Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice planning to go public with romance at Euro 2020 final as they’re spotted in London

STRICTLY star Giovanni Pernice and Love Island's Maura Higgins hope to go public with their romance – at Wembley!

The Italian dancer – a footy fanatic – is desperate to bag a ticket for Sunday’s final and plans to take "lucky charm" Maura as his plus one. 

The pair both attended Italy’s win over Austria at Wembley earlier in the tournament. 

And a source said: "Gio wants to be there to cheer on Italy again and hopes to take Maura with him.

"Their relationship is getting increasingly serious.

"They spent most of last week together in Blackpool but have had to be apart in the past week due to work.


"Gio has a day off from his new new show next Sunday so is desperate to try and land a couple of tickets for the match."

The Sun on Sunday exclusively pictured the pair together enjoying a night out in Blackpool last week where the Italian is performing in a new stage show.

Our snaps confirmed the pair are very much ON after weeks of speculation. 

The Sun later told how Giovanni had been eyeing up Maura for a long time.


A pal said: "They’ve met each other at events in the past and Giovanni has always fancied Maura. 

"But it wasn’t until she became single that he made his move. Once they started texting, and then eventually meeting up, things quickly went from there.

"Maura has spent a couple of days with Gio and been staying with him while he’s on tour. 


"But she’s now had to go away with work herself so they face spending a week or two apart which neither of them are looking forward to as they’ve become close really quickly.

"Maura hopes to be reunited with him during the last few dates on his tour."

The pair went public with their love for the first time last week at Sapphires, Blackpool's Premier Drag Cabaret Show Bar. 

And they are both no strangers to high-profile relationships.

Maura has dated Love Island co-stars Chris Taylor and Curtis Pritchard while Giovanni meanwhile has exes including include former Corrie actress Georgia May Foote, Towie star Jessica Wright and Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts.

Given his history Maura is determined to take their romance "slowly" because she's "worried he could be a player".

But our source who spotted them last week said: "Maura shouldn’t worry too much – he looked totally head over heels with her and who can blame him. She’s stunning."

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