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Karen Clifton, 35, is reportedly dating accountant Stuart Wood, 27, amid rumours her two-year marriage to dancer Kevin Clifton is 'on the rocks'.
Nothing is perfect'Karen, meanwhile, had spent time in London and Manchester ahead of the current Strictly series, in which she was partnered with Simon Rimmer.
Addressing the claims surrounding her marriage, Karen had told The Sun: 'We're just a regular couple, we've been together for seven years and like any other relationship you have your ups and downs.
Nothing is ever perfect, so you make it work.'Downplaying rumours of a rift, she made sure to add: 'Everything is fine, it adds a little bit of spark to the relationship and it just means that we care about each other.' She added: 'We just need to keep pushing and relationships take work, it's not as easy as you think, especially being in a job like Strictly.' Kevin, meanwhile, is believed to have confided in friends that things 'aren't going well' currently between the married couple.
He touched on the strain between himself and Karen on his exit from this year's Strictly series, after Susan was voted out of the competition.
Kevin reached out to Karen publicly, as he admitted to the show's co-host Tess Daly: 'When Strictly is on I'm not the easiest person to live with. 'So I'd like to say first of all, thanks to my wife for putting up with me.' Prior to his public display, Karen had previously admitted that the pair's marriage is nothing like the perfect union it appears and that domestic fights often result in them sleeping separately.
Emotional: Kevin reached out to Karen, as he admitted to the show's co-host Tess Daly: 'When Strictly is on I'm not the easiest person to live with. Thanks to my wife for putting up with me''We're not a superhuman couple, we're normal, so when things happen, we fight,' she told The Daily Mail in August.'We fight about things like him not taking the rubbish out.