Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice reveals heartbreaking reason he works so hard amid Amanda Abington row


STRICTLY’S Giovanni Pernice tonight revealed the heartbreaking reason he works so hard.

The big revelation came amid his ongoing Amanda Abbington row, after she claimed she suffered from “PTSD” from working with him on the BBC One show.

BBCGiovanni Pernice has opened up about supporting his family in Sicily[/caption]

BBCThe pro dancer opened up to his pal Anton Du Beke on their new show Adventures In Spain[/caption]

Giovanni is embroiled in a Strictly row with Amanda AbbingtonPA

Tonight viewers watched as Giovanni and his Strictly pal Anton Du Beke unleashed their new BBC show Adventures In Spain.

The series sees the duo travel around Spain, taking in the sights.

As they arrived in Marbella they took a yacht ride, where the pair had a heart-to-heart.

Opening up to Anton about why he works so hard, Giovanni said: “You know, I’m a workaholic as they say.

“Because obviously there is the fear that it is all going to finish someday, which is the truth.

“Obviously I support me, I support my family back in Sicily, financially, so obviously I have fear that if I stop, everybody else and estops because of me.”

This very frank revelation from Giovanni comes just a day after The Sun exclusively revealed how three of his former celebrity dance partners had got together to discuss him.

This could mean Amanda, Ranvir Singh and Laura Whitmore could unite to take complaints over the pro dancer to the BBC after they held an “emotional” summit.

The celebrities — each paired with the Italian on the dance show — first made contact on social media before getting together in-person last week to “compare notes”.

Sources said “tears were shed” as they offered one another support over their experiences with the “intense perfectionist” Gio.

Sherlock star Amanda quit the show in October citing medical reasons and has since revealed that she has been diagnosed with mild post-traumatic stress disorder.

However, speaking on The Mirror’s Invite Only podcast, Giovanni called Amanda’s decision to quit “a shame”, adding: “Amanda could have gone all the way.”

Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir, 46, who was partnered with 33-year-old Giovanni in 2020, complained about him to producers during her stint on the series.

Former Love Island presenter Laura, 38, meanwhile, said she “cried every day” and felt “uncomfortable” while training with him when they were paired up in 2016.

A source said: “All three had difficult experiences with Giovanni, who is well known to be intense during training. They met in person to share their experiences.

“Their meeting was emotional but heart-warming. They now know they are there to support each other after their tough times with Giovanni. Tears were shed.

“There is every possibility all three could take it further and formally complain to the BBC, but for now they’re comforting each other.”

The source added: “Only a handful of people will understand what it’s like to be trained by Giovanni and in the industry he is regarded as a ‘perfectionist’.

“He’s been known to row with many of his partners.”

Giovanni defended his actions, saying: “If you’re a professional dancer on one of these shows, you have to get the people looking the best they can on a Saturday night.

“If we have good scores at the end, I do look back and say, ‘I’ve done a great job’.”

Ranvir also flagged an issue during training with Giovanni, who has been on the show since 2015, and said that she was unhappy.

And telly host Laura wrote: “I’m still not ready to talk in-depth about my experience on the show. I was placed with a dance partner I was extremely uncomfortable with. I cried every day. And I really was broken, both mentally and physically, by the end.”

In another interview, she said: “What I didn’t like was being removed from everybody and having to spend 12 hours a day with this one person.

“It did not become about the dancing. I just wanted to dance. I did not want to play the game of doing red carpets with your dance partner and stuff like that.”

The BBC said in January it would not be conducting an investigation into Giovanni’s behaviour with Amanda.

A spokesman said: “There is a constant dialogue between the senior production team and contestants to ensure any concerns are addressed swiftly.”

The source told The Sun on Sunday: “There is some shock that the BBC appears to be doing nothing. Like Amanda, Ranvir also flagged an issue during training with Giovanni and said she was unhappy.

“While Laura has been vocal about how she found her time on the series distressing.

“Amanda is lining up a well-known lawyer to help her gain access to the rehearsal tapes of her and Giovanni with the aim of reviewing them.”

BBCLaura Whitmore said she ‘cried’ every day while training with Giovanni Pernice on Strictly[/caption]

PARanvir Singh complained about Giovanni to producers during her 2020 stint on Strictly[/caption]