Strictly's Giovanni Pernice responds to dating rumours following split from Maura Higgins 8 months ago

Strictly's Giovanni Pernice responds to dating rumours following split from Maura Higgins

"It’s news to me that I am dating, didn’t know anything about it!"

Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice has addressed rumours that he is dating Made in Chelsea star Verity Bowditch.

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The Sun reported that Giovanni had "several secret meetings" with Verity just one month after his relationship with Maura Higgins ended.

"Giovanni has fallen head over heels for Verity," a source told The Sun. "They are smitten. He’s been training really hard but has made time for her.

"They’re very sweet together.”

The 31-year-old shot down the speculation in his Instagram story on Sunday morning.

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"It’s news to me that I am dating, didn’t know anything about it," the dancer wrote.

"At the moment as you all know it’s all about dance, dance, dance which is a wonderfulll thing daaaaarling.

 “That’s the reality, no drama here."

He then added a little dig at the anonymous source who had spoken to the media by writing “THE SUN is shining" and adding a winky face.

Giovanni confirmed his split from Maura back in October, saying that "great relationships with great people can come to a natural end", before adding that himself and the influencer have remained on good terms.

Maura never addressed the break-up but deleted all photographs of Giovanni from her social media accounts. She has since embraced the single life and been spotted on a celebrity dating app.

While Giovanni has shot down any chance of him dating Verity, rumours about his relationship with his Strictly Come Dancing partner Rose Ayling-Ellis are still running rampant.

The two performed a passionate pasodoble routine on Saturday night to Sia's California Dreamin'.

The dance ended with a slight mistake on Rose's part, leaving the two with a score of 33 out of 40 and positioning them mid-leaderboard.

While she was clearly frustrated, Giovanni warmed viewer's hearts as he reassured her she had done well.

"It's okay, it's okay," he said. "It was great!"

In a recent interview, Giovanni admitted that Rose had "changed" him.

"People on social media think that I’ve changed, that I’m a different person. I don't know...

"I feel that with Rose, I have a person I can talk to, and she can listen to me, and give me positivity. And that’s what I need.”