It’s been alleged that romance between Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton was common knowledge during the Strictly Come Dancing tour.
According to insiders on the arena shows, it was an ‘open secret’ that the dance professional and his former partner were dating, long before her split from Sam Tucknott.
Jilted partner Sam claimed to have first discovered the reported tryst between Stacey and Kevin – who won the series together in December – when he found their phone messages last month.
A source on the tour told The Sun: ‘Everyone believed romance was blossoming between them.
‘Kevin was a regular feature. He’d cheer on Stacey when he could, then spend time with her and the others at the hotel. Stacey didn’t hide the fact she wasn’t happy at home and barely mentioned Sam.’
Representatives for Stacey Dooley have been contacted by Metro.co.uk for comment.
Led by Stacey and new partner Strictly pro Aljaz Skorjanec, in the absence of departing pro Kevin, the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 tour commenced in January and concluded in February.
News of an alleged romance between Kevin and Stacey broke on Sunday when her ex Sam spoke to the paper about his abrupt split from Stacey last month.
He explained how a fierce row erupted at their London home when he found a text message from Kevin telling Stacey that he ‘loved’ her.
Even though Stacey is yet to comment on Sam’s claims, she ‘liked’ a tweet about ‘forgiveness’ on Sunday morning, suggesting that she was looking for redemption.
Strictly professional Kevin split from his wife Karen Clifton in March 2018 and went on to win the show for the first time with Stacey at the end of that year.
When Stacey and her long-term boyfriend Sam split in March, it was originally reported that she was ‘struggling’ to maintain her relationship while on the road.
Sources at the time said that her life had been too much of a whirlwind since Strictly.
‘She barely saw him during the month-long tour,’ the insider said. ‘And has gone straight back into filming documentaries and has been travelling all over the world.’
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