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Strictly Giovanni Pernice ‘used dating app Raya behind Maura Higgins’ back before splitting up’

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Giovanni Pernice has claimed that he used a dating app while he was still dating reality TV personality Maura Higgins.

The Strictly Come Dancing star, 31, and the former Love Island contestant, 30, recently split just four months after entering a relationship.

Insiders told The Sun that Giovanni was active on the Raya celebrity dating app on October 5, before his split with the Irish beauty was confirmed.

Despite the allegations, a representative for the star told MailOnline: “Giovanni joined Raya years ago and his original profile remained on the site. He definitely didn’t use Raya while he was in a relationship.’

Claims: Giovanni Pernice has claimed he used a dating app while still dating reality TV personality Maura Higgins

Photos on his profile showed one of him in a leather jacket, taken in May, while Maura shared photos of the pair together on October 2.

A source said: ‘Giovanni’s profile was on Raya, while he was still very much with Maura. It doesn’t say he’s just looking for friendship.

“Obviously it’s for dates and it will be another blow to Maura. Gio said he wasn’t actively using the app, but it only takes two seconds to delete it.”

Split: The Strictly Come Dancing star, 31, and the former Love Islander, 30, recently split after four months together

Split: The Strictly Come Dancing star, 31, and the former Love Islander, 30, recently split after four months together

The couple’s romance reportedly ended after days of cohabitation with the Irish beauty said to have been “absolutely devastated”.

A source told The Sun: ‘It’s all over for now. Maura is devastated, it seems that the Strictly curse has struck again.

“Friends hope they can patch things up. But time will tell if they get out, because Giovanni is so busy.’

The Italian dancer has put actress Rose Ayling-Ellis to the test on Strictly and they have become close friends, with Giovanni showing off the sign language he learned from her on social media.

App: According to The Sun, Giovanni was active on the Raya celebrity dating app until October 5, but Giovanni's representatives refuted the claims

App: According to The Sun, Giovanni was active on the Raya celebrity dating app until October 5, but Giovanni’s representatives refuted the claims

“Maura has decided to step back and let him focus on the show,” the source concluded.

The news of the split closely follows Monday’s reports that Maura had deleted almost all of Giovanni’s photos from her Instagram page, leading to rumors that the couple had split up.

The Glow Up Ireland host last posted a photo with the dancer on September 24 in a carousel ad post, where the two look as loved as ever when they hug.

Giovanni has also removed the reality star from his page without a trace.

A source said: 'Giovanni's profile was on Raya, while he was still very much with Maura.  It doesn't say he's just looking for friendship.

A source said: ‘Giovanni’s profile was on Raya, while he was still very much with Maura. It doesn’t say he’s just looking for friendship.”

The reported end to their whirlwind romance may be the result of the Strictly Curse, in which celebrities split up with their romantic partners during the show or shortly after.

Many viewers have commented that Giovanni and EastEnders actress Rose would be “cute” together.

But nothing indicates that they are more than just friends.

Victims of the so-called ‘curse’ include Stacey Dooley, Susanna Reid and Seann Walsh.

Maura posted a video to Instagram from her London apartment earlier this week expressing her joy that it was “finally” “moving day”, leading fans to speculate she was moving in with the hunk.

Split: The romance between the Love Island star and the Strictly pro reportedly went sour days after moving in together

Split: The romance between the Love Island star and the Strictly pro reportedly went sour days after moving in together

An insider revealed to MailOnline earlier this month that “it got serious very quickly” between the pair.

A source said: ‘Things got serious very quickly between Maura and Gio and they are now ready to take things to the next level by getting their own place.

“They both lead incredibly busy lives and spend a lot of time on the road working – so it’s incredibly important to have a place they can come back to and be together all the time.

“They’ve talked about it and want to start looking as soon as possible.”

Maura rose to fame on the dating show and entered the Villa like a bomb.

Workout: Italian dancer put Rose Ayling-Ellis to the test on Strictly Come Dancing — and they've become good friends

Workout: Italian dancer put Rose Ayling-Ellis to the test on Strictly Come Dancing — and they’ve become good friends

The beauty paired up with Curtis Pritchard following his breakup with Amy Hart on the show.

The former couple were together for about eight months after they left the villa before forming a close bond with fellow islander Chris Taylor.

Chris and Maura made things official last year before finally breaking up earlier this year.

Giovanni, meanwhile, has previously been linked with TOWIE star Jess Wright, Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and Georgia May Foote of Coronation Street.

He was also rumored to have a romantic bond with Hollyoaks star Katie McGlynn, who also starred in Strictly this year.

About: News of the split closely follows reports that Maura had deleted almost all of Giovanni's photos from her Instagram page

About: News of the split closely follows reports that Maura had deleted almost all of Giovanni’s photos from her Instagram page

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