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Strictly Come Dancing: 7 relationships that didn't stand the test of time

These Strictly stars found love before calling it quits...

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Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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Strictly Come Dancing is known for its romances just as much as all the dazzling performances on the dancefloor, and while some stars become lifelong friends, other celebrities and their partners grow a lot closer. However, over the years, some of these well-publicised relationships have broken down and some couples have fallen victim to the infamous curse. Here at HELLO! we take a look at all the romances that blossomed and then sadly ended...

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Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer

Kevin and Karen, both professional dancers on the show, announced their split back in March 2018. In an exclusive interview with HELLO!, Kevin said: "It was important to be honest about everything. "I think there is a lot of pressure on people to be perfect all the time, and so there is this fairytale image of everything, but at the end of the day we are just like other people." 

Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer at the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 Red Carpet Launch© Getty
Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer were married from 2015 to 2018

Karen went on to marry Jordan Wyn-Jones in June 2022, although the couple have reportedly separated.  Meanwhile Kevin is now in a relationship with Stacey Dooley, with whom he shares baby daughter, Minnie. 

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice

Georgia was in a relationship with her Coronation Street co-star Sean Ward before starting a new relationship with her Strictly dance partner Giovanni in 2015. Speaking about their relationship, she previously told the Daily Mail: "Gio is everything to me. I'm 100 per cent happy with Gio. He's smitten and I'm the same. We trust each other. We fell in love as friends before anything happened." 

Giovanni Pernice and Georgia May Foote at an ITV red carpet event© Getty
Giovanni Pernice and Georgia May Foote started dating in 2015 before calling it quits in 2016

Their relationship ended in 2016, and Georgia posted a statement which read: "It is with great sadness we have decided to split up. There is nobody else involved. Although it was not an easy decision to make, sometimes you realise that it is better to be friends and this is one of these times."

Katya and Neil Jones

In August last year, Katya and Neil Jones shocked fans after revealing their decision to separate after 11 years together. In a joint statement posted on both of their Instagram accounts, they said at the time: "Hi everyone. As our fans and loyal supporters you are really important to us and so we wanted to let you know some news.

Katya and Neil Jones on the red carpet for the NTA's © Shutterstock
Katya and Neil Jones have remained friends following their divorce

"After 11 years, we have made the mutual decision to separate. We will always love each other, just in a different way as friends. This will never change what a great team we make and we are really proud of everything we have achieved together."

The message continued: "Our shared love of dance means we will keep working and dancing together as well as exploring individual projects. No matter what we do we will always support and respect each other." The pair continue to be the best of friends and often feature in each other's social media. 

Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone

Flavia and Vincent initially joined Strictly as a couple who had lived and danced together for 11 years. When they broke up, the Italian-born professional dancer began seeing former EastEnders actor Matt Di Angelo. Vincent was distraught even though they were already separated. He hadn't seen it coming because of Matt's youth - the actor was 20 at the time - and took time to move on. "This one is a baby," Vincent reflected at the time. "He's not Flavia's type."

Professional dancers Flavia and Vincent at a Strictly event© Shutterstock
Professional dancers Flavia and Vincent split in 2007

Vincent and Flavia met when they were teenagers, were professional dance partners for 13 years and had lived together for 11 years. Matt and Flavia went on to date for three years before their romance ended in 2010, and a few weeks later the dancer revealed she was dating her latest celebrity dance partner, actor Jimi Mistry - whom she is now married to.

Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev

The sizzling chemistry between Kara Tointon and virile Russian dancer Artem Chigvintsev led to them lifting the glitterball trophy in 2010. Shortly after their win, they moved in together but had parted ways in 2014. "We are not together," Kara told the Telegraph at the time. She went on: "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."

Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev during the Strictly tour © Getty
Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev took home the glitterball before splitting in 2014

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Brian Fortuna and Ali Bastian

Brian formed an intense bond when he was partnered with actress Ali in 2009. When Ali was voted off the show, she said: "Thank you so much to Brian, you made this season so special." She went on to describe him as "a real gentleman who puts me at ease and made me laugh within five minutes."

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Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna dated for a year

For his part, he told HELLO! that he'd introduced her to his parents while still on the show. Unfortunately, after a year, the relationship fizzled out. Ali has since found love with David O'Mahony, who she married in March 2019, and they've gone on to welcome two daughters. 

Kristina Rihanoff and Joe Calzaghe

One week into his stint on Strictly, former boxer Joe ended his long-term relationship with his girlfriend Jo-Emma Larvin. He soon started dating his professional partner Kristina. 

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Kristina Rihanoff and Joe Calzaghe dated during his time on the show

The couple dated until 2013 before Kristina embarked on a relationship with her 2013 celebrity dance partner Ben Cohen. A few months after completing the show, Ben announced his split from his wife of 11 years, Abby Cohen. Ben and Kristina confirmed their relationship a year later.

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