Strictly's Giovanni and girlfriend Maura Higgins reveal cute nicknames for each other as they go bowling on date night

STRICTLY star Giovanni Pernice and girlfriend Maura Higgins have revealed their sweet nicknames for each other.

The loved-up couple enjoyed a bowling date on Sunday evening as they both competed to win.

Wearing a yellow hoodie and matching joggers, Maura, 30, showed off her impressive bowling skills.

The ballroom dancer,31, also stepped up bowling lane to give it his best shot.

Taking to social media, the pair gave fans a glimpse of the score board which also revealed their pet names for one another.

Maura's was 'Princess', while Giovanni shortened his name to 'Gio'.

The professional dancer shared a clip of the Irish beauty and penned: "Started off confident…the finish not so much."

The Love Island star also posted a video of Giovanni's not-so impressive bowling skills, writing: "I genuinely thought I was going to win."

It comes after the couple recently enjoyed a romantic getaway  to celebrate Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni turning 31.

They were staying at the 5-star Corinthia London and have been pampering themselves in the hotel's luxury spa.

Taking to Instagram, former Love Island star Maura has shown her followers a glimpse of their swish room, complete with a monstrous balloon arch.

The gold and black balloons have been entwined with white flowers and fill one corner, reaching from floor to ceiling.

In Maura's short clip, Giovanni's name can be seen spelt out on the arch and, sitting in front of it, is a silver trolley holding an ice bucket, a bottle of champagne and a delicious sweet treat.

Giovanni has also reposted the video on his Instagram page, writing: "You are the best @maurahiggins."


Maura and Giovanni began dating earlier this year but only went public with their romance in August.

In the coming weeks, Giovanni will return to the ballroom for the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

However, Maura is said to have warned her man – who has history of dating women from the BBC1 show – to be 'respectful'.

It has already been revealed that the Irish beauty is "dreading" who her beau will be paired with.

To make matters worse, bosses are "desperate" to put the Italian hunk with Corrie star Katie McGlynn – but this could risk upsetting Maura as they were romantically linked five years ago.

The former grid girl reportedly "knows how flirty Giovanni can be", but doesn't want this to be the reason rumours start during his time on the show.

“He’s told her getting close and dancing intimately is part and parcel of the show. But she’s told him he just needs to be respectful to her," a source told new! magazine.

"Dancing is one thing, but he needs to be aware of his behaviour and make sure people know she’s his girlfriend.”

“She knows rumours could swirl about the Strictly curse striking – and she knows viewers will be keeping a close eye on Giovanni and Katie’s chemistry and how close they seem.”

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