Strictlys Giovanni Pernice sparks frenzy over baby news after win with Rose Ayling-Ellis

Strictly: Rose And Giovanni discuss what's next after win

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Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice, 31, has whipped his 777,000 Instagram followers into a frenzy over a sweet photo of him cuddling a festively dressed baby over Christmas. The dancer, who won Strictly 2021 with EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, 27, revealed the news that along with his professional victory on the BBC show, he has also become a godfather.

In the picture, Giovanni could be seen with his arms wrapped around the little one, who was dressed up as Santa.

The Italian dancer penned: “Merry Xmas Eve from the Godfather and the Godson.”

Fans and Strictly stars were quick to gush over Giovanni’s adorable family life update.

It Takes Two host Janette Manrara penned: “Awwww Merry Christmas.”

Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse added: “merry Christmas,” alongside several love heart emojis.

chantellewilliams_xx commented: “Omg stop my heart can’t cope. He’s so lucky to have a godfather like you! When he’s older you can tell him about winning the glitter ball!”

jaynevrac replied: “Not sure who’s more handsome.”

debbie.lee01 said: “Officially the cutest thing on the internet today Have a great Christmas Gio! Enjoy the family time x.” responded: “I can’t cope with the cuteness!!!! so adorable!!”

nenaghnative wrote: “Exactly what we wanted to see… family time! Enjoy every second of it. You deserve it.”

vivvy2488 gushed: “Happy Christmas Giovanni and the little chap. Relax and enjoy your break with your family. Thank you for the joy you and Rose brought to us.”

In other news from Giovanni’s personal life, he and his ex-girlfriend, 30-year-old Love Island star Maura Higgins, split in October.

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The pair had been seriously dating for around four months but according to sources, the relationship reportedly turned sour within just days of moving in together.

The former couple deleted photos of each other and eliminated nearly every trace of their relationship from social media, amid shock from fans.

Giovanni made a statement regarding the break-up at the time.

“Firstly, great relationships with great people can come to a natural end,” he wrote on social media.

“This has been the case for me recently.

“There was absolutely no wrong-doing and this should be the end of any speculation.”

Fortunately, despite heartache in the romance department, Giovanni went on to triumph in Strictly by lifting the Glitterball Trophy with Rose, who made history as the show’s first ever deaf contestant.

Their incredible chemistry left many fans hoping for a romance between Rose and Giovanni on Strictly, but in reality the actress has a boyfriend, Sam, who she has been dating for seven years. 

Sam even made an appearance in the show’s final episode, proudly supporting Rose from the audience as she went on to win first place in the competition. 

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