Katie McGlynn tells Maura Higgins not to worry about Giovanni Pernice romance

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Katie McGlynn has reassured Maura Higgins that she needn't worry about rekindling her romance with her boyfriend, Giovanni Pernice.

The former Coronation Street star was announced as part of the line-up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing last month, but speculation quickly arose that she would be partnered with Giovanni – causing Maura to worry.

However, the 28 year old has now told Maura that a man with a girlfriend is "completely off-limits", and she has "no time for a man" at this stage of her life.

Katie explained to The Sun: "Giovanni is a really nice guy, but I don't really know him. We're on perfectly good terms, but Maura has nothing to worry about."


Katie, who has previously denied dating Giovanni, continued: "I would never get involved with anyone that had a girlfriend. I understand that happens, but I'd avoid that like the plague. If someone has a partner, they are completely off-limits.

"I never want to be that person. The amount of heartache the other person would be going through – it's just really not nice, and I'm not about that."

Katie added that she wasn't focusing on finding a man and had even deleted the Raya dating app from her phone.

She said that she wanted to concentrate on Strictly and was "definitely open to meeting someone" once the show came to an end.

It was previously reported that Strictly bosses were initially keen to pair Katie with Giovanni but have made a U-turn over fears it would "stoke flames".

Katie previously denied being romantically involved with dancer Giovanni after the pair were spotted at an awards ceremony in 2017.

A source told The Sun on Sunday: "There's always speculation about the pairings and how they will impact on relationships. The bosses do not want to stoke flames."

Katie is set to appear on Strictly alongside Tom Fletcher, AJ Odudu, EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis and many more stars in the latest series.

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