Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice continue to be frontrunners on Strictly [Getty]
The dancing duo are just one of many of the couples thought to be in a Strictly romance, as they have been getting close on the dance floor and being flirty on the It Takes Two (Strictly’s spin-off show) couch.
But according to fresh reports, Giovanni, age 27, already has a secret girlfriend — fellow professional dancer Luba Mushtuk.
And the mysterious lady is said to be jealous of Paul Daniels‘s widow as she cosies up to the Italian talent.
Luba Mushtuk is said to be in a secret relationship with Giovanni Pernice, and the Strictly Come Dancing star is reportedly frustrated by the Debbie McGee romance rumours [Instagram]
Luba Mushtuk has been working with the stars behind the scenes on Strictly Come Dancing [Instagram]
But who is the BBC One star’s secret lover?
Here’s what we know about Giovanni’s off-screen partner to date:
Luna Mushtuk and Giovanni’s relationship
“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.
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The Strictly source explains how Luba is keen to expose their romance: “It’s also upsetting as she would like their romance to be out in the open.”
The twosome have been close for years, and are even about to go on tour together from April 2018.
As well as that, the star has put many pictures of the two together on social media.
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Celebrating her birthday, the dancer recently uploaded a snap with Giovanni and her mother, writing: “The most special birthday surprise ever thank you so so so much! I’m such a lucky girl Love you.”
Celebrity friends commented on this picture of Luba Mushtuk and Giovanni Pernice [Instagram]
Luba’s dance career
The brunette beauty, who was born in Russia but moved to Italy to study dance, also has enjoyed a strong career on the BBC talent show.
Luba is a professional dancer and assistant choreographer on Strictly Come Dancing.
Luba Mushtuk captioned this snap: “Love them” [Instagram]
She helps the couples behind the scenes, and works as a backup dancer on the show.
As well as embarking on a tour with Giovanni in 2018, last year she took part in his Dance Is Life tour.
The multitalented lady (who also speaks three languages fluently) previously toured the world with Burn the Floor, a theatrical dance group.
Working behind the scenes at Strictly, Luba has been able to see Giovanni and Debbie’s close relationship play out in the flesh.
Strictly Come Dancing: Debbie McGee and Pernice have been the subject of romance rumours [BBC]
“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” the insider told the newspaper,” the previous source continued.