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.
“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 and accountant Stuart Wood look relaxed in each other’s company as Karen and Kevin are hit by marriage split rumours [Flynet]
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.
“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.”