Strictly winner Stacey Dooley has allegedly been encouraged to stay away from rumoured love Kevin Clifton for the sake of her career.
Rumours have been swirling for the last week that Stacey was hit with the ‘Strictly curse’ and dated her dance partner Kevin Clifton after ending her relationship with boyfriend Sam Tucknott.
And now a report in The Sun says her friends and management team are keen for her to distance herself from Kevin.
A source told the tabloid: “Stacey has plenty of work on at the moment and her agents don’t want that to be affected in the wake of the scandal.
“They’ve quietly suggested that the recent stories could be bad for her image and hope that she will listen to the advice.
“Stacey does what she wants at the end of the day but they think it’s best if she keeps a low profile and that means staying away from Kevin for now.”
The romance rumours surfaced when Stacey’s now ex-boyfriend Sam gave an interview with The Sun.
The personal trainer claims that after he and Stacey broke up, he found a text message from Kevin to Stacey that said “I love you” while he cleared his things from their flat.
In the same interview he called Kevin a “rat” and a “snake” and accused Strictly Come Dancing of being a “sleazy” show.
Stacey and Sam were in a relationship for three years, and Sam claims he was planning on proposing to the Strictly champion.
Stacey has addressed the alleged scandal on Twitter by claiming that there are “2 sides to every story” and that she loved Sam “v much and only wish him happiness and success going forward”.
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.
— Stacey Dooley (@StaceyDooley) April 15, 2019
Kevin has yet to address the allegations.
Entertainment Daily has contacted Stacey and Kevin’s management teams for comment.
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