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Strictly Come Dancing might be off the air but the drama keeps on giving.

It came as a huge surprise to many (and some, not) when the 2018 winner Stacey Dooley's boyfriend Sam Tucknott announced to the world that Stace had dumped him for her dance partner Kevin Clifton.

While many had speculated while they were on the show that Kevin had become fond of Stacey, it seemed like she was happy in her relationship with Sam.

The pair had been together five years and lived in their Brighton home – however, Sam has revealed that he knew something was off towards the latter part of the dance contest.

Sam told The Sun that before Christmas Stacey had joined Kevin for an evening out rather than him and that Christmas Day was strained and tense.

The pair agreed to call it a day in March but Sam saw a message from Kevin on Stacey's phone that showed that they were in a romantic relationship.

It read, ''I love you'' followed by a love heart.

Stacey reportedly told Sam, ''You saw I didn’t start entertaining and texting him (Kevin) until I split up with you. I was not with you when we started it all. I did fall for him but when we were done. I will tell you anything you want to know.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Now the 32-year-old investigative journalist has taken to social media to set the record straight.

She wrote, ''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.''

She continued, ''Re Sam, I loved him v much and only wish him happiness and success going forward."

Kevin has yet to comment on the situation but with this being the 15th couple to fall foul of the show’s curse, it looks like Strictly is getting a bigger reputation as a sort of celebrity Tinder rather than a dance competition. 

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Over the last couple of weeks, rumours around Joe and Dianne being a couple were swirling.

The looks of love were hard to hide between the dancing duo, and the public LOVED the idea of them being together.  

Although they didn't claim the top spot – they did take most of the attention after the Strictly final.

Somewhat overshadowing the winners, Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton was confirmation that Joe and Dianne were, in fact, a couple.

To the nation's delight, our underdog hadn't walked away from the competition empty-handed.

He mightn't have claimed the trophy but Joe did find love.

But could he have waited at least a week to give everyone the much-needed nod that they had fallen for each other? – Yes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It would have given Stacey her time to truly shine and full attention would have remained on her.

Don't get me wrong, I am delighted that Joe and Dianne are a couple.

They look so natural around each other that it was almost expected by 90 percent of the audience.

Just the timing of the announcement could have been made public down the line.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Joe took to Instagram and posted a sweet picture of the pair, confirming their romance.

He adorably wrote: "I may not have won the glitter ball, but I’ve won something a million times more special."

I must admit that he's an actual dote and they're a lovely couple.

Just in hindsight they might regret confirming their news so soon after Stacey's win. 

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After weeks of tough competition, TV presenter Stacey Dooley has been crowned the winner of this year's Strictly.. 

The 31-year-old was paired ujp with partner Kevin Clifton to take home the prize. 

The broadcaster took to Instagram this morning to thank her fans for all their support throughout the competition. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'A sincere thank you to every single person who has voted and been so lovely, she wrote.

She also took thew time to pay homage to her dance partner, saying: 'So made up.' 

'King Kev. You’re a champ….(officially now).'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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During the win, Stacey also gave credit to her amazing dance partner.

'I should say something quite poignant, shouldn't I? You know how highly I think of you. I think you are the biggest gem,' she gushed.

'It's no surprise you have been in the final as many times as you have. It's daunting doing something you haven't done before.'

'But he's so patient and he walks you through. You so deserve this. You so deserve this.' 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kevin also penned an Instagram post following their big win. 

'We’ve only gone and done it!!!!! THANK YOU to everyone who voted! I can’t actually put it in to words right now… but First and most importantly I want to congratulate the superstar that is @sjdooley I am so proud of you!!!'

That's it for another year, folks.

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Strictly will be on our screens in the next week and the excitement for it's return is really ramping up. 

Pro-dancer favourite Kevin ''from Grimsby'' Clifton has announced that he is taking on a new venture.

Any guesses as to what it is?

Kev is planning on launching a Strictly podcast – well, if his fans are interested, that is!

It was during a live broadcast that he let slip that he is really into podcasts, especially football ones. 

He then asked for help in naming the podcast – so keeps your ears out for that. 

In other Strictly news, Kevin has been defending the BBC's choice to sign up YouTuber Joe Sugg as a contestant for this year.  

There were many disgruntled people complaining that Joe wasn't famous enough to earn a place on the hit show.

Kevin stepped in to back the Internet sensation, who has 8.2 million subscribers on his video channel.

 

Congrats @iamashleyroberts @bbcstrictly

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"Why do they have to be on TV a lot to be well known. And YouTube is TV. Just a different screen. He will bring in new viewers that never would watch Strictly and would have no idea who any of us ballroom dancers are…" he said.

There was also people commenting on the fact that some contestants already have previous dance experience.

When contestant Ashley Roberts – a Pussycat Dolls singer, dancer and choreographer, was added to the line-up, Kevin responded with, ''there's always some with dance experience. She will be learning ballroom for the first time. I suck at tap for example. Also @bbcstrictly leaves it to the voter. You vote for your favourite, doesn't have to be the best dancer by the judges." 

Go Kevin, you were always our fave. 

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