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Kara Tointon confirms split from boyfriend Artem Chigvintsev

Kara Tointon

has confirmed that she is

no longer in a relationship


Artem Chigvintsev

. The couple

started dating

after they were partnered together on

Strictly Come Dancing

in 2010. But this week, the actress revealed their romance has come to an end.

Kara Tointon © Photo: Getty Images
Kara Tointon has confirmed the end of her romance with Arten Chigvintsev


We are not together

," Kara, 31, told the


. "

We're fine, but we aren't a couple any more

. "The reason I haven't spoken about it is because I hate reading about myself in that way." It was first rumoured that the couple had gone their separate ways earlier this year after Kara was seen out and about without the Russian dancer – who is now starring on

Dancing with the Stars

in the US. The pair had found it

increasingly difficult to spend time together

, with Kara adding that 32-year-old Artem's visa meant he was

unable to stay in the UK permanently


Kara Tointon1 © Photo: Getty Images
The couple started dating after being partnered up on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010

Now Kara is focused on the future – in particular her

upcoming role

in the new series of

Mr Selfridge

. "I finished filming for the show last week," she said. "It comes out in January next year. "

I play the eldest daughter of Harry Selfridge

, her name is Rosalie. We're playing from 1919, so it’s all period, which is absolutely fascinating."

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