Strictly star Giovanni Pernice has a close bond with all of his co-stars, but there's one he's particularly close with, and he showed this with a sweet kiss.SEE: Rose Ayling-Ellis unveils stunning hair transformation as Giovanni Pernice prepares to meet new Strictly partnerIn a video shared on her Instagram Stories new pro Lauren Oakley joked: "@giovannipernice is still following me around," as Giovanni appeared behind her and gave her a kiss on the cheek.
The Italian national cheekily then reshared the clip on his own Stories where he added a string of heart emojis. The pair aren't an item, but have a close bond as they have previously worked together on separate tours.WATCH: Giovanni Pernice and Lauren Oakley dance together ahead of Strictly rehearsalsLauren is one of the new faces joining Strictly for its 20th series and Giovanni was quick to give her a welcome to remember.READ: Giovanni Pernice reveals major update about Strictly Come Dancing 2022MORE: Strictly's Giovanni Pernice brings the birthday cheer as Anton Du Beke celebrates turning '21 again'Taking to his Instagram Stories following the announcement, Giovanni shared a sweet throwback picture of himself planting a kiss on Lauren's cheek - and remarked: "Nobody deserves it more than you @laurenmayoakley [heart emoji]… go on super [star]."Moments later, the 31-year-old uploaded a backstage video of Lauren dressing up in his clothes. "My leading lady and now @bbcstrictly professional… THAT's @laurenmayoakley everyone." Giovanni and Lauren already have a close bondBirmingham-born Lauren started dancing at just two years old and went on to win the Juvenile Champion across both Ballroom and Latin.Read more on hellomagazine.com