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Kevin Clifton pays gushing tribute to rumoured girlfriend Stacey Dooley

He's not yet confirmed the relationship

Kevin Clifton has paid a gushing tribute to his rumoured girlfriend Stacey Dooley.

The 36-year-old Strictly Come Dancing pro – who was partnered with Stacey during the show in 2018 – has admitted to recently enduring a turbulent period in his personal life.

He has also thanked Stacey for helping him to realise his ambition of winning the BBC show.

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Kevin has thanked Stacey (Credit: BBC)

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Kevin – who split with wife Karen Clifton in March last year – told the Daily Mirror newspaper during the first night of the Strictly tour: “In the last couple of years I’ve seen massive upheaval in my personal life and it hasn’t always been easy.

Karen and Kevin Clifton at the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 Launch
Kevin has split from third wife Karen (Credit: Splash)

“There have been a lot of things thrown at me. At times I’ve struggled.

“And the times I’ve struggled and I was in a bit of a rut I didn’t know what to do.”

Kevin also admitted it’s been tough dealing with personal troubles while living his life in the spotlight.

What’s more, he described his Strictly triumph alongside Stacey as a “miracle”.

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Kevin admits he’s struggled (Credit: Wenn)

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He said: “It gets difficult and I’m not the best at dealing with it.

“But at that point Burn the Floor stepped in again and the producers gave me a call and said, ‘Why don’t you come home?’ So it felt right and I came home.

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Stacey and Kevin are Strictly champs (Credit: BBC)

“And thanks to Miss Stacey Dooley, I can finally say I’m the Strictly champion after six years of trying. It’s a miracle.”

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