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'off-limits' Giovanni Pernice's Strictly partner says Maura Higgins has 'nothing to worry about'

"I would never get involved with anyone that had a girlfriend. I understand that happens but I’d avoid that like the plague. If someone has a partner, they are completely off-limits."

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Katie McGlynn (Ian West/PA)

Katie McGlynn (Ian West/PA)

Katie McGlynn (Ian West/PA)

Giovanni Pernice's Strictly Come Dancing's celebrity partner Katie McGlynn has assured Maura Higgins she "has nothing to worry about."

The show is renowned for the "Strictly curse" which has seen several relationships break up in the past.

Katie (28) has been linked to the dashing dancer in the past but she insists she's not interested in rekindling romance with him.

The soap star says she has "no time" for a man and has even deleted a dating app from her phone.

The former Corrie actress told The Sun on Sunday: "Giovanni is a really nice guy but I don’t really know him. We’re on perfectly good terms but Maura has nothing to worry about.

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Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice

Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice

Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice

“I would never get involved with anyone that had a girlfriend. I understand that happens but I’d avoid that like the plague. If someone has a partner, they are completely off-limits.

“I never want to be that person. The amount of heartache the other person would be going through — it’s just really not nice and I’m not about that.”

Katie, who revealed she has cut out alcohol ahead of the show, added: “I don’t have time for a man at the moment. I even deleted the Raya app recently.

“I think it’s fantastic when people find love on Strictly — it’s such a lovely story — but I don’t want that. I don’t want anything to distract me from dancing.

“Once the show is over, I’m definitely open to meeting someone. But I’m not desperate. I know it will happen when it happens.”

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