Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley are far from the first dancing duo on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing to become a couple. The 37-year-old has in fact been married three times. But how did the dancing star’s most recent marriage come to breakdown ahead of his most recent blossoming relationship with Stacey Dooley?
Kevin Clifton began dancing as a child having been introduced to it by his parents, former World Champions Keith and Judy Clifton.
He competed nationally and internationally as a child, at first with his sister Joanne as his partner.
He was a Youth World Number one and a four-time British Latin Champion, as well as winning several International Open titles in countries around the world.
At the time of his retirement from competitive dancing in 2007, he was ranked seventh in the world.
Kevin Clifton appeared on Strictly Come Dancing for the first time in 2013, partnered with Good Morning Britain presenter Susanne Reid.
Since then, he has danced with six women, most recently Anneka Rice who was the second to be eliminated.
He took home the top prize with his current girlfriend Stacey Dooley last year, having been a runner-up in seasons 11 to 14 with partners Susanna Reid, Frankie Bridge, Kellie Bright and Louise Redknapp.
Sadly, the dancer has had less success in his personal life and has a reputation for struggling to maintain long lasting relationships.
So who exactly has he been romantically linked to?
Kevin Clifton has been married three times, to three different dancers.
He married his first wife when he was just 20 years old in 2003.
Anna Melnikova is said to be the dancer who married Mr Clifton at that time, although this has never been confirmed.
Despite being married for a few years, they sadly divorced after he stopped dancing professionally.
Speaking of his first wife, he told the Mail Online: “We got to a stage where we were at the top of our game but we hadn’t won a world championship.
“We were approached and told that if we paid the right people, took certain classes with certain pro teachers, we would be guaranteed the title.
“It would cost more than £10,000 in all and I just felt somewhere it had all gone wrong.
“My parents believed we could win without it, but I wanted to walk away from the whole thing. I fell out of love with it.
“I fell into depression because everything I’d put my life into had burst apart.”
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Just a year later, Kevin Clifton met his third wife, the Venezuelan dancer Karen Hauer, while they both worked on the live dance show Burn the Floor.
Kevin and Karen Clifton dated for a few years and were married in 2015.
However, despite the couple’s apparent chemistry, they announced in March 2018 that they were no longer together romantically.
In spite of the breakdown of their relationship they remain close friends.
Kevin told Hello! magazine: “Privately we are not together anymore but professionally we are stronger than ever before.
“Dance is how we came together and is what glues us together. We’re still the best of friends and we still have a lot of love and respect for each other.”
Kevin and Stacey confirmed they were dating in 2019.
The couple first met when they were paired together on Strictly Come Dancing 2018.
Having kept tight-lipped about their relationship, the television presenter Stacey Dooley recently shared never-before heard details about her relationship with “amazing” Kevin and explained how she feels “very lucky”.
Stacey told The Guardian: “Kev and I have agreed not to go into too much detail about our private lives because you can’t really indulge that and then ask for privacy.
“That’s why we’ve turned down interviews that have offered us tens of thousands of pounds. What I am happy to say is Kev’s amazing, I’m happy, life happens, I’ve got an amazing career and I’m very lucky.”