Why did Kevin and Karen Clifton break up, is he still dating Stacey Dooley and who is he paired with on Strictly 2019?

KEVIN Clifton, through his good looks and charming personality, quickly became a Strictly fan favourite.

And, to no one's surprise, the choreographer's personal life is just as fascinating as his dance moves on the BBC One show. Here's everything we know about Kevin.

Why did Kevin Clifton split from wife Karen?

Kevin and Karen Clifton – another Strictly professional – confirmed they were splitting in March 2018.

During the 2017 series of Strictly their communication reportedly "became strained" due to their hectic work schedules and long distance commutes.

The Sun exclusively revealed in December 2017 that Karen  had been dating an accountant as her marriage hit the rocks.

Then in February 2018, The Sun exclusively revealed that the couple were set to divorce two months after their marriage was rocked by Karen having an affair.

Despite the split the pair remain close and have spoken about their desire to remain friends following their divorce.

Speaking to Hello! back in March 2018, Karen said: "As performers with our fans and as a couple with our family, we have shared so much, so no matter what has happened, we can continue.

"Things don't have to fall apart."

Is Kevin Clifton still dating Stacey Dooley?

Kevin is believed to still be dating Stacey Dooley after their romance was first reported in April 2019.

However, the pair rarely post pictures of each other on their social media accounts since appearing on the BBC dance contest together in 2018.

Stacey was dating her ex-boyfriend Sam Tucknott, who supported her during her stint on Strictly, for five years.

Shortly after they broke up it was revealed she had began dating her former dance partner, Kevin.

Karen broke her silence on her ex-husband's romance with the filmmaker for the first time in August, 2019.

Speaking to FUBAR Radio about her ex's new squeeze, she said: "I don’t really know anything about that.

"When we go in [to rehearsals] we’re literally going crazy with all the routines. But you know what he looks extremely happy, so I’m happy that he's happy."

When did Kevin Clifton get married to Karen?

Kevin tied the knot with Karen Hauer in July 2015, after meeting in New York while working.

He proposed to her on her birthday on stage as they starred in a touring production of Burn The Floor.

After the pair got married, Karen decided to take on her husband's last name professionally and is now known as Karen Clifton.

The couple revealed all about their relationship during a game of ITV's All Star Mr and Mrs for charity.

He was previously married to Clare Craze, but the pair split in 2013 after a three-year marriage.

Who is Kevin Clifton partnered with on Strictly Come Dancing?

The professional dancers are yet to find out who they will be paired up with on the BBC dance show.

However, the pairings will be revealed during the Strictly Come Dancing: Launch Show, which is prerecorded on Friday, August 30, 2019.

Host Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman launch the new series, pairing up the celebrities with their professional dance partners.

Who is Kevin Clifton?

Kevin Clifton is a 36-year-old professional ballroom dancer who is most known for his work with the Strictly team.

Born and raised in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, the star's mother, father and sister are all also pro dancers.

His sister Joanne starred alongside him on Strictly – and their sibling competitive spirit drove the pair to both make the finals during their tenure on the show.

In 2016, Joanne and her partner Ore Oduba beat Kevin and his partner Louise Redknapp in the final.

In 2018, Kevin won Strictly along with Stacey Dooley, a documentary filmmaker and journalist.

He is also the only professional to reach four grand finals in a row.

During his time on the BBC favourite, he has partnered with Susanna Reid, Frankie Bridge, Kellie Bright, Louise and in 2017 he was eliminated in Week 10 with Susan Calman.

In 2019 it was revealed he is now dating his former Strictly partner Stacey.

When can I watch Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on BBC One?

Strictly Come Dancing is returning for its 17th series on BBC One on September 21.

However, the show has its launch show TONIGHT (September 7) at 7.10pm on BBC One.

You can get the FULL celebrity line-up here.

In July 2019 it was revealed Motsi Mabuse will be joining the judging panel of Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel-Horwood.

Darcey Bussell quit the show in April 2019.

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly return as the presenting duo, with Rylan Clark-Neal confirmed as host of Strictly: It Takes Two alongside Zoe Ball.

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