Saturday 1 October 2016

The Strictly curse strikes again: Georgia May Foote splits with Italian dancer Giovanni Pernici

Published 28/08/2016 | 13:33

Georgia May Foote with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice (BBC)
Georgia May Foote with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice (BBC)
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice have gone separate ways
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice pose during Photocall for the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2016 at Barclaycard Arena on January 21, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)
Georgia May-Foote and Giovanni Pernice arrive for the launch of Matalan SS16 collection launch at Matalan Store on March 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Georgia May Foote and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice during a dress rehearsal recording for the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

They were one of the most talked about couples to emerge from Strictly Come Dancing in recent years.

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But it's all over for Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernici.

The former Coronation Street actress and Italian dancer were partnered together during the 2015 season of the hit show, but their friendship turned to romance after the programme wrapped and both were single.

The couple confirmed their romance in January. Georgia had previously been in a relationship with Corrie co-star Callum Logan, which ended in December.

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice have gone separate ways
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice have gone separate ways

Georgia, who shot to fame as Katy Armstrong in the popular ITV soap, announced news of the split in a statement on Twitter.

"It is with great sadness we have decided to split up. There is nobody else involved," she said.

"Although it was not an easy decision to make, sometimes you realise that it is better to be friends and this is one of those times.

"We both have very busy work schedules for the rest of the year so we are both going to focus on our upcoming work projects and we wish each other well for the future."

Georgia May Foote and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice during a dress rehearsal recording for the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing
Georgia May Foote and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice during a dress rehearsal recording for the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing

Giovanni will be paired up with a new celebrity this season.

But their statement wasn't without its drama as the actress asked for "respect" from her followers, saying: "Please be respectful to me at this time by not saying awful things. This is a hard time for me."

"Nothing I ever said about my feelings to Gio were fake before people start. I still love him very very much. But things change."

Georgia May-Foote and Giovanni Pernice arrive for the launch of Matalan SS16 collection launch at Matalan Store on March 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Georgia May-Foote and Giovanni Pernice arrive for the launch of Matalan SS16 collection launch at Matalan Store on March 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

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