Stacey Dooley ‘warned by friends’ that Kevin Clifton romance could be bad for her image

Stacey reportedly struck up a romance with Kevin after her split from Sam (Picture: Phil Lewis/WENN.com)

Stacey Dooley’s friends are reportedly warning her that a relationship with Kevin Clifton may be bad for her image.

The 32-year-old journalist is believed to be dating her Strictly Come Dancing 2018 partner Kevin, 36, following her split from boyfriend of three years Sam Tucknott.

But with the star currently filming a new hard-hitting documentary in Mexico, Stacey’s pals are concerned that the romance may affect her work.

A source told The Sun: ‘Stacey has plenty of work on at the moment and her agents don’t want that to be affected in the wake of the scandal.

‘They’ve quietly suggested that the recent stories could be bad for her image and hope that she will listen to the advice.’

Stacey is best known for her documentary work (Picture: BBC/Comic Relief)

They added: ‘Stacey does what she wants at the end of the day but they think it’s best if she keeps a low profile and that means staying away from Kevin for now.’

Kevin and Stacey grew close as they danced their way all the way to the Strictly final, eventually taking home the Glitterball trophy.

However, Stacey told her ex Sam that she only sparked a romance with Kevin after they broke up.

The personal trainer told The Sun: ‘I was getting my stuff to leave. Stacey was in the loo. Her phone went and it was Kevin Clifton. I grabbed the phone and confronted her. She said she’d tell me everything I needed to know.’

‘He went on to say that Stacey told him she didn’t start ‘entertaining’ Kevin until they had split up.

‘I did fall for him but when we were done,’ Sam claims the presenter said. He replied: ‘I don’t hate you Stacey. I hate what you’ve done.’

While Kevin – who has been married three times – has yet to comment on the relationship, Stacey broke her silence on Twitter, writing: ‘Anyone with any adult life experience knows there are 2 sides to every story.

Sam called Kevin a ‘rat’ and a ‘snake’ (Picture: @sjdooley)

‘I haven’t got the time or energy to correct some of the utter nonsense I’ve read on here.

‘Re Sam, I loved him v much and only wish him happiness and success going forward.’

Stacey is currently filming in Mexico, while Kevin is touring the UK with his show Burn The Floor.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Stacey’s rep for comment. 

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