Strictly Come Dancing winner Giovanni Pernice melts fans’ hearts with adorable family update

Giovanni Pernice has already won fans over with his latest stint on Strictly Come Dancing.

But the professional dancer had their hearts completely melting when he shared a sweet family update.

Giovanni, 31, has been enjoying a well-deserved Christmas break after storming to victory on Strictly 2021.

The Italian dancer and celebrity partner Rose Ayling-Ellis fought off stiff competition to lift the coveted Glitterball trophy during the BBC One dance contest’s final earlier this month.

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The pair faced John Whaite and Johannes Radebe in the Strictly final after 13 weeks of training, routines, and plenty of glitter.

But Giovanni and Rose, who said they will remain the best of friends, have now gone their separate ways after spending almost every waking hour together for more than three months.

And Giovanni offered an update on his Christmas festivities with an adorable family snap last week.

Taking to Instagram, the dancing star told his hundreds of thousands of followers: “Merry Xmas Eve from the Godfather and the Godson,” alongside a picture of him holding the baby boy who was dressed in his very own Santa outfit.

And fans couldn’t cope.

“Omg stop my heart can’t cope. He’s so lucky to have a godfather like you! When he’s older you can tell him about winning the glitter ball!” @ chantellewilliams_xx said.

@amelsrightoe commented: “THIS IS SO CUTE STOP.”

“Officially the cutest thing on the internet today. Have a great Christmas Gio! Enjoy the family time,” @debbie.lee01 shared. added: “I can’t cope with the cuteness!!!! So adorable!!”

Giovanni has since posted a photo of himself to his Instagram page, commenting: “La dolce vita,” which means ‘the sweet life’ in Italian.

Giovanni and Rose were the Strictly 2021 winners

But fans couldn’t help but flood the post with more Strictly comments.

@wmooney_1 said: “You deserved to win strictly ever since you started. Delighted you finally won.”

“Thank you for being such an inspiring teacher this year with Rose. I just loved your journey,” @rustydancing commented.

@lucybirdsmum said: “You look lost without Rose.”

Giovanni has been a professional dancer on Strictly for seven years.

Before this year he had made it to three finals but finally lifted the Glitterball with EastEnders star Rose.

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