Giovanni Pernice responds to rumours hes dating MICs Verity Bowditch

Strictly Come Dancing's Giovanni Pernice has taken to Instagram to discuss the rumours of his possible new romance.

It had been reported that Giovanni, 31, is dating Made in Chelsea start Verity Bowditch just weeks after his split from Maura Higgins.

A source said: "Giovanni has fallen head over heels for Verity.

"They are smitten. He's been training really hard, but has made time for her."

Reportedly Verity, 31, and the Italian stallion have had several secret meet-ups. But this is news to Giovanni.

Taking to social media today, Giovanna posted on his Instagram Stories to give his input on the rumours.

He said: "Happy Sunday beautiful people. Always wanting to speak the truth over here.

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

Writing in pink font with a red shadow outline, Giovanni sprinkled some winking face emojis through the message, poking fun at the rumours.

He continued: "At the moment, as you know it's all about dance dance dance which is wonderfullll darling.

"That's the reality, no drama here Have a great day – the sun is shining? gio x."

Giovanni is one of the fan favourites to win this season as he and dance partner deaf EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis have been wowing the judges and viewers.

Rose, 27, and pro Giovanni particularly impressed everyone with their emotional performance – The Sound of Silence.

Love Island star Maura Higgins and Giovanni split just weeks after this season of the BBC show started, and the Irish TV personality is embracing single life.

Maura is currently soaking up the sun in the Maldives, celebrating her 31st birthday.

Giovanni still follows Maura on Instagram, but she has not returned the favour and all traces of him have been removed from her account.

Following reports the pair had split, Giovanni shared a statement on his Instagram. In it, he wrote: "Great relationships with great people can come to a natural end."

He continued: "This has been the case for me recently.

"There was absolutely no wrong-doing and this should be the end of any speculation."

Giovanni also recently posted a topless picture of himself which has made fans' hearts flutter.

With many commenting on how hot he looks and how he is "the stuff of dreams" actress and former Strictly contestant Lisa Riley said: "Babes it’s November nearly December……don’t catch a cold."

Verity is no stranger to being in the dating spotlight, having previously dated DJ Cameron Jack and fellow Made in Chelsea stars James Taylor and Tristan Phipps.

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