ago, Maura shared a photo to her story in which she was holding hands with a man, although she didn't tag anyone in the pic. Then on Friday (July 9) she posted a photo with Giovanni at the beach, captioned: "I’m yours ❤️."
Fans and celebrity friends alike were quick to congratulate the couple and share their excitement for the new romance in the comments section. Fellow Islander and BFF Molly-Mae Hague commented "❤️❤️❤️ love you," while former costar Lucie Donlan added " Finally 🥰🥰❤️🔥❤️🔥 love you guys 🥺."
"Delighted for you!!!" someone else said, another commented "AH MA GAD❤️❤️❤️ love to see it!!" with a third saying "POWER COUPLE POWER COUPLE."
Over on his Instagram, Giovanni also shared a photo with his new girlfriend, captioned: "You’re mine ❤️."
Maura previously dated her fellow Love Island cast mate Chris Taylor but they split earlier this year in May. Before that, she dated Curtis Pritchard who she reached the final of Love Island 2019 with. They dated for eight months outside the villa before calling time on their relationship.
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