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Strictly's Karen Clifton drops ex Kevin's surname following their separation

They split last year

Karen Clifton has officially changed her surname back to Hauer, following her split from former husband Kevin Clifton.

The Strictly Come Dancing professional made the big change by going back to her previous last name on social media.

The 37-year-old is now using the handle @karenhauer on Twitter and Instagram.

Karen's Instagram name has changed from Clifton to Hauer (Credit: @karenhauer Instagram)

It comes over a year after her split from her Strictly co-star. They confirmed their separation in March 2018, after three years of marriage.

Karen kept the Hauer surname after divorcing her first husband, Matthew Hauer, in 2009.

They broke up last year (Credit: ITV)

Karen's big change comes as she and Kevin, 36, have both moved on in new relationships.

Karen is currently dating classical singer David Webb. The couple got together last year.

Karen and David with her beloved dogs (Credit: @karenhauer Instagram)

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Meanwhile, Kevin is now with his last Strictly dance partner, journalist Stacey Dooley.

They hinted at their romance on Instagram after they won the show last December.

Stacey and Kevin were partnered on Strictly last year (Credit: BBC)

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I have a lot of love for Kevin and respect for him.

Karen has said she still has a lot of love and respect for ex-husband Kevin.

She told Hello! magazine last December: "Kevin and I went through a lot this year, but the fact is we are supportive and stay positive and can be kind to one another, despite what people probably wanted.

"They most likely couldn't believe that we would still be really good friends and wish the best for each other. I have a lot of love for Kevin and respect for him."

Kevin has revealed he feels the same way about Karen.

During an interview on Lorraine this March, he said: "We're really good friends, I think because we've still been dancing together."

Kevin spoke about his ex on Lorraine earlier this year (Credit: ITV)

He added: "You're always going to have love for each other and have respect."

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