Inside Strictly's Rose and Giovanni's 'magic' bond as he dates Made In Chelsea star amid dance partner romance rumours

STRICTLY star Rose Ayling-Ellis and her pro partner Giovanni Pernice share a magical bond that has left fans captivated.

The Italian hunk – who The Sun revealed is dating Made In Chelsea's Verity Bowditch – is favourite to win this series with deaf EastEnders actress Rose, 27. 

The pair often post gushing messages to one another and viewers comment on their incredible chemistry.

Last month, following their silent dance, Giovanni posted a pic of the performance, writing: "A moment that will remain forever in my heart. You really are a role model."

At the end of their routine, the flirty Italian told Rose he "loved her" before they received a near-perfect 39 out of 40.

And last week, the duo melted hearts on This Morning as Giovanni said Rose was the "100 per cent the best partner" he'd had.

Meanwhile, their flirty banter is non-stop and they are often seen on Instagram messing around backstage, and play fighting.

Rose has been dating her partner Samuel Arnold for seven years.

The soap star has tried to keep her personal life out of the public eye, but has sometimes taken to social media to share sweet snaps of her and her beloved boyfriend. 

And a source tells New magazine there are concerns over how Samuel is feeling about their connection.

A source told the magazine: "Pals worry it's hard for her boyfriend. He's delighted for her, of course – she's the star of the show.

"But there are concerns he is raising an eyebrow at their closeness. Rose and Giovanni have got a special kind of magic nobody could imagine. It's very rare."

The show source continued: "Rose is very focused and wants to win, but she and Giovanni are getting closer and closer.

"You can see from the praise they're giving each other and the open compliments about how proud they are of each other."

Verity, 26, has had several secret meetings with Giovanni just a month after he split from Love Island’s Maura Higgins, also 31.

A pal said: “Giovanni has fallen head over heels for Verity.

They are smitten. He’s been training really hard, but has made time for her.

"They’re very sweet together.”

Hunky Giovanni has previously dated ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, 40, Towie’s Jess Wright, 36, fellow dance pro Luba Mushtuk, 32, and former celeb dance partner Georgia May Foote, 30.

The Sun also revealed last month that Giovanni was using a dating app before his split with Maura Higgins.

Pictures on his profile include one he’d uploaded on Instagram in May of him in a leather jacket.

Yet on October 2, Love Island star Maura, 30, posted pictures of her and Italian Giovanni, 31, on her Instagram account.

Friends say she was “devastated” when Giovanni gave her the push.

A source said: “Giovanni’s profile was on Raya while he was still very much with Maura. It does not state he is just looking for friendship.

“It is clearly for dates and it will be another blow to Maura.

"Gio said he wasn’t actively using the app but it only takes two seconds to delete."

Verity has previously dated fellow MIC cast members James Taylor and Tristan Phipps.

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