Maura Higgins sparks split rumours after deleting all pictures with Giovanni Pernice

Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice have sparked rumours they’ve split after the pair deleted all photos of each other from their Instagram accounts.

The Love Island star, 30, and Strictly professional, 31, started dating earlier this year before confirming their romance with a PDA-packed Instagram post in July.

But the couple have now removed all of their loved-up snaps together.

Maura, who was compared to Grease's Sandy with her stunning new curly hair makeover recently, has been supporting dancer Giovanni in recent weeks on Strictly – and previously shared a heartfelt message of support to him and his partner, EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis.

“The very best of luck to you beauties tonight…” Maura gushed on her Instagram Stories ahead of their first dance of the series.

“I know you will absolutely smash it @rose.a.e @pernicegiovanni,” she added.

It comes after the pair were reportedly planning on moving in together.

A source said: "Things have become serious very quickly between Maura and Gio and they are now ready to move things up a level by getting their own place.

"They both lead incredibly busy lives and spend a lot of time on the road working – so having somewhere they can come back to and always be together is incredibly important.

"They have been talking about it and would like to start looking as soon as they can," they added to the Mail Online.

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It was even suggested that Giovanni's friends think he may be ready to pop the question to Maura.

Giovanni reportedly told those close to him his deep feelings for the Irish beauty and has also been left "love-struck".

According to a source, Giovanni has also "never felt like this about anyone before".

“He has fallen for Maura incredibly quickly and right now she comes before everything else in his life," the insider told The Sun.

“He is still putting the hours in on Strictly but once that’s done he is happiest spending as much time as possible with Maura.

“None of his mates have seen him like this before and Maura, who is always in and around set, has become really close to Giovanni’s friends as well."

What's more, the source claimed that the suave pro and famously tough teacher in the training room has said he wants to be with Maura "forever".

“Nobody would be surprised if they end up getting married," they added. "Because Giovanni has been saying she is the one he wants to be with forever.”

Giovanni has previously dated a number of celebs including Ashley Roberts and Georgia May Foote.

Meanwhile, Maura has dated former Love Island co-stars Curtis Pritchard and Chris Taylor.

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