Inside Kevin Clifton’s three failed marriages as he’s branded a Strictly ‘snake’

With his innocent looks and inoffensive charm, Kevin Clifton has long been one of the favourite pros on Strictly Come Dancing .

However, this weekend the ex-boyfriend of his latest show partner, Stacey Dooley, accused Kevin, 36, of stealing the BBC documentary maker from under his nose.

According to Sam Tucknott, 30, Kevin was all matey banter to begin with, but quickly cooled because he "started fancying" Stacey, 32.

"I just know that he is a slippery snake – a proper rat. My anger is with Kevin. It's more like Strictly Come dating – year in, year out," he raged to the Daily Mail.

The Strictly cast and crew are said to have also been 'upset' over suspicions that Stacey and Kevin were growing closer during the January tour.

After all, Kevin only split from fellow Strictly pro Karen Clifton in March 2018, and Sam had been a regular at the BBC studio, cheering Stacey on from the sidelines.

But viewers might be surprised to know that Karen wasn't Kevin's first wife. Despite being only 36, he's actually been married three times.

Kevin, who has had a turbulent love life, first got hitched to amateur Latin world champion Anna Melnikova when he was just 20-years-old. The pair were dance partners from 2002 to 2006 and tied the knot in 2003.

However, Kevin claimed they split after he "fell out of love" with dancing when they were advised to stump up £10,000 to 'guarantee'  a world champion title win.

"I just felt somewhere it had all gone wrong. My parents believed we could win without it, but I wanted to walk away from the whole thing," he once said.

"I fell out of love with it. My wife divorced me because it was her life. I fell into depression because everything I'd put my life into had burst apart."

Kevin didn't stay heartbroken for long and married trained ballet dancer Clare Craze in 2007 after meeting in a London salsa bar.

They both starred in dance show Burn The Floor in 2009, where he met Karen Hauer, who would go on to become the next Mrs Clifton.

He and Clare split in 2010 and he told an interviewer he got with Karen in 2011 .

"I was never particularly happy in my previous marriage," he said at the time.

"I wasn't myself – a lot of friends and family were telling me that. It was just a bit of a weird time. When I met Karen, I could get on with her on a completely different level."

Clare clearly didn't agree and posted on social media: "Everything in me wants to scream from the rooftops what the actual truth is." 

Their divorce was finalised in 2013, with Kevin later confessing: "It didn’t work out."

He added: "It was part of my rebellion and we drifted apart."

Kevin then got married to Karen in 2015 after getting down on one knee to propose on her birthday on stage during a performance on Burn the Floor.

The pair called an end to their marriage last March after both denying infidelity rumours and have continued to perform on the show.

Kevin also found himself at the centre of the Strictly 'curse' twice, with two of his partners leaving long-term relationships after dancing alongside him.

Back in 2013, Kev was partnered with Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid, 48, who saw her 15-year relationship with partner Dominic Cotton collapse just weeks after becoming a runner up on the show.

Mum-of-three Susanna announced the end of her romance in 2014 (with Strictly being parly blamed) – while three years later Kevin was paired with another future Strictly Curse victim.

In 2016, he danced with Eternal singer Louise Redknapp – who went on to split form and eventually file for divorce from her footballer husband Jamie after 19 years of marriage.

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