Giovanni Pernice dumped Maura Higgins as he didnt want to settle down

Strictly Come Dancing's Giovanni Pernice reportedly "dumped" Maura Higgins because he wasn't ready "to settle down", according to a source close to the pair.

The professional dancer, 31, has been spending a lot of time rehearsing for the BBC show with his EastEnders actress dance partner Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26.

Fans first noticed something was amiss when both Giovanni and stunning Maura deleted snaps of each other from their social media.

According to The Sun, Maura, 30, was left blindsided by the sudden break up and is said to be “utterly heartbroken”.

Maura has now reportedly told friends that she “has to move on” from the Strictly professional dancer.

A source claims: “Maura didn’t see this coming and is finding it very difficult to come to terms with. She genuinely thought Gio was the one.”

It's said that the duo split two weeks ago after a series of emotional chats.

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Giovanni is thought to have said their "crazy suitcase lives” meant they weren't seeing each other enough.

The source said: “Gio is working 24/7 on Strictly and Maura is flying here, there and everywhere with modelling."

They added: "Gio is also set to go on tour again next year when Strictly ends so their lifestyles just don’t fit with settling down at the moment.

"That’s why Gio decided to end things. They have crazy suitcase lives which makes it hard to be in a relationship.

"He adores Maura and had hoped they could remain friends – but that doesn’t look likely.”

Fans were swooning over the gorgeous couple after they went public with their romance on social media back in July.

Sadly it wasn't meant to be, and many viewers have been blaming the infamous "Strictly curse."

A source said: "It’s not easy going out with someone who’s on Strictly Come Dancing, with all the history there.

"Plus, Maura had to deal with the fact one Katie McGlynn, who Gio has been linked to, was on the show.

"But she was hugely supportive of Gio and is utterly heartbroken things have come to an end.

"But Maura is a strong girl and will brush herself down and bounce back.”

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