Karen Clifton: Strictly 2019 pro breaks silence on ex Kevin's romance with Stacey Dooley
Karen Clifton, 37, who is now going by Karen Hauer, the name she had before marrying Kevin Clifton, has spoken out on his new romance.
Kevin, 36, is in a relationship with Stacey Dooley, 33, after they met on Strictly Come Dancing 2018 , where they were crowned the champions.
Speaking on FUBAR Radio this evening, Karen said Kevin looks “happy” as she admitted he doesn’t tell her anything about his relationship.
“I don’t really know anything about that,” she said about their romance.
“When we go in [to rehearsals] we’re literally going crazy with all the routines.”
She added: “But you know what he looks extremely happy, so I’m happy that he’s happy.”
Karen, who was born in Venezuela, said there is “no drama” between her and Kevin and it isn’t awkward when they dance together.
She said: “Most people think that we’d be like ‘oh I don’t like it’, but no. Not at all. We laugh. There is no drama. I don’t like drama baby llama! I’m happy, he’s happy, let’s all be happy!”
When asked if there is any tension in rehearsals, Karen replied: “I’m so proud of him and all the things he’s been doing lately. For us, it’s never been a problem and it never will be a problem. We’re really cool.”
She added: “We absolutely love working together. We’re dancing together. The nice thing is that we don’t have partners that we are dancing with all the time, we switch partners around, so we all get a feel for everybody else.”
Stacey and Kevin were rumoured to be dating after she split from her ex-boyfriend, Sam Tucknott, earlier this year.
The investigative journalist recently opened up about the reason why they want to keep quiet regarding their relationship.
Stacey revealed they want to keep their privacy but couldn’t help but gush over Kevin and called him “amazing”.
In an interview with The Guardian, Stacey spilled: “Kev and I have agreed not to go into too much detail about our private lives because you can’t really indulge that and then ask for privacy.
“That’s why we’ve turned down interviews that have offered us tens of thousands of pounds.”
She went on: “What I am happy to say is Kev’s amazing, I’m happy, life happens, I’ve got an amazing career and I’m very lucky.”
Meanwhile, Karen, who split from Kevin last year, is in a relationship with opera singer, David Webb, who recently shared the stage with her.
The pair experienced a first together as the Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer performed, whilst David sang on the P&O cruise.
Karen also shared images of their time together on the cruise, with the star sharing a stunning beach snap
The dancer couldn’t have looked happier as sh beamed away whilst David tenderly kissed her forehead.