He said: ‘Karen, I love you more than anything in the world. And the Cliftons confirmed their split in March 2018, with Kevin saying: ‘Privately we are not together anymore but professionally we are stronger than ever before.
Karen is now in a relationship with opera singer David Webb, but she and Kevin are still on great terms – with Karen being the first person to congratulate him when he finally lifted the Glitterball trophy in 2018. , Kevin said: ‘It was important to be honest about everything.
After the cast of the show – including Strictly stars Kristina Rihanoff and Janette Manrara – performed an energetic routine to Ballroom Blitz, Kevin grabbed the microphone off the host and explained to the audience that he had friends and family in the audience because it was Karen’s birthday.The Grimsby born dancer then held up a sign to the crowd reading ‘will you marry me?’, before turning it towards his fellow dancers and Karen, with Kevin going down on one knee. The pair tied the knot in 2015 – however, rumours of a split emerged in 2017 when Karen was pictured with rumoured boyfriend Stuart Wood while both dancers competed on Strictly Come Dancing.Re Sam, I loved him v much and only wish him happiness and success going forward.’ While Kevin has yet to comment, it is said their blossoming romance was an ‘open secret’ on the Strictly tour, which Stacey danced on with Aljaz Skorjanec.If you've got a story, video or pictures get in touch with the uk Entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page - we'd love to hear from you.