Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Clifton breaks silence over marriage concerns as she admits relationship 'takes work' – days before being pictured with Stuart Wood

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Karen Clifton and Kevin Clifton attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing 2017' red carpet launch at Broadcasting House on August 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)Karen and Kevin Clifton have faced rumours their marriage is on the rocks [Getty]

Days before being pictured out and about with accountant Stuart Wood, Karen Clifton opened up about her relationship with Kevin, whom she has been with for a total of seven years.

At the OK! Beauty Awards, she told The Sun Online: “We’re a regular couple, we’ve been together for seven years, and like any other relationship, you have ups and downs.”

She added: “Nothing is perfect… We just need to keep pushing and relationships take work.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Karen Hauer and Kevin Clifton attend the red carpet launch for "Strictly Come Dancing" at Elstree Studios on September 3, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)Karen and Kevin are rumoured to have separated [Getty]

“It’s not as easy as you think, especially being in a job like Strictly.”

Karen continued: “We’re not a superhuman couple, we’re normal, so when things happen, we fight.”

The Strictly Come Dancing professional’s admission came just days before she was pictured strolling around Primrose Hill with accountant Stuart.

Karen Clifton, revealed Strictly Come Dancing 2017 will feel 'brand new'Karen Clifton opened up about her marriage before being pictured with Stuart Wood[Wenn]

The duo appeared to be in high spirits as they walked side by side, with Karen smiling as she chatted to Stuart.

Karen and husband Kevin have been married for two years, but recent reports claim the pair are separating after a total of seven years together.

An insider told the MailOnline: “Poor Kevin is heartbroken. It’s making it very difficult at Strictly as all the dancers knew but Kevin did not want to accept that his marriage is over. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Karen and Kevin Clifton attend the Inside Soap Awards at DSKTRT on October 5, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)Karen and Kevin have been together for seven years [Getty]

“But sadly the writing is on the wall.”

Karen is said to have introduced Stuart to friends, with a source telling The Sun after they were spotted out together: “Karen and her new bloke certainly didn’t seem to be hiding anything. They were out together with friends and looked relaxed and happy.”

“But there was no hiding in corners or avoiding being spotted. They didn’t seem worried at all about the controversy about being seen together.”

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