Maura Higgins has slammed reports Strictly Come Dancing “may break” her relationship with Giovanni Pernice.
Ahead of the upcoming season of the show, which premieres this Saturday, OK! magazine claimed Maura’s friends have warned her that her relationship with the Italian pro dancer could be at risk.
A source told the publication: “Maura knows how things can be manipulated and made to look. During her time on Dancing On Ice, she was accused of getting too close to her partner.”
“It’s tough as she trusts Giovanni but she knows he’s a huge flirt and likes to make his partners feel special.”
“Friends have said if there are any cracks, Strictly could break them,” the source added.
Maura, who started dating the Italian pro dancer earlier this year, took to Twitter on Wednesday to shut down the reports.
The Love Island star reshared the article, and tweeted: “Your just boring me now.”
Your just boring me now 🥱 https://t.co/dIOR82ncDg
— Maura Higgins (@MauraHiggins) September 15, 2021
It comes after Giovanni insisted his Irish girlfriend shouldn’t be worried about the Strictly curse.
The supposed curse refers to individuals taking part in the show who are already in relationships, who end up finding romance with fellow participants.
Giovanni, 31, told Hello! magazine he doesn’t believe such a curse exists.
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.”
He continued: “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.”
“I always answer the same thing; you can have a curse anywhere, if you go to the office, you can have a curse with a person that’s working with you.”
“It’s not a ‘Strictly Curse’, it’s something that if you’re single, if your partner’s single and you end up liking each other, there is nothing wrong with that.”
Opening up on his relationship with Maura, Giovanni gushed: “Maura is beautiful, funny, and she’s a very loyal person.”
“We get along very well, we’re just enjoying getting to know each other.”
The couple confirmed their romance in July, just weeks after they started dating.