Love Island's Maura Higgins has curry sauce smeared over her face by Strictly boyfriend Giovanni Pernice in sweet video

LOVE Island's Maura Higgins had curry sauce smeared all over her face by her Strictly boyfriend Giovanni Pernice in a sweet throwback video.

The new couple recreated a famous scene from The Lion King while giggling together shortly after confirming their romance.


Maura, 30, shared the short clip to her Instagram Story, with the brunette beauty beaming with joy while Giovanni, also 30, goofs around.

The reality TV favourite has brown-coloured sauce around her mouth and on her forehead, with Giovanni smearing it some more while saying: "Simba".

This references a scene from the iconic Disney film when lion cub Simba has fruit juice smeared on his forehead by mandrill Rafiki shortly after his birth.

Maura laughs while looking at the camera, showing off her natural beauty with her brown hair tied back, minimal make-up, and a simple white top.

She revealed that the video was old in the post's caption, which read: "Miss you! @pernicegiovanni1 (This is curry sauce by the way)"

FIRST HOLIDAY

Earlier today, The Sun revealed that Giovanni was planning to whisk Maura away for their first holiday together after he finishes his theatre tour.

A source told us: "Since they started dating Maura and Gio haven’t been able to spend much time together.

“They’ve had to make the best of the short space of time they are able to see another.

"That’s why as soon as Gio finishes his tour he wants to go somewhere hot for two weeks and lie on a beach with Maura. Then it will be back for Strictly."

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

They posted Instagram snaps with the same view while watching Italy vs Austria in the Euros on June 26.

She is said to be taking her romance with the Strictly Come Dancing star – who has previously dated Ashley Roberts and Georgia May Foote – "slowly" because she's "worried he could be a player".

But our source who spotted them added: “Maura shouldn’t worry too much – he looked totally head over heels with her and who can blame him. She’s stunning.”

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