Giovanni Pernice serenades Strictly partner Rose Ayling-Ellis after Maura Higgins split

Giovanni Pernice has shared a video of himself "serenading" his Strictly Come Dancing partner Rose Ayling-Ellis, hours after reports of his apparent split from Maura Higgins came to light.

Strictly professional dancer Giovanni, 31, posted a clip of himself twinkling the ivories on a grand piano on his Instagram story on Monday 18 October.

In the clip the dancer is wearing a pink blazer with a shirt and black trousers while he looks down at the keys and plays a tune, he then looks towards the camera with a serious expression.

The camera then pans around to EastEnders actress Rose, 26, who blankly looks at the camera and declares: "I'm deaf".

As Giovanni posted the video to his Instagram story, he wrote on top of the clip: "Serenade night" before tagging soap star Rose.

The actress shared the clip on her own Instagram story and also posted a comical video of the pair looking blankly at the camera before bowing their heads to take a sip of a glass of drink in front of them.

She wrote on top of the image: "Having a drink".

Strictly fans will be no stranger to the pair's comical videos on their social media feeds, which they have continued to create throughout their time on the series.

The latest clips come hours after reports Giovanni and Maura had split, leaving the Love Island beauty "devastated".

A source has told The Sun of the couple, who were reportedly planning on moving in together before the alleged break-up: "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."

Giovanni's representative declined to comment when contacted by OK!. While OK! also reached out to Maura's rep for comment.

The rumour mill began to churn after both Maura and Giovanni removed their PDA-filled snaps with one another off their Instagram pages.

Maura had previously shared her support for Giovanni and Rose competing on Strictly, and gushed over the pair on her Instagram story as they prepared to make their ballroom debut last month.

Brunette Maura shared a snap of Rose and Giovanni together and wrote: "The very best of luck to you beauties tonight…

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"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.

"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."

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