Stacey Dooley And Kevin Clifton: Not Just Strictly Friends

By Amelia Slater

21st February 2020

Stacey Dooley And Kevin Clifton: Not Just Strictly Friends

Media personality Stacey Dooley went from documentary filming to ballroom dancing in 2018 and bagged herself the Strictly crown and a new boyfriend.

Stacey and dance partner Kevin Clifton haven’t given too much insight into their relationship and we can’t really blame them, given the dreaded ‘Strictly Curse’ rumours.

Stacey and Kevin met during the sixteenth series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. After splitting up with their respective partners, the two announced their relationship not long after the show had finished.

Kevin split up with wife of three years Karen Hauer, who was also a professional dancer on the show and Stacey split up with her boyfriend of three years, Sam Tucknott.

Stacey Dooley And Kevin Clifton Win Strictly Come Dancing In 2018

After being paired up together on the infamous dancing show – which has previously seen contestants such as reality star Mark Wright reach the final – romance blossomed between the journalist and dancer and they started dating.

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‘What I am happy to say is Kev is amazing. I’m happy, life happens. I’ve got an amazing career and I’m very lucky’

Stacey Dooley revealed to Hello! Magazine late last year that she and Kevin preferred to keep their relationship out of the public eye.

‘Kev and I have decided 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.’


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My girl came to me in The Wedding Singer last night😀 @sjdooley ♥️

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The documentary filmmaker did say, however, that she and Kevin were very happy and life was treating her well:

‘What I am happy so say is Kev is amazing, I’m happy, life happens, I’ve got an amazing career and I’m very lucky’.

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Rumours That The Strictly Winners Were Dating Began To Circulate At The Beginning of 2019

Stacey’s ex-boyfriend Sam Tucknott, revealed to The Sun the moment that he discovered the pair had started seeing each other in a more than friendly way.

He said:

‘I was getting my stuff to leave. Stacey was in the loo. Her phone went and it was Kevin Clifton -Her phone went and it was Kevin Clifton — ‘I love you’ with a red love heart.

‘I grabbed the phone and confronted her. She said she’d tell me everything I needed to know.’

Stacey Dated Sam Tucknott For Three Years Until March Last Year

Stacey dated personal trainer Sam Tucknott for three years before their relationship broke down reportedly due to pressures after the show, becoming the fourteenth couple to be struck by the ‘Strictly Curse’.

After winning the 2018 series of Strictly Come Dancing, a source revealed that Stacey found it difficult to manage the pressures of the Strictly tour and travelling to film documentaries to the point where she was struggling to hold down her relationship with Sam.


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Im dead at these old snaps 😂😩❤️ Thailand 🌴

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Sam Branded Kevin Clifton A ‘Snake’ And ‘Rat’ For Dating Stacey

Sam was not too happy to hear the news that his ex-girlfriend was dating her old dance partner and didn’t hold back when it came to expressing his feelings to The Sun. He even went as far as to confront the dancer about it.

In a FaceTime video, Sam recalled how the interaction went:

‘He went white. I just stuck it on him, ‘You’re an absolute rat, how you conducted yourself. Just a slippery, slimy snake’. He didn’t say a word, he looked petrified, so shocked.

‘I have no respect for Kevin whatsoever. He comes out and says it’s all ‘strictly business’. He’s a full-on p***k. I’ve tried to meet him since to get closure but he won’t do it.’

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Stacey hit back at the critics, telling Twitter followers:

‘Anyone with any adult life experience knows there are 2 sides to every story. I haven’t got the time or energy to correct some of the utter nonsense I’ve read on here. Re Sam, I loved him v much and only wish him happiness and success going forward.’

Indeed! Let’s spread happiness, people.

Who Is Stacey Dooley?

Stacey Dooley, 32, is a British television presenter/documentary filmmaker/journalist who rose to fame after she appeared on documentary series Blood, Sweat and T-shirts in 2008.

She was one of the participants who travelled to India to live and work alongside garment workers who create the clothes we see in typical high street stores in the UK. She was later commissioned her own documentary series Stacey Dooley Investigates.


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Stacey Dooley Investigates

Since 2009, Stacey has presented Stacey Dooley Investigates where she travels around the world exploring global and domestic problems affecting young people, including: sex trafficking, underage sex slavery, corruption and domestic abuse.

The documentaries Stacey has presented over the years has seen her rising career as an investigative journalist and documentary maker. She released a book in 2018 titled Stacey Dooley on the frontline with the Women Who Fight Back about her encounters with women serving on the front line against Jihadists, intent on rescuing Yazidi women controlled by ISIS.

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Stacey’s Latest Documentary Sees Her Meet The Nurses Who Help Young Adults With Mental Health Problems

Reportedly under the Mental Health Act, young adults are detained more than any other age group for mental health issues, with 18-34 year olds being the most common patients.

In her documentary Stacey Dooley: On The Psych Ward, Stacey meets the nurses at Springfield University Hospital in South-west London, who work around the clock to provide care for severely distressed and occasionally violent patients.

The journalist has even opened up about how she began suffering from anxiety attacks after talking to a man suffering with psychosis.

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You can catch Stacey’s documentaries on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.

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