The Strictly Come Dancing pair have shocked fans with news of their break-up

Georgia May Foote has been left heartbroken after splitting from boyfriend Giovanni Pernice.

The actress confirmed to her Twitter fans on Saturday that she and Italian Gio – who met on Strictly Come Dancing last year – have called time on their relationship but remain close friends.

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Georgia May Foote talks Strictly before Giovanni Pernice split

‘It is with great sadness we have decided to split up,’ Georgia, 25, wrote in an emotional message. ‘There is nobody else involved.

‘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 added alongside the post: ‘Thank you for all your support for us during and after the series. I love you all very much. @pernicegiovann1’

Giovanni, 25, reTweeted his former girlfriend’s message.

Since announcing the shock news Georgia has made it clear that she’s devastated and doesn’t want to receive any mean Tweets about the split.

‘Nothing i ever said about my feelings to gio were fake before people start,’ the former Coronation Street star added. ‘I still love him very very much. But things change. Please…

‘Be respectful to me at this time by not saying awful things. This is a hard time for me.’

Georgia and Gio started dating around New Year time after the end of Strictly and quickly became inseparable. They embarked on the Strictly tour as an item and then moved in together in London in February. Georgia even started learning Italian after meeting her boyfriend’s family in his home country.

They’ve always made an adorable duo so fans have been left stunned by their sad break-up.

One follower Tweeted Georgia saying: ‘shocked to see this just now, thought u were perfect together, wishing u both all the very best in the future’

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Georgia then replied ‘so did i’ and added a crying emoji face.

It comes just a couple of days after the actress shared a selfie with Gio on Instagram and captioned it: ‘My favourite human being. 💑 @pernicegiovanniofficial’

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Georgia will now be focusing on her role in the upcoming tour of the stage show of Breakfast At Tiffany’s whilst Giovanni is getting ready to participate in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing, with the launch show due to air on Saturday night.