KEVIN Clifton tried to deny his relationship with Stacey Dooley in March, saying he’d “never date a Strictly partner”.
The Sun on Sunday exclusively revealed how Stacey, 32, is secretly dating her Strictly pro partner Kevin — after dumping boyfriend of five years Sam Tucknott.
The documentary maker told Sam things didn’t become romantic with Kevin until after they had split up in the New Year.
But Kevin denied any kind of romance with his latest dance partner in an interview with The Sun in March.
Asked if any of his show partnerships has turned romantic, he responds categorically: “No, never. You’re there to do a job and get on with the dancing. That’s what it’s about.”
However, furious Sam, 30, discovered Stacey’s relationship with Kevin when he saw a giveaway text telling her: “I love you.”
He raged: “The blame is with Kevin. He’s an absolute rat.’’
Sam says he and the TV star had agreed to split and were clearing their flat when the message flashed up on her mobile.
He revealed: “I was getting my stuff to leave. Stacey was in the loo.
“Her phone went and it was Kevin Clifton — ‘I love you’ with a red love heart.
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“I grabbed the phone and confronted her. She said she’d tell me everything I needed to know.”
Sam says the couple rowed and left their Brighton flat separately.
Stacey then texted him at 8.33pm that day — April 1 — to explain she’d fallen for Kevin, who she won the last series with.
She wrote: “Sam, I know you hate me at the moment.
“But 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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