Maura Higgins spotted kissing Giovanni Pernice backstage at his show – before they spend the night together


MAURA Higgins was spotted kissing new man Giovanni Pernice backstage at his show before new couple spent the night together.

The Love Island star headed to Blackpool’s Opera house to watch the Strictly dancer and his co-star Anton Du Beke in their show, Him & Me.

Maura was spotted in Blackpool as she went to support Giovanni

Maura, 30, is thought to be in the early stages of a relationship with Giovanni, 30, after she split from fellow ITV dating show contestant Chris Taylor earlier this year.

The reality star kissed her new beau good luck ahead of the performance before heading down to sit among the audience and enjoy the dancing.

A source told the MailOnline: “Giovanni was so thrilled that Maura was in the audience for his opening night – and she loved seeing him in action.

“Although Giovanni is working it’s been like a mini break for them, they’re staying at Blackpool’s The Big Blue Hotel, which has been a fun experience.”

The dancer is currently starring in a stage show with Anton Du Beke

Maura was seen enjoying her time in Blackpool, where she is said to have stayed overnight

She visited the pleasure beach as well as watching Giovanni’s show

It comes days after it was revealed that Maura and Giovanni are in the early stages of a relationship after the pair were spotted together.

She is said to be taking her romance with the Strictly Come Dancing star “slowly” because she’s “worried he could be a player”.

Following her split from Chris Taylor, Maura isn’t looking for anything serious, according to reports.

An insider told OK! magazine: “Giovanni is smitten. He always fancied her and slid into her DMs. It’s very early days.”

Giovanni has been dancing in his new stage show in Blackpool

The source added: “Maura is enjoying the attention and she thinks he’s so hot. He’s really charming, but she is a little worried he might be a player.”

“She doesn’t want to get hurt, so she’s taking it slow. She’s enjoying single life so won’t rush into anything,” they concluded of their romance.

The pair are both no strangers to high-profile relationships – with Maura having dated Love Island co-stars Chris Taylor and Curtis Pritchard.

The pair had been spotted at a number of events together

Giovanni meanwhile has exes including include former Corrie actress Georgia May Foote, Towie star Jessica Wright and Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts.

We told how Maura and Giovanni had again sparked romance rumours after they both shared photos from Italy’s 2-1 win over Austria on Saturday.

Earlier this month, the Irish beauty and the Italian dancer were allegedly spotted by fans at the same hotel in Cornwall