STRICTLY champion Jovita Prizstal is secretly dating pro Giovanni Pernice.
They were inseparable for several weeks and were caught kissing backstage.
Jovita, 28, who won with wildlife host Hamza Yassin, broke up with her longtime lover ahead of rehearsals.
A source said, “She and Gio are the biggest secret but they make a great couple.”
Giovanni and Jovita spoke publicly about their romance at a birthday dinner for Chelsea player Georgino.
The couple kept their blossoming relationship a secret for several weeks before openly flirting at a party.
Italian stallion Gio is friends with Brazilian native Jorginho, who plays for the Italian national team.
Polish beauty Yowita won Glitterball this year alongside wildlife host Hamza – after parting ways with dancer Michael Danilchuk prior to the start of the series.
Fans spotted her and 32-year-old Gio in a long hug as the champions were announced on Saturday.
They first talked about the sizzling program that started the show in October.
The film crew also caught them kissing backstage.
A source said: “Though they both kept insisting they were single, the chemistry as a couple was laughable – and they kept getting caught kissing in the hallways.
“The crew even saw them kissing in the production office.
“However, they are a great couple and have been inseparable for the past few weeks.
“Jovita especially wanted everything to be quiet so she could focus on Hamza and not be distracted from the competition.
“Giovanni invited Giovita to Georgino’s birthday party at Grappelli, an Italian restaurant in Cobham, Surrey, close to Chelsea’s training ground.
“They flirted and made their relationship very famous.
This was the topic of conversation for the evening.
Ladies man Giovanni, 32, previously dated ex-Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote, his co-star in 2015’s Strictly.
They separated after eight months.
In 2018, he dated another member of the show, Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts, despite the fact that they weren’t together.
Gio’s last public romance was with Love Island star Maura Higgins.
But that ended after a few months.
And he was linked to Inbetweeners star Emily Atack.
Ballroom dancer Jovita made her professional debut on Strictly on This Series and was an instant hit with male viewers.
She first came to public attention after winning The Greatest Dancer on BBC1 under Oti Mabuse, but has been dancing since the age of 12.
Jovita, the Polish Open Latin Champion, previously dated her professional dance partner Michael.
The couple, who still have their own website and Instagram page, met at a dance camp in 2013 and fell in love after dancing together for a year.
After retiring from competition in 2015, the couple toured the world together, working on the dance show Burn The Floor.
They also competed in The Greatest Dancer.
When Jovita was announced as the new Strictly Professional in group dancing last year, Michael posted a tribute to his then girlfriend.
The caption read: “I am so happy to share with you all that my little girl has achieved her biggest dream. Now she is one of the professional dancers @bbcstrictly 2021. I am very proud of you @jowitaprzystal. You are the hardest working person on this planet and I know you will be outstanding. I know how much this means to you.
“I love you with all my heart and I know that everyone will see in you the same thing that I do! Time to break it down, baby!”
However, since March, the couple have not posted together and no longer follow each other on Instagram.
Strictly famous for his curse, there has been no relationship drama this year so far.
But the fact that Giovanni and Jovita are together means that romance appears in each of the show’s 20 episodes.
Strictly spokesman and agents Gionvanni and Jowita declined to comment.
Gio and his ex
Last year, he dated Maura from Love Island for several months.
Pussycat Doll Ashley fell in love with Giovanni’s charms in 2018.
With dance partner and actress Georgia May Foote in 2016.
Party with Emily Atack in 2017.
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