Maura Higgins warns boyfriend Giovanni Pernice to be ‘respectful’ on Strictly.

The Irish beauty is apparently concerned that rumors could spread about her and her Strictly dancing pro when he is paired up with a female celebrity for the BBC show.

Sources are claiming that Giovanni might be paired with Katie McGlynn the former Coronation Street star as the pair were romantically linked back in 2017.

An insider claimed, the reality show star, 30 is ‘apprehensive’ over the speculation of the partnering between Giovanni and Katie due to their history. Maura is reported to trust her boyfriend but would be devastated if they fell into the trap of the Strictly ‘curse’.

“Strictly couples are always close as they have to dance so intimately, but Giovanni is also a notorious flirt,” a source told new!

Giovanni’s flirtatious nature is one of the features that attracted Maura to her beau in the beginning of their relationship. She doesn’t want anyone else to become smitten with her man though.

  • Strictly bosses 'want to pair Katie McGlynn with Giovanni but fear upsetting Maura'

‘He’s told her getting close and dancing intimately is part and parcel of the show. But she’s told him he just needs to be respectful to her. Dancing is one thing, but he needs to be aware of his behaviour and make sure people know she’s his girlfriend.

“She knows rumors could swirl about the Strictly curse striking – and she knows viewers will be keeping a close eye on Giovanni and Katie’s chemistry and how close they seem.”

Giovanni has had relationships in the past with previous Strictly contestants gaining a reputation. He dated actress Georgia May Foote, his partner from the 2015 series and Ashley Roberts who was pair with Pasha Kovalev in 2018.

The handsome Strictly pro has been forced to deny rumors in the past after speculation that he and last year’s partner Ranvir Singh had begun a romantic relationship.

Giovanni soon shut down rumors when he bluntly said there was ‘no way’ he would date the 44-year-old Good Morning Britain presenter.

‘No, no, no no no. I’m singly, absolutely there’s no way (I would date Ranvir). We are very very good friends,’ he told Entertainment Daily.

Maura and Giovanni went public with their romance in July, after they were spotted at a Euro 2020 match at Wembley in late June and later picture partying in Blackpool.

Maura, who was born and raised in County Longford, Ireland confirmed her relationship with Giovanni with a loved-up snap on Instagram.

But will Maura and Giovanni stand the test of time? We'll just have to keep a close eye and wait and see if they escape the Strictly curse.

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