Newly single Strictly star Giovanni catches the eye of a mystery blonde on boozy night out with Jamie Laing

NEWLY single Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice looked to be enjoying himself on a boozy night out with Jamie Laing on Thursday.

The star could be seen laughing outside of a swanky London eatery with the Made In Chelsea star and a mystery blonde.

Giovanni, 31, headed to Gola restaurant in Fulham with pal Jamie, 32, just days after announcing he had split from ex girlfriend Maura Higgins.

He and the Love Island star shockingly went their separate ways after months of dating, as the Strictly star "didn't want to settle down".

While Maura, 30, was seen partying the night away with best pal Molly-Mae Hague – Giovanni headed out on the opposite side of town.

The dancer looked dapper in a black shirt, black jeans and a long coat, which he dressed down with a pair of trainers for the evening meal.

Giovanni and Jamie could be seen sipping on wine as they stood outside the eatery, before being joined by a mystery blonde.

The woman appeared to be smiling and talking with the pair as they waited for cabs to take them home late on Thursday night.

It comes after "heartbroken" Maura was spotted out in London for the first time since her split from Strictly star Giovanni was announced.

The star looked glamorous and flashed her abs in a crop top and high-waisted jeans as she left a London hotel for a night on the town.

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The TV star headed for a night on the town after pro dancer Giovanni, 31, called time on their four-month romance – leaving her "devastated".

The pair were said to have struggled to keep their relationship going while Giovanni was locked in rehearsals with EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26.

A pal said: "Maura's taken a step back to let Giovanni concentrate on the show."

The Sun revealed how it was Giovanni who ended the romance – because he wasn't ready to settle down.

And Maura was left blindsided by the split, which came just days after they moved in together, and is "utterly heartbroken".

She deleted all trace of the Italian from her social media, telling pals she "has to move on" from their four-month romance.

A source said: "Maura didn't see this coming and is finding it very difficult to come to terms with. She genuinely thought Gio was the one."

The pair are believed to have split two weeks ago after heart-to-heart talks.

It is believed Giovanni admitted he had become concerned the pair's "crazy suitcase lives" meant they weren't able to see enough of each other.

The source said: "Gio is working 24/7 on Strictly and Maura is flying here, there and everywhere with modelling.

"Gio is also set to go on tour again next year when Strictly ends so their lifestyles just don't fit with settling down at the moment.

"That's why Gio decided to end things. They have crazy suitcase lives which makes it hard to be in a relationship.

"He adores Maura and had hoped they could remain friends – but that doesn't look likely."

Maura last night put her split to one side as she returned to social media to show the progress on her new place.

The stunner then headed out for a meal after unpacking boxes.

She said: "New place is finally coming together. I totally forgot how stressful moving is."

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