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Strictly's Karen Hauer goes Instagram official with new boyfriend after split from husband

The Strictly Come Dancing professional parted ways from husband Jordan Wyn-Jones in October

Karen Hauer and new boyfriend
Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
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Karen Hauer has started 2024 with a bang! The Strictly Come Dancing professional, who split from third husband Jordan Wyn-Jones in October, has gone Instagram official with her new love. 

Taking to her Instagram Stories on Monday, the 41-year-old shared a picture of herself with her new rugby player boyfriend Simon Davidson, 34. 

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The sportsman originally shared the snap on his grid alongside the caption: "Things can change in an instant [heart emoji]. Try to live in the moment you never know what may happen #love #2024 #live #38." 

Celebrity friends were quick to comment on the post, with Gemma Atkinson adding heart-eyes emojis. Strictly's Gorka Marquez teased: "Look at you two!! [heart-eyes emoji]." Karen's celebrity partner Eddie Kadi also put fire emojis underneath. 

Earlier this month, the new couple sparked romance rumours when they were spotted leaving a Birmingham hotel where Karen was staying during the Strictly tour. 

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The sighting came months after Karen's former husband, Jordan Wyn-Jones, confirmed that they had separated. The fitness instructor, whom Karen married in June 2022, spoke exclusively to the Mail on Sunday, saying: "Karen's dedicated to her career, which she has worked really hard for. She's amazing and I admire her for it. That's one of the reasons I wanted to marry her – because of how powerful she is."

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As well as Gemma and Gorka, there are several other loved-up couples who met during their time on Strictly

  • Janette Manrara and Aljaz Škorjanec met on Strictly in 2010, before marrying in 2017 and welcoming a baby, Lyra, in 2023.
  • Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev met during the 2013 series. They married in 2019 and have two children together.
  • Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg fell in love while competing in 2018. They live together in Brighton.
  • Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton met in 2018 and welcomed a baby girl, Minnie, in 2023.
  • Max George and Maisie Smith shared their Strictly experience together in 2020, but didn't announce their relationship until 2022.
  • Tyler West and Molly Rainford starred in the 2022 series together and have been going strong ever since!
  • Kai Widdrington and Nadiya Bychkova are both professionals on the show, and began dating in 2022.
  • Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen were partnered together on the show in 2013, confirming their romance in 2014. They share a daughter together, Mila, who was born in 2018.

In the interview, Jordan explained they decided to go their separate ways over their differing views on whether to start a family, with Jordan being keen to do so, while Karen was less certain. 

jordan and karen sitting outside © Instagram
Karen and Jordan parted ways last year

Speaking about the moment they decided to call it quits, Jordan said: "There were tears on both sides. A lot of tears and sadness. We didn't want to let go of each other but we're also not right for each other. 

"If we'd stayed together and we didn't have a family, I felt I would have ended up resenting her. This is the perfect moment for us to love each other and leave each other."

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