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Stacey Dooley ‘splits’ from boyfriend of three years Sam Tucknott following Strictly win

Stacey Dooley has reportedly split from boyfriend Sam Tucknott (Picture: BACKGRID/Instagram)

Stacey Dooley has reportedly split from her boyfriend of three years Sam Tucknott.

The Strictly Come Dancing champ and Sam are thought to have called it quits after their relationship was put ‘under strain’ by her touring commitments with the BBC show.

Following her win in December last year, Stacey then threw herself back into work and was among the Strictly stars who headed out on the road across the UK to perform for fans.

The Sun reports that Stacey was ‘struggling’ to maintain her relationship with Sam because of the ‘whirlwind’ Strictly brought with it when the series wrapped last year.

Sources told the paper: ‘Stacey confided in her friends that she was struggling to hold down her romance with Sam because her life has been a whirlwind after Strictly.

Stacey and Sam had dated for three years (Picture: Instagram)

‘She barely saw him during the month-long tour and has gone straight back into filming documentaries and has been travelling all over the world.’

They claimed the break up has been ‘tough’ on both Stacey and Sam and a reconciliation is ‘not looking likely’, adding: ‘Their lives have just gone in different directions.’

Sam has reportedly moved out of the couple’s Brighton home. Stacey said she had ‘nothing to say’ when approached by the publication about the break up.

Metro.co.uk have reached out to Stacey’s rep.

Stacey had won Strictly Come Dancing’s 2018 series with professional partner Kevin Clifton, but was forced to bat off rumours about her relationship with Sam while competing on the show.

Strictly and the shows tour allegedly caused problems for Stacey and Sam (Picture: Instagram)
Stacey and Strictly pro Kevin Clifton have remained good pals after their win last year (Picture: WENN)

It was claimed that her ‘close relationship’ with Kevin had left Sam ‘insanely jealous’ and he was ‘paranoid’ about the pair falling victim to Strictly’s so-called curse that has seen many relationships break down over the years.

Stacey and Sam put on a united front against the speculation, though, and the documentary-maker was seen sharing a number of selfies with her boyfriend on Instagram.

Since wrapping up Strictly, Stacey has been filming for new BBC show Glow Up and flew out to Uganda to visit children suffering with malaria in the hope of raising awareness for this year’s Comic Relief campaign.

She has remained firm pals with her dance partner Kevin, who split from wife Karen Clifton last year, and he was seen calling Stacey ‘inspirational’ as she celebrated her 32nd birthday, earlier this month.

Kevin said: ‘I know International Womens Day was yesterday but wanted to say Happy Birthday to one of the most inspirational women I know. Happy birthday champ.’

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