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Down in the Dumps Maura Higgins 'utterly heartbroken' after being dumped by Giovanni Pernice

The former couple sparked breakup rumours this weekend after deleting all photos of each other on their Instagram accounts


Maura and Giovanni

Maura and Giovanni

Maura and Giovanni

Maura Higgins is reportedly “utterly heartbroken” over her breakup with Giovanni Pernice.

The former Love Island star and Strictly Come Dancing professional sparked breakup rumours this weekend after deleting all photos of each other on their Instagram accounts.

According to The Sun, Maura told friends that she removed all traces of her former beau from her social media channels because she “has to move on.”

A source said: “Maura didn’t see this coming and is finding it very difficult to come to terms with. She genuinely thought Gio was the one.”

Giovanni reportedly ended things with the Longford lady two weeks ago after months of dating.

The insider continued: “Gio is working 24/7 on Strictly and Maura is flying here, there and everywhere with modelling.

“Gio is also set to go on tour again next year when Strictly ends so their lifestyles just don’t fit with settling down at the moment.

“That’s why Gio decided to end things. They have crazy suitcase lives which makes it hard to be in a relationship.

“He adores Maura and had hoped they could remain friends - but that doesn’t look likely.”

Maura and Giovanni were first linked to each other back in May and confirmed their relationship in July, just months after Maura’s split from her Love Island co-star Chris Taylor.

However, the former flames seem to have fallen victim to the so-called ‘Strictly curse’ - which has seen several contestants split up with their partners while appearing on the show over the years.

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Speaking to Hello! Magazine recently, Giovanni assured readers that his relationship was doing just fine.

He said: “Maura is absolutely fine, in the sense that it’s not a curse, I’m going to dance with my celeb, and she will be supporting me all the way.

“Realistically, if you’re happy in your relationship there is no reason for the curse. If you’re happy with your wife or with your husband, you wouldn’t go on Strictly to cheat.”

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