Giovanni Pernice and Maura Higgins reveal sweet nicknames for each other on bowling date

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Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice and his girlfriend enjoyed a bowling date night and revealed the sweet nicknames they have for each other.

Fans were able to get a glimpse of the score board on their social media which revealed their nicknames for one another. Maura was ‘Princess,’ while Giovanni shortened his name to ‘Gio.’

Dressed in a yellow hoodie and matching jogging bottoms, Maura, 31, was clearly in a competitive spirit. “I genuinely thought I was going to win,” she said. Giovanni shared a clip of Maura and wrote: “Started off confident… the finish not so much.”

The loved-up pair recently enjoyed a romantic getaway to luxury 5-star hotel Corinthia London to celebrate Giovanni turning 31. Maura showed off their swish room on Instagram and made sure she pulled out all the stops for her boyfriend’s birthday.

She arranged for gold and black balloons to be entwined with white flowers and they filled one corner of the room, reaching from floor to ceiling. Giovanni’s name could be seen spelled out on the arch. In front of it, Maura also arranged a silver trolley holding an ice bucket, a bottle of champagne and a sweet treat.

She made sure her fans know how loved up she is with Giovanni by writing on her Instagram: “Happy Birthday to the man who makes me feel beautiful and loved every single day. You make my world complete. I love you.”

Maura also recently posted a photo on her Instagram showing Giovanni enjoying a steak dinner she had cooked for him. “Yes, he’s a lucky boy coming home to a steak dinner,” she said. Giovanni was only too happy to show his appreciation and posted back: “The best” with a heart emoji.

Although Maura and Giovanni began dating earlier this year, they only made their romance public in July.

On July 9 , Maura posted a picture of the couple with the caption: “I’m yours,” followed by a heart emoji. Her followers were delighted with the news that they were official and flocked to share their comments. “I’m so HAPPY for you Guys you are meant for each other,” one fan wrote.


Maura first came to the public’s attention when she appeared on Love Island in 2019.

She was most well-known for trying to steal Molly-Mae Hague’s man Tommy Fury before partnering with Curtis Pritchard. She then coupled up with Chris Taylor after leaving the island.

As Strictly Come Dancing gets underway, Maura’s friends have reportedly been warning her that her relationship with Giovanni could be at risk. Giovanni has been in relationships with two of his former co-stars, Georgia May Foote and Ashley Roberts.

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