Love Island's Maura Higgins stuns in sexy shoot as she flaunts curves that have left Giovanni Pernice 'besotted'

MAURA Higgins thrilled fans in a photoshoot for Ann Summers after The Sun revealed she has left Strictly's Giovanni Pernice "besotted".

The Love Island star climbed a metal staircase in skyscraper heels after spending last week in the arms of her new Italian boyfriend.

Maura, 30, wore black lingerie in the photos shared on Instagram, as she stretched her endless legs into a sexy pose.

It comes as The Sun exclusively pictured her with dancer Giovanni in Blackpool last week where the Italian is performing in a new stage show.

A source has told The Sun Giovanni has been eyeing up Maura for a long time.

A pal said: "They’ve met each other at events in the past and Giovanni has always fancied Maura. 

"But it wasn’t until she became single that he made his move. Once they started texting, and then eventually meeting up, things quickly went from there.

"Maura has spent a couple of days with Gio and been staying with him while he’s on tour."

The pair went public with their love for the first time last week at Sapphires, Blackpool's Premier Drag Cabaret Show Bar. 

The 30-year-old Italian hunk treated Maura to some of his legendary dance skills. 

An onlooker who saw them in Blackpool on Thursday night said: "They turned up with a large group of friends. They’d booked a VIP area of the venue to themselves and everyone was having a good time, dancing and singing. Maura and Giovanni joined in.

"They had clearly bubbled together as they were together all night and looked totally smitten with each other. 

"They spent about an hour away from the group playing pool. At one point they appeared to be having a bit of a row but it couldn’t have been that serious because they left together and looked very much like a couple.”

Maura split from her fellow Love Island star Chris Taylor earlier this year. 

Maura and Giovanni first sparked rumours they were an item after sharing very similar photos from inside Wembley Stadium last month.  

They posted Instagram snaps with the same view while watching Italy vs Austria in the Euros on June 26.

She is said to be taking her romance with the Strictly Come Dancing star – who has previously  dated Ashley Roberts and Georgia May Foote – "slowly" because she's "worried he could be a player".

But our source who spotted them last week added: “Maura shouldn’t worry too much – he looked totally head over heels with her and who can blame him. She’s stunning.”

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