Smitten Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice is pining for his girlfriend Maura Higgins.

The professional dancer and former Love Island star Maura went public with their blossoming romance last month.

And in a sultry snap of the pair cuddling in a swimming pool, Italian hunk Giovanni admitted to his 474,000 Instagram fans: “Missing my baby girl”.

“Not long now baby,” replied Maura in response to her beau’s plea, with a heart emoji for good measure.

The sweet photo was liked over 60,000 times, with many of Maura’s showbiz pals delighted the Irish bombshell has found love.

“Very cute,” commented Molly Mae-Hague, the former Love Island star and one of Maura’s best pals.

Giovanni and Maura look smitten as they cuddle up in a sweet pool snap

Fellow former Love Islander Lucie Donlan was also really happy for the pair and penned: “You guys,” with heart-faced emojis to help spread the love.

And fans of the celeb couple were also delighted with the cute snap of the pair embracing in a pool, as Giovanni nuzzled into Maura’s neck.

“Flippin’ eck you two are the most gorgeous couple,” gushed one fan.

“’If Heineken made hot couples,” joked one admirer.

And a third praised: “The cutest.”

Maura's good pal Molly Mae-Hague liked Giovanni's pining post

But one fan questioned the couple’s longevity and commented: “Lovely but how long?”.

Fellow Strictly dancer Nathan Jones joked: “But are you missing me our Babyboy?”.

Up to now Giovanni has yet to win the famous Strictly glitterball despite having starred in the hit BBC show since for the last six years.

But the 30-year-old would love to follow in the footsteps of Italy’s incredible Olympians, Marcell Jacobs and Gianmarco Tamberi.

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Marcell became the first Italian winner of the Olympic 100m sprint final, while good pal and high jumper Gianmarco shared gold with Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim in a thrilling final in their chosen sport.

And one social media fan teased on Giovanni’s Twitter page: “The way that 2021 is going @pernicegiovann1 is set to win @bbcstrictly .. big year for Italy … @Eurovision @EURO2020 and men’s #100m at @Tokyo2020 ….”.

And Giovanni happily replied: “Can you imagine,” with a laughing emoji and a blushing emoji.

Giovanni and Maura went public with their love on 9 July when she shared a sweet snap of the pair cuddling at Sapphires, Blackpool’s Premier Drag Cabaret Show Bar.

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“I’m yours,” read the 30-year-old’s post to her 3.2 million Instagram followers.

Giovanni shared an almost identical post on the same day, which read: “You’re mine.”

“Gio and Maura are very much a couple,” a source told Mail Online. “Everyone know he's played the field in the past but he is serious about Maura.

“He's smitten with her, they've become close really quickly and are spending a lot of time together in Blackpool.

“She's become pals with all of the cast and crew of Him and Me too and they think she's great. Maura has also met Anton and they got on brilliantly.”