Maura Higgins from Love Island shares FIRST photo with new boyfriend Giovanni Pernice

They confirmed their budding romance on Instagram earlier this week by sharing a photo of themselves holding hands over a romantic dinner.

And Maura Higgins has since shared her first photo with new boyfriend Giovanni Pernice on social media on Friday, in which she declared: ‘I’m yours!

The Love Island star, 30, looked amazing in a black mini dress as she posed with her professional dancer, also 30.

Confirmed: Maura Higgins has since shared her first photo with new boyfriend Giovanni Pernice on social media on Friday, as she declared: ‘I’m yours!’

Maura’s friends went wild for relationship confirmation, when BFF Molly-Mae Hague, 22, shared a love heart and wrote ‘love you’.

While their Love Island co-star Lucie Donlan said: ‘Finally. Love you guys!’

Chloe Brockett of TOWIE, wrote: ‘I loveeeee.’

Giovanni imitated Maura’s affectionate post by sharing his favorite post about them staring at each other.

Reaction: Maura’s friends go wild for relationship confirmation, as BFF Molly-Mae Hague, 22, shares a love heart and writes ‘love you’

Maura looked sizzling in a black strappy top complemented by a chic red lipstick, while holding her lover’s face in her hands.

He wrote in the caption ‘you are mine’, while Maura replied with a heart emoji.

The couple announced their love for the first time last week at Sapphires, Blackpool’s Premier Drag Cabaret Show Bar.

A few days later, the two reality personalities seem comfortable as they enjoy a romantic dinner date.

‘You are mine’ Giovanni mirrored Maura’s affectionate posts by sharing her favorite posts of them staring at each other.

Loved-up: She captioned ‘you’re mine’, while Maura responded with a heart emoji

Maura shared the sweet snap on her Instagram Story but didn’t post any selfies showing their faces.

It looked like the couple enjoyed a sumptuous dinner of red wine and a delicious looking dessert.

Giovanni wore a smart navy suit and watch, while Maura showed only her pink manicured nails.

Closed: Two reality personalities both seem comfortable as they enjoy a romantic dinner date

Love: Maura Higgins finally went official on Instagram with her new beau Giovanni Pernice as she shared a sweet photo of them holding hands on Wednesday night

Giovanni is said to be moving ‘very fast’ with Maura.

The pair were pictured enjoying the first time at a drag bar last week in Blackpool – where Italian dancers were performing in a new show.

MailOnline revealed on Sunday that Giovanni and Maura had spent several nights at a hotel in the bucket and spade resort.

And he introduced her to the cast and crew of the Him And Me show he’s starring in with the new Strictly judge, Anton.

New romance: Giovanni (pictured) said to move ‘very fast’ with Maura

A source said: ‘Gio and Maura are the perfect couple. Everyone knows he played on the pitch in the past but he is serious about Maura. He fell in love with her, they became close very quickly and spent a lot of time together in Blackpool.

‘He became friends with all the cast and crew. He and I did too and they thought he was great. Maura also met Anton and they got along well.’

The couple announced their love for the first time last week at Sapphires, Blackpool’s Premier Drag Cabaret Show Bar.

Italian dude Giovanni, who last year was paired with Ranvir Singh of Good Morning Britain on Strictly, treated Maura to some legendary dancing skills.

A spectator who saw them in Blackpool on Thursday night said: ‘They showed up with a big group of friends. They had reserved the VIP area of ​​the place for themselves and everyone was having fun, dancing and singing.

‘Maura and Giovanni join forces. They’re clearly bubbling together because they’ve been together all night and seem totally in love with each other.

‘They spend about an hour away from the group playing pool. At one point they seemed to have a bit of a fight but it couldn’t be serious because they went out together and looked a lot like a couple.’

Reports last week claimed Giovanni was in the early stages of a relationship with Maura, who split from fellow Love Island star Chris Taylor, 30, earlier this year.

Sweet: The couple announced their love for the first time last week at Sapphires, Blackpool’s Premier Drag Cabaret Show Bar (Maura pictured in 2019)

Last Tuesday, the reality beauty reportedly kissed Giovanni and wished him good luck before his performance with Anton in their Him and Me show, which drew crowds at the Blackpool Opera House.

During the run, Giovanni and new judge Anton stayed at The Big Blue Hotel Blackpool – which is close to where the couple enjoyed their evening last week.

Maura and Giovanni first sparked rumors they were an item after sharing a very similar photo from inside Wembley Stadium last month.

They posted an Instagram photo of the same look while watching Italy vs Austria at the Euros on June 26.

It’s over: Maura’s ex-boyfriend Chris (pictured) who split from her in May, hasn’t posted on social media since news broke of her new relationship with Giovanni

He is said to have taken up the romance with the Strictly Come Dancing star – who previously dated Ashley Roberts and Georgia May Foote – ‘slowly’ because he was ‘worried he could be a performer’.

But a source who saw them last week added: ‘Maura needn’t worry too much – she looks totally head over heels with him and who can blame her. She’s amazing.’

Maura and Giovanni were also spotted enjoying a holiday together in Cornwall last month, although they have been trying to hide their romance for as long as possible.

MailOnline reached out to representatives of Maura and Giovanni for comment.

After Thursday night’s show, Giovanni said on Instagram: ‘Opening night and I’m so proud of this production. Anton Du Beke and I are very much ready for you in England.’

One of Maura’s surprised fans tweeted about meeting the stars in Blackpool on Friday, writing online: ‘Why did my duck meet Maura Higgins at BLACKPOOL.’

Maura and Giovanni follow each other on Instagram and the dancer has shown her affection for the former islanders by liking her photos.

Maura’s ex-boyfriend Chris, who split from her in May, has not posted on social media since news of her new relationship with Giovanni broke.

Giovanni’s ex-girlfriends include Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, Jess Wright of TOWIE and soap opera actress Georgia May Foote, while Maura fell for ballroom dancer Curtis Pritchard on Love Island in 2019.

Curtis’ brother, AJ, will know Giovanni well after starring with him in Strictly for years, before he left the BBC series in 2020.

Last year, while appearing with celebrity partner Ranvir, the pair reportedly grew closer because of their chemistry, which was noted by the Strictly judges.

Giovanni started dating Georgia after they were paired together in Strictly, while his ex Ashley also competed in the series before they became a couple.

Connections: Giovanni’s exes include Ashley Roberts and Jess Wright, while Maura’s ex-boyfriend, Curtis Pritchard, will get to know Giovanni through his brother AJ, who used to be at Strictly

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