Loved-up Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice pictured together for first time

Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice were seen looking very loved up in Blackpool

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Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice were spotted together for the first time since it was revealed they had found love.

The couple, both 30, were seen looking very cosy in Blackpool last week, with the Italian dancer seen kissing Irish beauty Maura at a nightclub in the northern seaside town.

It was revealed that the ex-Love Island star had coupled up with the Strictly pro last month, and onlookers claimed the pair looked “totally smitten”.

Speaking to The Sun, the source added: “They were being very touchy-feely and had a smooch on the dancefloor."

They were seen shortly after Giovanni finished a performance of Him And Me, a dance show he is in with fellow Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke, 54.

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Gorgeous Maura has been dating the Strictly star for a month
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The pictures, taken on Thursday night, show Maura looking glam in a white sleeveless top, and Giovanni in a smart suit.

A source told the Daily Mail: "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."

Since getting together, they have clocked up dates all over England.

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The couple cheered on Italy at a Euro 2020 match at Wembley, and the fledgling couple enjoyed a romantic break in Cornwall.

Maura previously dated Curtis Pritchard, who she reached the 2019 final of Love Island with, and she was in a relationship with another islander, Chris Taylor, 30, until May this year.

Giovanni and Maura have had dates all over England, from Cornwall to Blackpool
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But we shouldn't be planning to buy in fancy hats and bio-degradable confetti just yet – a source told OK! magazine. that Maura is determined to take things slowly.

Giovanni was dating Heart Breakfast’s showbiz reporter Ashley Roberts until late 2019, and before that he was seeing Jess Wright, and ex-Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote.

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A source told the mag: "Giovanni is smitten. He always fancied her and slid into her DMs. It's very early days.

"Maura is enjoying the attention and she thinks he's so hot.

Maura is one of the most successful former Love Island contestants
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"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."

Fans were shocked when she split from Chris, but he appeared to hint at troubles in their relationship shortly before things came to an end.

He posted a photo of the pair cuddling in a hot tub and looking happier than ever, with the cryptic caption: "Sorry for being born a grade A penis babe & thanks for your patience."

A couple of weeks later, Maura confirmed they were no longer together in a lengthy Instagram post.

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She wrote: "It breaks my heart to even type this.

"But I wanted to let everyone know that myself and Chris have made the joint decision to end our relationship.

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"There is no wrong doing on either side. We still love, care and respect each other deeply from the minute we met each other we've been very close friends and that will never change.

"There is no regret, life is about taking chances. We wanted to make this work, but we have realised we work better being friends.

"While I appreciate people may speculate or create false stories, this is the truth.

"I wish Chris nothing but the best and I will always be one of his biggest supporters. Thank you for all of the love and support."

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