Strictly's Giovanni Pernice 'snubs family to spend Christmas with Ashley Roberts'

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The rumoured Strictly couple may be spending Christmas together (PA Images/REX).
The rumoured Strictly couple may be spending Christmas together (PA Images/REX).

Strictly pro Giovanni Pernice and former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts have been rumoured to be dating since the beginning of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

And according to a report in The Sun, the ‘couple’ are taking things to the next level by holidaying over Christmas on Roberts’ home turf.

The 28-year-old will supposedly forgo spending Christmas Day with his family and friends in Italy to meet 37-year-old Roberts family Stateside.

An insider told the tabloid that Pernice skipping his homeland to be with Roberts in Miami shows just how serious he is about the singer.

“This is a sign of just how heavily Giovanni has fallen for Ashley during the three to four months they were working in close ­quarters together. But because of the show’s punishing rehearsal and performance schedule they couldn’t spend as much time together as they might have liked.

“So now that the show is over, they’re virtually inseparable. That includes not wanting to be apart at Christmas, even if that means Giovanni has to make a ­sacrifice,” the source said.

This year’s Strictly saw Roberts get consistently high scores, but she received backlash from the public due to her past dance experience. Despite ending up in the final four, she was forced to compete in a dance-off as one of the two bottom acts three weeks in a row.

Meanwhile Pernice also reached the final four with Steps dance partner Faye Tozer. This is not the first Strictly romance for the Sicilian. He had a romance during his 2015 stint on Strictly with his celebrity partner actress Georgia May Foote. And the former Coronation Street star broke up with Corrie actor Sean Ward weeks into the show to be with Pernice.

The Strictly pair didn’t waste any time, moving in together just six months after they first met. However, by August the next year Foote announced on Twitter that the two had split up due to ‘very busy schedules for the rest of the year.’


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