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Giovanni Pernice’s secret partner ‘resents Debbie McGee’

Giovanni Pernice reportedly has a secret dancer girlfriend who is ‘jealous’ of his close bond with Strictly Come Dancing partner Debbie McGee.

The Italian professional, 27, is allegedly dating Latin dance champion Luba Mushtuk and the pair have performed in dance tours together over the years.

And Luba, who is thought to help choreograph Giovanni’s routines with Debbie, 59, is ‘uncomfortable’ with their chemistry as she can see how much he ‘cares’ for her.

 

Hidden romance: Giovanni Pernice is reportedly dating dancer Luba Mushtuk (pictured), who is ‘jealous’ of his close bond with Strictly partner Debbie McGee.

‘Luba and Giovanni are together. But she doesn’t like Debbie because of their bond – she feels how much Gio cares for her,’ a source told The Sun.

The insider added that Luba wants to go public with her relationship with Giovanni and hopes to dance on Strictly alongside him in the future.

‘It’s also upsetting as she would like their romance to be out in the open. Luba is very keen to be on the show one day,’ they said.

‘She assists with choreography. But that means she has to spend a lot of time watching Giovanni rehearse with Debbie which can be uncomfortable for her.’ 

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Giovanni and Debbie for comment. 

'It's upsetting': Luba, who is thought to help choreograph Giovanni's routines with Debbie, 59, is 'uncomfortable' with their chemistry as she can see how much he 'cares' for her

‘It’s upsetting’: Luba, who is thought to help choreograph Giovanni’s routines with Debbie, 59, is ‘uncomfortable’ with their chemistry as she can see how much he ‘cares’ for her

Chemistry: The source added: 'She assists with choreography. But that means she has to spend a lot of time watching Giovanni rehearse with Debbie which can be uncomfortable for her'

Chemistry: The source added: ‘She assists with choreography. But that means she has to spend a lot of time watching Giovanni rehearse with Debbie which can be uncomfortable for her’

Luba is making waves in the dancing world herself, being a four-time Italian Dance Champion and 2011 World Latin Show-Dance Champion.

She has been an assistant choreographer and professional group dancer on Strictly Come Dancing for the past two series.

Appearing to hint at a relationship with Giovanni, she shared a selfie with him on her birthday on Tuesday, writing: ‘The most special birthday surprise ever, thank you so so so much!

She added: ‘I’m such a lucky girl Love you @pernicegiovann1#loveyou #sospecial #stillcantbeliveit’ accompanied by a love heart emoji.

Rumour has it: The Italian professional, 27, is allegedly dating Latin dance champion Luba Mushtuk and the pair have performed in dance tours together over the years

Rumour has it: The Italian professional, 27, is allegedly dating Latin dance champion Luba Mushtuk and the pair have performed in dance tours together over the years

Hmm: The insider added that Luba wants to go public with her relationship with Giovanni and hopes to dance on Strictly alongside him in the future

Hmm: The insider added that Luba wants to go public with her relationship with Giovanni and hopes to dance on Strictly alongside him in the future

On the show: Luba has been an assistant choreographer and professional group dancer on Strictly Come Dancing for the past two series

On the show: Luba has been an assistant choreographer and professional group dancer on Strictly Come Dancing for the past two series

The pair have known each other for several years and also perform together in the dance tour ‘Dance Is Life’.

Meanwhile, Debbie and Giovanni – who were spotted sharing a hug and kiss goodbye after having dinner together – have persistently laughed off rumours they are romantically involved.

Debbie – who is the widow of magician Paul Daniels – has admitted she shares an undeniable dancefloor chemistry with Giovanni – in a partnership with she deems ‘magical’.

In a shoot with OK!, which saw her remove her wedding ring, she gushed: ‘There’s a magic that is happening. The other dancers take the mickey out of us. He really cares, he doesn’t just care about me, he cares about everybody.’

Just friends: Debbie and Giovanni - who were spotted sharing a hug and kiss goodbye after having dinner together - have persistently laughed off rumours they are romantically involved

Just friends: Debbie and Giovanni – who were spotted sharing a hug and kiss goodbye after having dinner together – have persistently laughed off rumours they are romantically involved

Sizzling: Debbie - who is the widow of magician Paul Daniels - has admitted she shares an undeniable dancefloor chemistry with Giovanni - in a partnership with she deems 'magical'

Sizzling: Debbie – who is the widow of magician Paul Daniels – has admitted she shares an undeniable dancefloor chemistry with Giovanni – in a partnership with she deems ‘magical’

The Surrey-born beauty’s comments come after she admitted to embracing the idea that people think Giovanni is interested in embarking on a romance with her.

She told the Daily Express: ‘It’s absolutely great people think he fancies me. We have a chemistry, a great sense of humour, we both make each other laugh and that has brought us together.’

Debbie said she has a very special friendship with the dancer, and said that because people see them dancing such sexy routines they assume the relationship is that.

She added: ‘The truth is we really like each other but it isn’t a love affair. We love each other, but we are not in love with each other. It’s just one of those very special friendships.

Loving: She gushed: 'There’s a magic that is happening. The other dancers take the mickey out of us. He really cares, he doesn’t just care about me, he cares about everybody'

Loving: She gushed: ‘There’s a magic that is happening. The other dancers take the mickey out of us. He really cares, he doesn’t just care about me, he cares about everybody’

Giovanni previously dated actress Georgia May Foote, who he met when they were partnered together on Strictly in 2015. 

The pair called time on their romance last August, with Georgia writing on Twitter: ‘It is with great sadness we have decided to split up. There is nobody else involved.

‘Although it was not an easy decision to make, sometimes you realise that it is better to be friends and this is one of those times.

‘We both have very busy work schedules for the rest of the year so we are both going to focus on our upcoming work projects and we wish each other well for the future.’ 

Former flames: Giovanni previously dated actress Georgia May Foote, who he met when they were partnered together on Strictly in 2015

Former flames: Giovanni previously dated actress Georgia May Foote, who he met when they were partnered together on Strictly in 2015

It's over: The pair called time on their romance last August, with Georgia writing on Twitter: 'It is with great sadness we have decided to split up. There is nobody else involved'

It’s over: The pair called time on their romance last August, with Georgia writing on Twitter: ‘It is with great sadness we have decided to split up. There is nobody else involved’

 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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