KAREN Clifton is returning as a professional dancer for the 17th series of Strictly, which she first joined with her then-boyfriend Kevin Clifton back in 2012.
Here’s everything we know about the dance pro and why she split from Kevin.
Why did Karen Clifton split from husband Kevin Clifton?
Kevin and Karen Clifton confirmed they were splitting in March 2018.
During the 2017 series of Strictly their communication reportedly “became strained” due to their hectic work schedules and long distance commutes.
The Sun exclusively revealed in December 2017 that Karen, 35, had been dating an accountant as her marriage hit the rocks.
Then in February 2018, The Sun exclusively revealed that the couple were set to divorce two months after their marriage was rocked by Karen having an affair.
It was also reported that Karen was jealous of Louise Redknapp, Kevin’s celebrity dance partner on the show in 2016.
According to a friend of Karen the Strictly dancer reportedly told Louise‘s husband Jamie Redknapp: “Keep your wife away from my husband. She’s ruining our marriage.”
Speaking about their split, Karen told HELLO!: “It was important to be honest about everything. I think there is a lot of pressure on people to be perfect all the time, and so there is this fairytale image of everything, but at the end of the day we are just like other people.”
Karen tied the knot with Kevin in July 2015, after meeting in New York while working.
He proposed to her on her birthday on stage as they starred in a touring production of Burn The Floor in 2014.
After the pair got married, Karen decided to take on her husband’s last name professionally, and is now known as Karen Clifton.
Karen was previously married to former dance partner, Matthew Hauer.
Who is Karen Clifton dating now?
The Strictly Come Dancing regular is currently in a relationship with opera singer David Webbe.
David performs in productions at the National Opera and used to be part of the classical music group Amore.
She and the singer were first spotted together in February 2017, with the pair seen hugging during a night out in London.
Karen regularly shares pictures of herself with the musician on her Instagram page, as does David.
Who is Karen Clifton partnered with on Strictly Come Dancing?
The professional dancers are yet to find out who they will be paired up with on the BBC dance show.
However, the pairings will be revealed during the Strictly Come Dancing: Launch Show, which is prerecorded on Friday, August 30, 2019.
Host Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman launch the new series, partnering up the celebrities with their professional dance partners.
Who is Karen Clifton?
Karen Clifton, 37, (formerly Hauer) is a professional ballroom dancer of Venezuelan descent.
She has won various accolades including US Amateur American Rhythm National Champion and World Mambo Champion.
In 2009 she competed on US show So You Think You Can Dance and joined Strictly Come Dancing as a pro dancer in 2012.
Since then, she has been partnered with Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, Towie star Mark Wright, Dave Myers and Jeremy Vine.
In 2016 she was partnered with Will Young, but he withdrew from the contest after week four.
She went on to win the Children in Need version of the show with athlete Lutalo Muhammed that year, and joined in the Christmas special alongside chef Ainsley Harriot.
In 2017 she was paired with chef Simon Rimmer and the couple were the fifth couple to be eliminated.
Both her former husband Kevin and his sister Joanne, who was also previously a professional on the show, have had more luck than Karen with their show partners, as Joanne won with Ore Oduba in 2016 and Kevin has come second with four of his partners.
In 2018 she was paired with soap actor Charles Venn.
They made it to the quarter-finals in week 10 but lost out in a dance off against Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts, 37, and her Russian dance partner Pasha Kovalev, 38.
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When can I watch Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on BBC One?
Strictly Come Dancing is returning for its 17th series on BBC One TONIGHT (Saturday, September 7, 2019).
The main show will air live on Saturday evenings with the results the following day on Sundays.
In July 2019 it was revealed Motsi Mabuse will be joining the judging panel of Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel-Horwood.
Darcey Bussell quit the show in April 2019.
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly return as the presenting duo, with Rylan Clark-Neal confirmed as host of Strictly: It Takes Two alongside Zoe Ball.