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Stacey Dooley: Why Kevin Clifton would NEVER have a love fling with one of his partners

Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley won the 2018 series of Strictly Come Dancing, claiming the glitterball trophy. The dances can get steamy, and Kevin has had his fair share of celebrity partners. The professional dancer has been partnered with Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid and singer Louise Redknapp as well as documentary maker Stacey. 

But Kevin has told The Sun he would never start a romantic relationship with a celebrity partner. 

When asked if any of his Strictly partners had become romantic, the dancer said: “No, never.

“You’re there to do a job and get on with the dancing. That’s what it’s about.”

Kevin had previously been surrounded by rumours following two of his partners ending their relationships after being paired with him on Strictly.

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Susanna, 48, ended her relationship with long-term partner Dominic Cotton a few weeks after her Strictly run in 2013. 

Later, Kevin’s close friendship with singer Louise, 44, reportedly caused trouble in both of their marriages. 

Kevin’s then-wife Karen, 36, is said to have told Louise’s spouse, former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp, 45 in 2016: “Keep your wife away from my husband. She’s ruining our marriage.”

Both couples later separated.

On his style of teaching and partnering Kevin told The Sun, “I don’t crack the whip, be really strict or a disciplinarian. 

“The only way you can do your best is when you feel really comfortable and safe. 

“And I also tell them I won’t laugh at them at any point — they can make as many mistakes as they want, providing they give their all on the night.”

Now the dancer is changing things up, becoming a judge on new ITV show All Star Musicals. 

Kevin is swapping the stage for the judge’s chair and has explained from experience he wants to be “as encouraging as possible.”

Kevin, 36, told The Sun: “When you stand in front of the judges and they pick you apart, it’s soul destroying. 

“I wanted to be as encouraging as possible.

“If there are things that could be improved you have to say, but I wanted to do it in the most encouraging way so they felt good about it.”


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