Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin and Karen Clifton split after 3 years of marriage
Strictly Come Dancing professionals Kevin and Karen Clifton have confirmed they have split after three years of marriage.
The dancing duo announced their decision to call time on their relationship this morning but have reassured fans they’re going to remain close friends and will continue working together as they tour for The Kevin & Karen Show this May.
Kevin appeared on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show today, telling host Chris Evans: “We just wanted to let everyone know that privately we are not together anymore but professionally we are stronger than ever before. Dance is how we came together and is the glue that has held us together for years now. We’ve danced on Broadway, the West End, we have five Strictly finals between us.
“We’re still the best of friends – we’ve got a lot of love and respect for each other. I still see Karen pretty much every day … we’re always throwing ideas around and putting things together creatively.
“What we’ve found is that since we’ve been honest with each other about our relationship, we’ve unlocked this new wealth of creativity and we’re taking our professional relationship to the next level now.”
Talking about their upcoming shows, Karen added: “We have such great chemistry and for us it’s all about the storytelling and giving the best performance and entertaining and inspiring.
“At the end of the day it’s about giving back to our fans and we love dancing together so much. We’re feeling very positive and it’s going to be one of the best tours.”
The news came as a surprise for many fans, considering Karen insisted the pair were working hard on their relationship this January.
She said at the time: “We’re a regular couple, we’ve been together for seven years, and like any other relationship, you have ups and downs.
“We just need to keep pushing. Relationships take work. It’s not as easy as you think, especially being in a job like Strictly.”
Strictly Come Dancing will return later this year to BBC One.
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