Love Islands Maura Higgins shares FIRST photo with new boyfriend Giovanni Pernice – Daily Mail

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They confirmed their budding romance on Instagram earlier this week by sharing a picture of themselves holding hands during a romance dinner.

And Maura Higgins has since shared her first photograph with new boyfriend Giovanni Pernice on social media on Friday, as she declared: ‘I’m yours!”

The Love Island star, 30, looked incredible in a black mini dress as she posed up a storm with her professional dancer beau, also 30. 

Confirmed: Maura Higgins has since shared her first photograph with new boyfriend Giovanni Pernice on social media on Friday, as she declared: 'I'm yours!'

Confirmed: Maura Higgins has since shared her first photograph with new boyfriend Giovanni Pernice on social media on Friday, as she declared: 'I'm yours!'

Confirmed: Maura Higgins has since shared her first photograph with new boyfriend Giovanni Pernice on social media on Friday, as she declared: ‘I’m yours!’

Maura’s pals went wild for the relationship confirmation, as her BFF Molly-Mae Hague, 22, shared love hearts and wrote ‘love you’.

Meanwhile their Love Island co-star Lucie Donlan, said: ‘Finally. Love you guys!’

TOWIE’s Chloe Brockett, wrote: ‘I loveeeeee.’

Giovanni mirrored Maura’s affectionate post by sharing his own loved-up post of them gazing at each other. 

Reaction: Maura's pals went wild for the relationship confirmation, as her BFF Molly-Mae Hague, 22, shared love hearts and wrote 'love you'

Reaction: Maura's pals went wild for the relationship confirmation, as her BFF Molly-Mae Hague, 22, shared love hearts and wrote 'love you'

Reaction: Maura’s pals went wild for the relationship confirmation, as her BFF Molly-Mae Hague, 22, shared love hearts and wrote ‘love you’

Maura looked sizzling in a black strappy top complemented with a slick of red lipstick, while holding her beau’s face in her hands.  

He wrote in the caption ‘you’re mine’, while Maura responded with a heart emoji. 

The pair went public with their love for the first time last week at Sapphires, Blackpool’s Premier Drag Cabaret Show Bar.

Days later the two reality personalitys both looked cosy as they enjoyed a romantic dinner date.

'You're mine' Giovanni mirrored Maura's affectionate post by sharing his own loved-up post of them gazing at each other

'You're mine' Giovanni mirrored Maura's affectionate post by sharing his own loved-up post of them gazing at each other

‘You’re mine’ Giovanni mirrored Maura’s affectionate post by sharing his own loved-up post of them gazing at each other

Loved-up: He wrote in the caption 'you're mine', while Maura responded with a heart emoji

Loved-up: He wrote in the caption 'you're mine', while Maura responded with a heart emoji

Loved-up: He wrote in the caption ‘you’re mine’, while Maura responded with a heart emoji

Maura shared the sweet snap on her Instagram Story but didn’t post any selfies showing their faces. 

It looked like the pair had enjoyed a swanky dinner out with red wine and a tasty looking dessert.

Giovanni was wearing a smart navy suit and watch while Maura only showed her perfectly pink manicured nails.  

Close: The two reality personalitys both looked cosy as they enjoyed a romantic dinner date

Close: The two reality personalitys both looked cosy as they enjoyed a romantic dinner date

Close: The two reality personalitys both looked cosy as they enjoyed a romantic dinner date

Love: Maura Higgins has finally gone Instagram official with her new beau Giovanni Pernice as she shared a sweet snap of them holding hands on Wednesday night

Love: Maura Higgins has finally gone Instagram official with her new beau Giovanni Pernice as she shared a sweet snap of them holding hands on Wednesday night

Love: Maura Higgins has finally gone Instagram official with her new beau Giovanni Pernice as she shared a sweet snap of them holding hands on Wednesday night

Giovanni is said to be moving ‘really quickly’ with Maura.

The pair were pictured for the first time enjoying a night out in a drag bar last week in Blackpool – where the Italian dancer is performing in a new show.

MailOnline revealed on Sunday that Giovanni and Maura have spent several nights at a hotel in the bucket and spade resort. 

And he’s introduced her to the cast and crew of the Him And Me show he’s starring in with new Strictly judge, Anton. 

New romance: Giovanni (pictured) is said to be moving 'really quickly' with Maura

New romance: Giovanni (pictured) is said to be moving 'really quickly' with Maura

New romance: Giovanni (pictured) is said to be moving ‘really quickly’ with Maura

A source said: ‘Gio and Maura are very much a couple. Everyone know he’s played the field in the past but he is serious about Maura. He’s smitten with her, they’ve become close really quickly and are spending a lot of time together in Blackpool.

‘She’s become pals with all of the cast and crew of Him and Me too and they think she’s great. Maura has also met Anton and they got on brilliantly.’

The pair went public with their love for the first time last week at Sapphires, Blackpool’s Premier Drag Cabaret Show Bar.

Italian hunk Giovanni, who was last year paired with Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh on Strictly, treated Maura to some of the legendary dance skills. 

An onlooker who saw them in Blackpool on Thursday night said: ‘They turned up with a large group of friends. They’d booked a VIP area of the venue to themselves and everyone was having a good time, dancing and singing.

‘Maura and Giovanni joined in. They had clearly bubbled together as they were together all night and looked totally smitten with each other.

‘They spent about an hour away from the group playing pool. At one point they appeared to be having a bit of a row but it couldn’t have been that serious because they left together and looked very much like a couple.’

Reports last week claimed Giovanni was in the early stages of a relationship with Maura, who split from fellow Love Island star Chris Taylor, 30, earlier this year. 

Sweet: The pair went public with their love for the first time last week at Sapphires, Blackpool's Premier Drag Cabaret Show Bar (Maura pictured in 2019)

Sweet: The pair went public with their love for the first time last week at Sapphires, Blackpool's Premier Drag Cabaret Show Bar (Maura pictured in 2019)

Sweet: The pair went public with their love for the first time last week at Sapphires, Blackpool’s Premier Drag Cabaret Show Bar (Maura pictured in 2019) 

Last Tuesday, the reality beauty reportedly kissed Giovanni and wished him good luck ahead of his performance with Anton in their Him and Me show, which is drawing in crowds at the Blackpool Opera House.

During its run, Giovanni and new Strictly judge Anton are staying at Blackpool’s The Big Blue Hotel – which is close to where the pair enjoyed their night out last week.

Maura and Giovanni first sparked rumours they were an item after sharing very similar photos from inside Wembley Stadium last month.

They posted Instagram snaps with the same view while watching Italy vs Austria in the Euros on June 26.

It's over: Maura's ex-boyfriend Chris, (pictured together) who she split from in May, hasn't posted on social media since the news broke of her new relationship with Giovanni

It's over: Maura's ex-boyfriend Chris, (pictured together) who she split from in May, hasn't posted on social media since the news broke of her new relationship with Giovanni

It’s over: Maura’s ex-boyfriend Chris, (pictured together) who she split from in May, hasn’t posted on social media since the news broke of her new relationship with Giovanni 

She is said to be taking her romance with the Strictly Come Dancing star – who has previously dated Ashley Roberts and Georgia May Foote – ‘slowly’ because she’s ‘worried he could be a player’. 

But a source who spotted them last week added: ‘Maura shouldn’t worry too much – he looked totally head over heels with her and who can blame him. She’s stunning.’

Maura and Giovanni were also seen enjoying a staycation together in Cornwall last month, though they have attempted to keep their blossoming romance under wraps for as long as possible.

MailOnline contacted Maura and Giovanni’s representatives for comment.  

Following Thursday night’s show, Giovanni said on Instagram: ‘Opening night and I couldn’t be more proud of this production. Anton Du Beke and I are super ready for you UK.’ 

One shocked fan of Maura’s tweeted about meeting the star in Blackpool on Friday, writing online: ‘Why the duck have I met Maura Higgins in BLACKPOOL.’ 

Maura and Giovanni follow each other on Instagram and the dancer has been showing his affection for the ex-Islander by liking her pictures. 

Maura’s ex-boyfriend Chris, who she split from in May, hasn’t posted on social media since the news broke of her new relationship with Giovanni. 

Giovanni’s ex-girlfriends include Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, TOWIE’s Jess Wright and soap actress Georgia May Foote, while Maura fell for ballroom dancer Curtis Pritchard on Love Island in 2019.

Curtis’ brother AJ will know Giovanni well after starring with him on Strictly for years, before he left the BBC series in 2020.

Last year, while performing with his celeb partner Ranvir, the pair were rumoured to have grown close due to their chemistry, which was noted by the Strictly judges.  

Giovanni started dating Georgia after they were paired together on Strictly, while his ex-Ashley also competed on the series prior them becoming a couple. 

Connections: Giovanni's exes include Ashley Roberts and Jess Wright, while Maura's former flame Curtis Pritchard will know Giovanni through his brother AJ, who used to be on Strictly

Connections: Giovanni's exes include Ashley Roberts and Jess Wright, while Maura's former flame Curtis Pritchard will know Giovanni through his brother AJ, who used to be on Strictly

Connections: Giovanni’s exes include Ashley Roberts and Jess Wright, while Maura’s former flame Curtis Pritchard will know Giovanni through his brother AJ, who used to be on Strictly 

 

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