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Susanna Reid defends Kevin Clifton over Strictly ‘curse’ after Stacey Dooley splits from Sam Tucknott

Susanna Reid has defended Kevin Clifton against the alleged Strictly Come Dancing curse after it was reported he is dating his 2018 partner Stacey Dooley.

Dooley’s ex-boyfriend Sam Tucknott blamed “rat” Clifton for the break-down of their relationship.

Reid, who was paired with Clifton in 2013, split from her partner Dominic Cotton shortly after the series wrapped. She defended the professional dancer on Loose Women, deeming the timing of his alleged new relationship a “coincidence”.

“I call it the Strictly coincidence,” she said. “Kevin and I got on like a house on fire and is not responsible for the breakup of my relationship. I’m still fantastic friends with my ex and I’m still really good friends with Kevin.”

Controversy: Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton won the 2018 series (BBC/ Guy Levy)

Asked how Clifton will feel about accusations of being behind Dooley and Tucknott’s split, she said: “I would say that’s a coincidence unfortunately. In my case, our relationship was at that stage. If you look at Strictly overall, the vast majority in relationships when they start end up in the same relationships.”

Tucknott branded Clifton a “slippery snake” in an interview with the Mail on Sunday in which he revealed he had suspicions in the run-up to the Strictly final last year. 

Defending: Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 (Rui Vieira/PA)

“I hold no respect for him whatsoever,” he said before revealing he confronted Clifton in a video call. “He went white. I just stuck it on him.

“You’re an absolute rat. How you conducted yourself. Just a slippery, slimy snake.

“He didn’t say a word. He looked petrified. He looked so shocked.”

Louise Redknapp also broke up with her husband of 19 years, Jamie Redknapp after being partnered with Clifton in 2016. She refuted any talk of the show being to blame for the break down of their marriage.

Loose Women is on ITV, weekdays at 12:30pm


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