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Kevin Clifton dotes on daughter Minnie, one, in adorable new video

The former Strictly star shares his little girl with long-time partner Stacey Dooley

Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley on This Morning
Diane Shipley
Senior Online Writer
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Busy dad Kevin Clifton recently spoke about the 'best year' of his life in a sweet tribute to his family. He had even more to celebrate on Wednesday, as he marked his daughter Minnie's first birthday with a video that melted fans' hearts. The ex-Strictly dancer took to Instagram, where he posted a moment that saw the talented star and his little girl enjoying their celebration, as you can see in the clip below… 

WATCH: Kevin Clifton delights fans with birthday video of daughter Minnie, one

Kevin added a cake emoji as he captioned the video: "My baby girl’s 1st birthday!!!!" His famous friends were quick to share their approval, with former It Takes Two host Zoe Ball commenting: "Happy Birthday Minnie! love to you 3 xxxx." "Happy birthday Minnie [heart-eyes emojis], added Strictly dancer Graziano di Prima, to which Kevin responded with a red heart emoji. 

The devoted dad's other followers also enthused over his post, with one writing: "Happy birthday Minnie… hope you guys have the best day celebrating," and another adding: "Happy Birthday to her, I hope she, you and Stacey have a lovely day." 

Kevin Clifton in a black jumper and Stacey Dooley in a white jumper© Dan Wooller/Shutterstock
Kevin and Stacey welcomed Minnie last January

The dancer and his partner met when they were paired r on the BBC dance competition in 2018, when they danced to victory and fell in love. Stacey also marked Minnie's special occasion on Instagram as she shared a breastfeeding photo alongside her heartfelt message about their little girl. 

Alongside the picture, which showed the broadcaster breastfeeding her daughter soon after her birth, Stacey added the caption: "My GOD I'm feeling SO sentimental this morning," followed by a string of crying emojis. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOML [love of my life]," she went on. 

mother holding baby outside © Instagram
They're both such doting parents

The happy couple announced their daughter's birth last January when they shared a photo of a white envelope with the words "Minnie's parents" written across it. A week later, Kevin sweetly took to X, then known as Twitter, to share a simple message of love with his fans as he just posted "Minnie," followed by a red heart. 

In the time since, he has reflected on his experience of becoming a father, including opening up about turning down work to spend time with his partner and daughter. 

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton © Getty
The dancer took time off work to be with his family

In an interview with The Mirror last summer, he shared: "For the rest of this year I've decided I'm going to take a break from all performing work and just to be a dad. I just don't want to miss any of Minnie." Stacey is equally besotted, telling HELLO! about how her life has changed since becoming a mother.

Strictly stars and their children

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez sit on the sofa with the children
Gorka Marquez, Gemma Atkinson and their children
  • Strictly pro Gorka Marquez and former Strictly contestant Gemma Atkinson share two children, Mia, four, and baby Thiago. 
  • Strictly: It Takes Two host Janette Manrara and her dancer husband Aljaz Skorjanec are parents to baby girl Lyra.
  • Strictly winners Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley welcomed baby Minnie in January 2023.
  • Former Strictly pros James and Ola Jordan share a daughter, three-year-old Ella.
  • Former pro Pasha Kovalev and Rachel Riley share two daughters, Maven, three, and Noa, one.
  • Strictly judge and ex-pro Anton du Beke and his wife Hannah share adorable six-year-old twins George and Henrietta.
  • Former Strictly star Artem Chigvintsev and Nikki Bella became parents to son Matteo in July 2000.
  • Professional dancer Natalie Lowe and her husband James Knibbs welcomed their son Jack in December 2020. 
  • Ben Cohen and former Strictly dancer Kristina Rihanoff met in series 11 and now share a six-year-old daughter, Milena.
  • Ex-Strictly pro Brendan Cole and his wife Zoe Hobbs are parents to Aurelia, age 10, and Dante, five.

In an exclusive interview, the author and mental health advocate opened up: "It's hard not to slip into clichés when I'm asked this but honestly becoming a mum has changed me entirely. Every stage is a surprise! The emotions are completely overwhelming," she told us.

Stacey Dooley holding Minnie © Instagram
Stacey shared how Minnie changed her life

"I'm obsessed! My priorities have shifted massively. My daughter is the love of my life… So cheesy but so true!" The 36-year-old also revealed that she has discovered a newfound respect for her mum, Di, who raised Stacey as a single parent. "My mum was a single parent before meeting my stepdad and I just have no idea how single parents do it. Actual heroes, honestly", she said.

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