Relationships can happen in all walks of life and it is wrong to blame the show, insists the Italian hunk, who has been on the BBC series since 2015.
And the Sicilian, who dated his celeb partner, the former Corrie star Georgia May Foote, revealed pairings were actually encouraged, to demonstrate chemistry on the dancefloor.
Giovanni, 32, who won the Glitterball Trophy with Rose Ayling-Ellis in 2021, left, said: “I don’t believe in the Strictly curse. It happens every day, it happens in the office, it can happen in the club. If people find chemistry they are going to end up sleeping together.”
Speaking at his first solo show Made In Italy at G Live theatre in Guildford, he also revealed he left home aged 14 to join a Bologna dancing company.
- His BBC1 show Adventures in Sicily with judge Anton du Beke starts on February 14