Kevin Clifton cuts ties with ex-wife Karen Clifton amid Stacey Dooley ‘romance’

Kevin Clifton, 36, has ended his professional union with estranged wife Karen Clifton, 37. The Strictly Come Dancing star is no longer acting as director of the Cliftons Dance Academy, which he set up with Karen when they were married. The dancers announced their separation back in March last year. Kevin’s decision marks the end of his final connection with his ex-wife after he embarked on a romance with his former dance partner Stacey Dooley, 32.

According to The Sun, Kevin’s departure from the dance school will allow Karen to “move on from him professionally.”

A source told the publication: “Karen has long been distancing herself from Kevin after his romance with Stacey went public. 

“She was annoyed at the time because he’d insisted they were just pals,

“Now that Kevin has left the business as a director, she is free to move on from him professionally.”

The publication claims Karen will now be in charge of the company on her own.

The Venezuelan ballroom and latin expert is also set to make another big change when she returns to Strictly this series under her maiden name, Karen Hauer. has contacted Kevin and Karen’s representatives for comment.

This news comes after Kevin stepped out with his new love interest Stacey.

They were pictured out and about and holding hands for the first time.

The duo were then seen putting on a cosy display on another occasion while walking through London together.

Stacey and Kevin won the glitterball trophy on the BBC programme last December after their impressive routines won over the public and the judges.

Reports began to suggest their friendship became romantic in March this year after Stacey broke up with her ex-boyfriend Sam Tucknott.

Stacey seemed to confirm their romance in April when she shared a sweet photo of herself and Kevin backstage at Burn the Floor.

Uploading the snap in view of her 729,000 Instagram followers, she could be seen smiling with her rumoured beau, who tenderly placed his arm around her shoulders.

Last month, an insider told The Sun the new couple have moved in together.

They divulged: “Stacey needed somewhere else to live.

“Kevin has been really relaxed abut letting her stay and so far it’s working really well,”

“Stacey is not sure whether she’ll stay for good but for now it’s a good place for her to set up base.”

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