Giovanni Pernice has postponed the launch of his brand, but reportedly has “no plans” to step back from Strictly Come Dancing following Amanda Abbington’s exit.

After being absent from week five of the BBC ballroom dancing competition, It Takes Two announced that Amanda, 49, would not be returning to the show.

The actor herself took to Instagram on Tuesday, 24 October, and wrote to her 135,000 followers: “It is with deepest regret that I had to leave Strictly. I did not come to this decision easily or lightly but for personal reasons I am unable to continue.”

Prior to Amanda’s statement, Giovanni, 33, had posted his own sentiment to his one million Instagram fans, which read: “Amanda .. I am so sad we can’t continue but I am proud of what we achieved and I am sending you so much love.”

In the aftermath of the Sherlock star’s exit, Giovanni has made the difficult decision to postpone the launch of his new brand, GP Vita.

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A post was recently shared with the brand’s 2,384 followers which simply read ‘GP Vita’.

The caption read: “Just an update that we are postponing the launch at

“Check back soon for more news. @giovanniepernice.”

According to MailOnline, it “didn’t feel right” for Giovanni to go ahead and launch his new business venture on Tuesday.

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A source claimed to the publication: “Giovanni is really disappointed that Amanda’s time on Strictly has come to a premature end. He wanted nothing more than to continue competing with her by his side.

“For Giovanni now, he will still be on the show every Saturday, supporting the rest of the cast.”

The source also claims that fans are doubting whether Giovanni will appear on series 22 of Strictly. However, those conversations are not expected to take place “for months”.

“However, he has no plans to step back from Strictly just yet,” they claimed.

Following the news that the brand would no longer launch on Tuesday, fans flocked to the comments section to wish the professional dancer well during this difficult time.

One Instagram user wrote: “Sending love Giovanni. We’ll be here when you are ready.”

“Disappointed, but I’m sure it will be worth waiting for. Hope you are ok x,” replied a second.

A third wrote: “I’m sure it will be well worth the wait, hope you are ok.”

“Understandable decision. It will be worth the wait,” replied another user.

Strictly Come Dancing returns for a Halloween Special this Saturday on BBC One at 6.40pm.

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