Rose and Giovanni’s dance, according to Strictly fans, was a ‘reference’ to Maura Higgins’ breakup.


Rose and Giovanni’s dance, according to Strictly fans, was a ‘reference’ to Maura Higgins’ breakup.

The romantic Viennese Waltz performed by Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis on Strictly Come Dancing has had viewers wondering if it was inspired by his separation.

Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis’ dramatic ballroom dance may have been a subtle homage to his recent break-up with Maura Higgins, according to Strictly Come Dancing viewers.

On Saturday night, the Italian hottie, 31, and his celebrity partner Rose, 24, performed a touching dance to Alicia Key’s popular 2009 anthem Fallin’, which portrayed the story of a tumultuous romance.

They got their first ten on the dance floor with an emotive Viennese Waltz in which they played the part of a couple torn between sticking together or breaking up.

The audience was just as enthralled by the romantic routine as the judging panel was, with head judge Shirley Ballas crying during the performance.

As her relationships came to a climax, award-winning dancer Shirley admitted that the routine reminded her of “all her ex-husbands.”

As she assessed their current dance routine, she said, “All the saying ‘go away,’ ‘no come here,’ it took me back.”

Many fans at home, however, couldn’t help but think the performance was a parody of the Strictly pro dancer’s short-lived relationship with Love Island actress Maura Higgins, after The Sun claimed the pair had called it quits after four months together.

“Interesting notion given Gio just separated with Maura,” one person said.

“Was Giovanni discussing his relationship with Maura?” wondered another.

“Anyone else think that ‘debate’ and Giovanni’s ‘explanation’ was about him and Maura?” a third show fan wrote.

Giovanni is said to have ended their relationship due to concerns about the lack of time they spent together due to their busy work commitments.

Giovanni was reportedly said to be unwilling to settle down with the Irish beauty, putting a stop to their summer romance.

Following their “utterly devastating” divorce, Maura re-followed her former beau on Instagram, indicating that the two are on the mend.

Last Wednesday, the attractive model was seen following Giovanni once more, implying that a friendship could be in the works following their split.

In July of this year, the former couple confirmed their relationship after being seen dancing the night away in Blackpool.

Strictly comes back on BBC One at 7.15 p.m. on Sunday.

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