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What is the Strictly Come Dancing curse? From Ben Cohen and Louise Redknapp to Kevin and Karen Clifton

What is the Strictly Come Dancing curse? From Ben Cohen and Louise Redknapp to Kevin and Karen Clifton

BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing is a lot beloved by each viewers and superstar contestants, however with it comes its notorious “curse”.

Whether or not it is break-ups or make-ups, divorce or engagements, the present has seen all of them – this is all you want to find out about the curse, and those that have fallen sufferer to it…


The Strictly Curse has claimed many victims

What is the Strictly curse?

The ‘curse’ is a phenomenon that hits celebrities and their dance companions throughout their time on Strictly Come Dancing.

Due to the harsh schedules, attractive dance strikes and shut quarters with their companions, their off-screen romances typically endure in consequence.

Strictly turned often known as cursed after a collection of very public breakups from their individuals, and ever since extra and extra fan favourites have succumbed to the ‘curse’.

Over the course of fifteen collection of the BBC favorite, almost a dozen couples have cut up up thanks to their time on the present.

Who has fallen sufferer to the Strictly curse up to now?

Listed here are an inventory of celebrities and dancers who’ve appeared on the present and cut up with a beloved one shortly after…

Karen and Kevin Clifton

 Kevin and Karen are still very close and are touring together

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Kevin and Karen are nonetheless very shut and are touring collectively

Karen Clifton is stated to be courting an accountant as her marriage to fellow dancer Kevin hits the rocks.

Karen, 35, and Stuart Wooden have been seen out collectively numerous occasions and he has been noticed leaving her house.

The Solar informed in November 2017 how Kevin and Karen, who’ve been married two years, have been having issues. A present supply stated: “Kevin has spoken to some of those close to him and admitted things aren’t going well between them at the minute.”

Kevin touched on the difficulties they have been dealing with when he stated: “Strictly’s a tough few weeks for everybody.

“Karen and I have found this year’s particularly hard as we’ve been in different places since the start — her in Manchester and London and me in Glasgow.”

Insiders at the Strictly Come Dancing studio stated the pair have been barely speaking between dance numbers. On stated: “It was very awkward. Karen and Kevin were paired for most of the group dances but once the cameras stopped they were at opposite ends of the room.”

Regardless of the cut up rumours, at the finish of January 2018, Karen insisted she and Kevin are comfortable collectively.

Karen stated: “Kevin and I begin our personal tour in Might which we’re actually wanting ahead to.

“We are really excited and we are creating right now and just talking through everything.”

“We are in an amazing family show on Strictly and at the end of the day we love what we do.”

Addressing all the hypothesis surrounding their relationship, she added: “People are going to be interested but at the end of the day we are happy.”

They’re due to embark on their very own 44-date UK tour in Might.

Additionally they revealed they’ll each seem on the subsequent collection of Strictly regardless of the cut up.

Louise Redknapp (cut up from husband Jamie Redknapp)

 Louise Redknapp is the latest star to be associated with the Strictly curse

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Louise Redknapp is the newest star to be related to the Strictly curse

Louise Redknapp’s marriage ended up ‘under strain’ following her look on the present.

The mum of two, who was runner-up in the 2016 collection, was stated to be desperately making an attempt to save her 18-year marriage to Jamie Redknapp.

On 2 December 2017 The Solar solely revealed that Jamie and Louise Redknapp are to divorce.

The pair realised they might not save their 18-year marriage after spending a lot time aside in the previous yr.

The Strictly star and the footie pundit, 44, have barely seen one another since, as she tries to carve out a stage profession.

A supply shut to the former Strictly runner-up stated: “They’ve come to a mutual settlement that divorce is the solely choice.

“Louise has filed the paperwork and there’s no going back.”

On 29 December 2017, the pair have been granted a quickie divorce in simply 20 seconds at London’s Household Courtroom after 19 years of marriage.

The couple are anticipated to attain amicable phrases on custody of sons Charley, 13, and Beau, 9.

Joanne Clifton (cut up with boyfriend Joe Edward-Bader)

 Joanne won the show with partner Ore Oduba

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Joanne gained the present with associate Ore Oduba

The Solar solely revealed in February 2017 that Strictly skilled Joanne Clifton had cut up from companion Joe Edward-Bader.

The cut up got here simply weeks after she beat her brother Kevin Clifton and lifted the Glitterball trophy with dance companion Ore.

Joanne and Joe reportedly referred to themselves as “the Two Jos” and have been planning a long-term future after assembly on the musical, Norma Jeane.

Information broke of the cut up after Joanne tweeted an image of a person pointing a gun at a cupid with the caption “#goaway” on Valentine’s Day.

It is not recognized what triggered them to break up, however it is believed there was no one else concerned.

Daisy Lowe (cut up from boyfriend Bradley ‘Frankie’ Wade)

 There is no suggestion Daisy Lowe's dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec is involved in her split

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There is no suggestion Daisy Lowe’s dance companion Aljaz Skorjanec is concerned in her cut up

Daisy Lowe turned the first sufferer of the Strictly curse in 2016 after splitting with boyfriend Bradley ‘Frankie’ Wade.

A supply shut to the mannequin revealed that Daisy and Bradley struggled to discover sufficient time to spend collectively and after a dialogue determined they might be higher off as pals.

Daisy had been courting Bradley for 5 months however the strain of Daisy’s additional coaching put an excessive amount of pressure on the relationship.

The mannequin was partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec, and the pair have been seen turning into shut pals on and off the present, alongside his fiance, fellow Strictly skilled Janette Manrara.

Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole (each cut up with their companions to get collectively)

 Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole were the first victims


Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole have been the first victims

Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole have turn into often known as the first to fall sufferer to the curse in 2004.

The newsreader and her skilled dance companion have been each in relationships at the time – Natasha with Mike Barnard and Brendan with fellow Strictly skilled Camilla Dallerup.

Nevertheless, the two had an affair whereas on the present and later obtained collectively after leaving their companions for one another.

They later cut up up and Brendan went on to marry British mannequin, Zoe Hobbs, and the couple welcomed their second baby collectively in 2018.

Ben Cohen (acquired collectively together with his dance companion Kristine Rihanoff after splitting from spouse) 

 Ben was married when he was paired up with Kristina

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Ben was married when he was paired up with Kristina

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff have been partnered collectively in the eleventh collection of the present in 2013.

Shortly after he completed his time on the present, he introduced he was splitting from his spouse of 11 years, Abby Blayney.

Kristina and Ben later introduced that they have been now in a relationship, and in June 2016 the couple had a child daughter, named Milena.

Joe Calzaghe (cut up with girlfriend to date Kristina Rihanoff) 

 Kristina was with Joe before Ben


Kristina was with Joe earlier than Ben

Getting along with Ben wasn’t the first time Kristina began a relationship with somebody she was partnered with on the present.

Boxing champ Joe Calzaghe began seeing the petite blonde after splitting with girlfriend Jo-Emma Larvin in 2009.

However the couple have been executed by 2013, with the dancer claiming Joe “found it difficult when I danced with other men”.

Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace (Flavia cut up from boyfriend to be with Matt) 

 Matt and Flavia paired up in 2007


Matt and Flavia paired up in 2007

One other dancer who is isn’t shy of extending her dance associate relationship out of the studio is Flavia Cacace.

She acquired with Matt Di Angelo in 2007, simply after the present ended.

She dumped her fellow skilled dance companion and boyfriend Vincent Simone for the EastEnders actor.

Nevertheless, the pair cut up in 2010, and it was revealed Flavia was courting one other movie star contestant a couple of weeks later… Jimi Mistry.

Jimi Mistry (received along with Flavia whereas she was nonetheless courting Matt) 

 Shortly after she ended things she began a relationship with her new dance partner, Jimi Mistry


Shortly after she ended issues she started a relationship together with her new dance companion, Jimi Mistry

When Flavia and Jimi have been partnered collectively in 2010, she was nonetheless with Matt.

Nevertheless, simply weeks after saying her cut up from the cleaning soap star, the skilled dancer acquired along with the Coronation Road star.

The couple are nonetheless collectively and have been married in December 2013.

Rachel Riley (cut up with husband and began courting companion Pasha)

 Countdown star Rachel ended her marriage and got with her dance partner Pasha not long afterwards

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Countdown star Rachel ended her marriage and acquired together with her dance associate Pasha not lengthy afterwards

Countdown star Rachel Riley cut up from her millionaire husband of 15 months Jamie Gilbert – simply after her stint on Strictly in 2013.

At the time, Rachel insisted her skilled dance associate Pasha Kovalev was not the cause behind the cut up.

Nevertheless, the pair later confirmed their relationship in 2014.

4 years later and the couple are nonetheless collectively.

Georgia Might Foote (cut up with boyfriend and dated associate Giovanni Pernice)

 Georgia May tried to keep her romance to Giovanni a secret

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Georgia Might tried to hold her romance to Giovanni a secret

Georgia was courting her former Corrie co-star Sean Ward when she took half in Strictly Come Dancing 2015.

However after coming runner-up in the remaining with Giovanni, the couple cut up.
Giovanni and Georgia have been then noticed “openly kissing” on a romantic journey to Disneyland Paris, and holding palms in footage obtained by The Solar.

Regardless of their blooming romance, the pair persistently denied they have been a pair all through the competitors.

Nevertheless, shortly earlier than the begin of coaching for Strictly 2016, they referred to as time on their relationship, blaming their busy schedules.

In a candy assertion launched on her Twitter, former Corrie star Georgia stated that the pair cut up amicably and want one another properly in the future.

 2016's all-star line-up

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2016’s all-star line-up

How can Strictly contestants keep away from the dreaded curse?

The Solar revealed that contestants and new dancers have been receiving relationship recommendation on final yr’s present in a bid to beat the curse.

BBC bosses have beforehand warned these participating about the pressure family members endure after spending a lot time with their dance companion.

They have been additionally suggested of the risks of beginning coaching whereas having relationship difficulties and advised about earlier movie star victims whose messy splits exploded throughout the competitors.

An insider stated: “The curse bobs its head yearly and the new individuals participating have to be warned about it.

“It’s a full-on, intense show that puts strains on people’s relationships. They don’t understand what it’s like until it’s a couple of weeks in and it’s too late.”

Former Strictly stars James and Ola Jordan stated the present curse might strike anybody as “four months is a long time rubbing up and down each other”.

Louise Redknapp’s husband Jamie ditches his wedding ceremony ring

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