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Fan favourite Kevin Clifton has been a dancer on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing since 2013 where he was paired with Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid. Since then, Kevin has danced with five other women, including his latest girlfriend Stacey Dooley. Out of the six women he’s danced with, he has taken five of them to the final - but sadly, finding lasting love has been a trickier task for him. The 36-year-old dancer has a history of falling in love - but who exactly has he been romantically linked to?

Kevin Clifton was born in Waltham, near Grimsby in Lincolnshire in 1982 to former World Champion dancers Keith and Judy Clifton.

He was taught ballroom and Latin dancing as a child in his home by his parents and went on to compete nationally and internationally as a child, initially partnered with his sister Joanne.

The siblings later went on to different partners and Kevin chose Latin as his primary dance style so as to avoid directly competing against his sister.

He went on to become a Youth World Number One, a four-time British Latin Champion as well as winning International Open titles in Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Belgium.

When he retired from competitive dancing in 2007, he was ranked seventh in the world.

What about his previous relationships?

Kevin Clifton has been married three times - to three different dancers.

The first woman he married is believed to have been Anna Melnikova.

He married at the age of 20 in 2003 but divorced a few years later after he stopped dancing professionally.

Speaking of his first wife, he told the Mail Online: “We got to a stage where we were at the top of our game but we hadn’t won a world championship.

“We were approached and told that if we paid the right people, took certain classes with certain pro teachers, we would be guaranteed the title.

“It would cost more than £10,000 in all and I just felt somewhere it had all gone wrong.

“My parents believed we could win without it, but I wanted to walk away from the whole thing. I fell out of love with it.

“My wife divorced me because it was her life. I fell into depression because everything I’d put my life into had burst apart.”

After his first marriage fell apart he met and married dancer Clare Craze, aged 24 - reportedly having met on a night out at a salsa bar.

Kevin tied the knot with Clare in 2007, but the pair split three years later and their divorce was finalised in 2013.

He said the separation was because they had “drifted apart”, with Kevin referring to this stage of his life, where he dyed his hair black and painted his nails, as his “rebellion”.

Kevin Clifton met his third wife, Venezuelan dancer Karen Hauer in 2011 while they both worked on the live dance show Burn the Floor.

The couple dated for a couple of years with each dancer joining Strictly Come Dancing in that time - before they married in 2015.

The pair danced together in professional dances on the show for years, but later separated.

However, the couple are said to still be very close friends.

Kevin told Hello! magazine: “Privately we are not together anymore but professionally we are stronger than ever before.

“Dance is how we came together and is what glues us together. We’re still the best of friends and we still have a lot of love and respect for each other.”

Now, the dancer is dating television presenter and journalist Stacey Dooley who recently revealed details of her life with “amazing” Kevin and explained how she feels “very lucky”.

Stacey told The Guardian: “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. 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.”

Over the years, Stacey is not the only Strictly partner Kevin has been linked to.

Although there have been no confirmations, the young dancer has also been linked to Louise Redknapp and Susanna Reid, both of whom separated from their partners shortly after appearing on the show.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 will begin in September.


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