Strictly star becomes latest to show their support for Giovanni Pernice after exit

Another Strictly Come Dancing star has shared their support for Giovanni Pernice after it was revealed he won't be appearing in this year's series. The professional dancer has been at the centre of controversy over recent months following allegations about his behaviour on the show.

Giovanni, 33, has denied the allegations. It has been confirmed that the BBC has launched an internal investigation. Many of his co-stars have spoken out in support of him after the news, such as Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke.

The latest star to throw her support behind him is professional dancer Lauren Oakley. She attended Giovanni and Anton's new live show and cheered them on from the crowd.

Giovanni has stepped away from Strictly after almost a decade
Giovanni has stepped away from Strictly after almost a decade -Credit:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Sharing a snap from her seat in the audience, Lauren held up the programme for the show, tiled Anton & Giovanni Together. She simply captioned the snap with a row of red heart emojis.

Other celebs, such as Loose Women's Ruth Langsford, have also been to watch the pair's show. Ruth gushed over Anton and Giovanni on social media, writing: Great night watching @mrantondubeke and @giovannipernice. Go and see it if you can. Fantastic dancers. Fantastic singers. Fantastic band."

Lauren Oakley
Lauren Oakley shared her support for Giovanni and Anton -Credit:Instagram

It comes after Shirley Ballas spoke out about the allegations and investigation. Speaking at a promotion for her new book, she declared: “I know he is a hard worker. He wants the people to do the very best that they can do. Obviously in my life I was bullied a lot. I don't condone bullying on any path but also I don't believe gossip and what you read in the newspapers because things get escalated and they are blown way out of all proportion and it can turn into a great big snowball.

“So my feeling for Giovanni is, let them do this investigation or whatever it is they are doing and the truth will come out. So we don’t judge anybody until I know absolutely 100 per cent. I won’t pass on the gossip unless I know 100 per cent it is true. I have never ever, ever experienced any ill will or bad feeling or bad sportsmanship or rudeness from him. He will be missed.”

Shirley Ballas
Shirley has shared her support for Giovanni -Credit:No credit

Giovanni has previously rejected allegations he displayed "abusive or threatening" behaviour". He said: "I am co-operating fully with the ongoing BBC investigation, which will determine the truth. As requested, I have stayed silent, but I am looking forward to the conclusion of the investigation and ultimately clearing my name and establishing the truth.

"I am so happy to be back on tour. Thank you all for your continued support - your messages and love mean so very much to me. I will hopefully see many of you very soon and I look forward to clearing my name."