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Strictly Come Dancing's Stacey Dooley Insists Boyfriend Wasn't Jealous Of Kevin Clifton

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 10/02/2019 Ash Percival
Kevin Clifton posing for a picture: Stacey Dooley with Strictly partner Kevin Clifton © BBC Stacey Dooley with Strictly partner Kevin Clifton

Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley has denied her boyfriend was jealous of her partnership with Kevin Clifton on the show, following claims their relationship was under strain.

The documentary maker has described her boyfriend, Sam Tucknott, as a “dream”, praising him for supporting her during her stint on the BBC ballroom show.

Kevin Clifton in a black dress: Stacey Dooley with Strictly partner Kevin Clifton © BBC Stacey Dooley with Strictly partner Kevin Clifton

Speaking to The Times, Stacey said: “The truth is Kevin and I are brilliant friends and he’ll be my pal for life, and Sam was probably the most supportive he has ever been.

“When I first got the gig he was just so made up. He was dancing round our living room.

“And every week he’d say, ‘Listen to Kevin. Kevin knows best’. He was a dream.”

She said of her relationship with her former personal trainer, who she now lives with in Brighton: “We kind of hung out for a while and were pally. I remember first seeing him and thinking, ‘Oh my God, he’s so handsome’.”

But when she first joined Strictly his advice was: “Keep going, and don’t throw up,” because: “I was very unfit.”

Natasha Kaplinsky posing for the camera: Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky was the first star to ever triumph in the inaugural series of 'Strictly Come Dancing', back in 2004, when there were just seven competitors to beat.

Having obviously been a hit with 'Strictly' viewers, she was later chosen to cover for regular presenter Tess Daly, when she went on maternity leave. Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky was the first star to ever triumph in the inaugural series of 'Strictly Come Dancing', back in 2004, when there were just seven competitors to beat. Having obviously been a hit with 'Strictly' viewers, she was later chosen to cover for regular presenter Tess Daly, when she went on maternity leave.

Stacey is currently on a nationwide tour with the rest of the Strictly gang, but isn’t dancing with Kevin. 

The pro dancer is currently starring in a production of Rock Of Ages, leaving Stacey paired up with Aljaz Skorjanec on the live tour. 

a woman posing for a picture: Stacey is dancing with Aljaz on the Strictly tour © PA Wire/PA Images Stacey is dancing with Aljaz on the Strictly tour

Prior to joining ‘Strictly’, Stacey was best known for her hard-hitting documentaries, which tackled issues like terrorism, sex trafficking and the environment.

She has since been announced as the host of a rather different project, presenting new BBC Three show Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star. 

She recently hit back at the suggestion she had “sold out” after her Strictly win, writing on Twitter: “This is such a Stone Age assumption.

“You can care about human issues, the planet and also be into fashion. You can also take time out to look after yourself mentally.”

She continued: “For those tellin me ‘you’re suddenly doing ‘trivial’ work’... I’ve been filming stories covering rape, incest, drugs, murder and war for a decade. It’s a privilege to cover these issues, but I also need to take time out to enjoy the lighter side of life.

“Also. Dancers and make up artists are incredibly talented. I’m lucky to work alongside them. The idea that talent is exclusively measured on how academic or intellectual you are is SO ridiculous. Snobbery and judgement not really my thing.”

a person holding a microphone: 'Holby City' actor Joe was the dark horse of the competition, rising through the ranks as the weeks went on to triumph over Alexandra Burke, Debbie McGee and Gemma Atkinson in the 2017 final.

'Holby City' actor Joe was the dark horse of the competition, rising through the ranks as the weeks went on to triumph over Alexandra Burke, Debbie McGee and Gemma Atkinson in the 2017 final.

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