Maura Higgins devastated as she and Giovanni Pernice split after plans to move in

Maura Higgins is reportedly "absolutely devastated" following claims she has "split" from Giovanni Pernice.

The Love Island beauty, 30, and Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni, 31, sparked speculation they had parted ways as Maura deleted photos of herself and the dancer from her Instagram page.

Meanwhile, Giovanni, who's friends reportedly believed he'd propose to Maura, also removed the PDA-packed snaps he had posted of himself with the Irish star on his own Instagram profile.

Now, it's been claimed the brunette is "devastated" about the apparent break-up from Giovanni, which comes just weeks after reports the pair were planning on moving in together.

A source has told The Sun: "It's all over for now. Maura's absolutely devastated, it appears the Strictly curse has struck again.

"Pals are hoping that they can patch things up. But only time will tell whether Giovanni's got the time.

"He's been working 24/7 on the show practising with celeb partner Rose, and they've become really good friends. He's even been learning sign language, showing it off on social media.

"Maura's decided to take a step back and let him concentrate on the show."

OK! has contacted Maura and Giovanni's representatives for comment.

Love Island babe Maura had been incredibly supportive of Giovanni taking part in Strictly Come Dancing, where he has been paired with Rose Ayling-Ellis.

Ahead of their first performance on the BBC dancing show last month, Maura posted a supportive message to cheer on Giovanni and EastEnders star Rose, 26.

Maura shared a snap of Rose and Giovanni together and gushed on her Instagram stories: "The very best of luck to you beauties tonight…

"I know you will absolutely smash it @rose.a.e @pernicegiovanni".

Shortly before the rumours of Giovanni and Maura's split began to swirl, the professional dancer gushed over Maura in an interview with OK!.

When asked if Maura has been supportive, the professional dancer told us: "Maura’s been very supportive.

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"She’s the one I go home to, there’s a dinner ready and I have someone to talk to. She loves Rose as well."

And, when asked if she watched the show, Giovanni said: "Yes, she really enjoys it. She loved our performance on movie week and said she was really moved by it."

Maura and Giovanni had sparked romance rumours in June this year, before confirming they were an item with a loved-up snap shared on their Instagram pages in July.

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