Strictly’s Karen and Kevin Clifton make a BIG statement amid those ‘divorce’ rumours…

What does this mean for the couple?

They might have been at the centre of split rumours for months but Karen and Kevin Clifton have just sent out a pretty big statement at a starry event.

The Strictly Come Dancing couple put on a united front as they attended a do honouring the late Bruce Forsyth at the London Palladium on Wednesday night, where they smiled as they posed for photos with their arms around each other.

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At one point Karen, 35, was seen holding onto Kevin’s arm whilst they walked near fellow Strictly star Giovanni Pernice.

The duo have also remained defiant on social media, with both sharing a short video on Wednesday of them dancing together ahead of their upcoming tour.

In the footage Karen beams as she spins and lands into Kevin’s arms.

The dancer shared a quick clip with Kevin, 35, on Instagram Stories too where she explained that they ‘can’t wait’ for fans to see what they’ve been working on.

Kevin remained silent in the video but smiled and gave a thumbs-up to the camera.

Fans have voiced their excitement at seeing the couple together, with one commenting on Instagram: ‘so happy to see you both together again please don’t spit up’

Another referenced the ongoing split rumours by adding: ‘It must b tough for both of you but keep going’

It comes after reports emerged earlier this month claiming that Karen and Kevin could be heading for divorce following months of speculation about their relationship.

A source told The Sun: ‘Karen is extremely upset about the whole situation and is really struggling to accept that everything is over.

‘She has been pleading with Kevin to give things another go but he’s made it clear that he’s not interested and doesn’t want them to patch things up.’

However, just last month Karen insisted that the pair are ‘happy’ despite the rumours.

‘We are in an amazing family show on Strictly and at the end of the day we love what we do,’ she told the Sunday Mirror’s Talk TV. ‘People are going to be interested but at the end of the day we are happy.’

Fingers crossed everything is okay between these two!

Brendan Cole’s decision to break protocol and ask Duchess Of Cornwall to dance left BBC ‘outraged’

Brendan Cole's decision to ask Duchess Of Cornwall to dance left BBC 'outraged
Brendan broke carefully planned protocol (Picture: PA)

Brendan Cole’s decision to break protocol and ask the Duchess of Cornwall to dance during filming of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special was reportedly ‘the last straw’ for BBC bosses.

Brendan confirmed in January that his contract with the BBC show had not been renewed after 14 years; he appeared close to tears on ITV show Lorraine after revealing the news.

But now a source close to Strictly has claimed that Brendan’s decision to beeline for Camilla at the event left everyone ‘outraged’, especially judge Craig Revel-Horwood who’s friendship with the Duchess had helped the BBC to land her for the episode.

Brendan Cole's decision to ask Duchess Of Cornwall to dance left BBC 'outraged
‘Everyone was outraged by the cheek of his actions’ (Picture: PA)

‘Brendan being Brendan had to make it about him and ignored everyone and made a beeline for Camilla — who politely didn’t cause a scene,’ said the source.

‘Everyone was outraged by the cheek of his actions, he always has to be centre of att­ention.’

Speaking to The Sun, the source added that Craig in particular ‘was still very angry about what had happened’.

‘He couldn’t believe Brendan would do that after so much careful planning and discussion,’ they alleged.

After the dance Brendan shared a snap on Instagram of her dancing with 70-year-old Camilla: ‘I love this. I asked the delightful Duchess of Cornwall if it was ok to ask her to dance? Luckily she said yes. What a charming host and wonderful day.’

The BBC told Metro.co.uk they had no comment to add to the reports.

The 41-year-old New Zealand born dancer, who has been a part of the series since it began in 2004, revealed the news on Lorraine, saying an ‘editorial decision’ had been made that he would not be back for the next series.

He appeared close to tears as he made his announcement, admitting that it had not been his decision to leave.

‘This is quite hard to talk about,’ he said. ‘The BBC haven’t renewed my contract – we get renewed year on year – and they made an editorial decision not to have me back on the show.

‘I’ve had 15 incredible series on the show – they’re a great team and it’s still a bit hard to talk about. I’ve always known this day would come.’

He added: ‘I’ve always said as long as I’ve got a passion for it I want to be there, and my passion is still very much there. I’ll miss being a part of the team, I’ll miss being a Strictly dancer. So very odd to say this out loud, it feels very raw.’

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Strictly’s Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson have finally stopped hiding their romance

Gemma Atkinson and Strictly Come Dancing’s Gorka Marquez are definitely not hiding their romance anymore.

After solidifying their relationship with a loving Valentine’s picture to mark the special day, the pair have shared yet another couply post to put fans out of their misery.

The two haven’t been shy about flaunting their newfound romance on Instagram, as they enjoy a loved-up getaway together.

Yesterday Gorka posted a picture of them enjoying a sunbathing session on the beach captioning it: ‘Fridays by the sea!’.

The couple were glowing and looked relaxed and happy – and they should be, as they finally confirmed what we all pretty much knew by making their relationship official earlier in February. 

Earlier, the pair engaged in an arm wrestle, as Gemma uploaded a video to Instagram of them play fighting.

She captioned the snap: ‘Talking favourite films and I mention Stallone in “over the top” He told me in Spain they arm wrestle differently to us… I had a blonde moment and believed him…’

Gorka uploaded the same video but captioned it: ‘As if she believed we arm wrestle different in Spain… Bless you @glouiseatkinson.’

The pair have reportedly been dating since they met on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing last year – and of course, their fans quickly flooded the comment section to congratulate the pair.

Reports of Gemma and Gorka’s rumoured romance have been ongoing since the show started in September, but both parties previously denied the rumours.

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These two have made it official

Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice has made his romance with a former TOWIE favourite official – and has done so in the cutest way!

Giovanni, 27, confirmed that he’s loved-up with Jess Wright by posting a selfie with her on Valentine’s Day where he’s seen planting a kiss on her cheek while she smiles at the camera.

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‘Buon San Valentino ❤️ @jesswright77,’ the dancer captioned the romantic snap.

Meanwhile Jess, 32, shared a photo on Instagram Stories of her holding a man’s hand, with Giovanni’s identity given away by his ring inscribed with ‘PG’.

Jess also proved she was in a lovey mood by posting a screenshot from the famous scene in Love Actually where Andrew Lincoln holds up cards for Keira Knightley to reveal his unrequited love for her.

‘Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️ I hope someone makes you feel this special today ? #loveactually,’ the reality star wrote alongside the post.

Confirmation of Jess and Giovanni’s relationship came as a shock to many fans who filled the comments with messages of surprise.

‘OMG!!! no way!! That’s mental! Wasn’t expecting that. Cute ❤,’ one wrote, whilst another said: ‘well didn’t see that coming’

Meanwhile one simply added: ‘So happy for you both ? @pernicegiovann1 @jesswright77’

Whilst the news has surprised some social media users, rumours first emerged that the couple could be dating back in December when they were seen going for a drink together in London.

A friend of Jess then reportedly confirmed that she had been secretly seeing Giovanni for one month.

‘They’ve been on a few dates, but it’s early days,’ the source told The Sun. ‘They met through her brother Mark’s Strictly connections from when he was on the show and they’re getting to know each other.’

Jess has recently been focusing on getting fit and admitted last year that her new regime had boosted her confidence enough to start dating again.

‘I needed to do it for my own self confidence and own self loving,’ she told MailOnline. ‘How can you expect someone to love you when you don’t love yourself?

‘There was definitely a time in my life when I was lacking in that area. Whereas now I feel like I am completely in control of myself and where I am. I am in a happy place.’

We can’t wait to see more of these two!

Loved up Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez get close as they mark Valentine’s Day with romantic photo

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez post romantic picture to mark Valentine's Day
Gemma and Gorka look very much in love on Valentine’s Day (Picture: Instagram/Gemma Atkinson)

Gemma Atkinson and Strictly Come Dancing’s Gorka Marquez have solidified their relationship with a romantic Valentine’s picture to mark the special day.

Yes that’s right – unless you’ve been playing a good game of hide and seek, the focused love affair from last year’s Strictly Come Dancing has been made official.

After their relationship was confirmed earlier in February, Gemma took to Instagram to share a cute snap of the pair cuddling up to one another to mark the romantic day.

Captioning the Instagram post, Gemma wrote: ‘Here’s to many more kid. Happy Valentine’s Day @Gorka_marquez.’

It’s been a long time coming. After they were buddying up over dinner in January, and again being spotted sharing a kiss during the Strictly Live Tour rehearsals, they finally made their relationship official earlier in the month.

With what was possibly the worst kept secret, the pair made an announcement on Instagram.

Strictly's Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson finally confirm their romance with selfie
Yeah we all knew already, guys… (Picture: Instagram/Gemma Atkinson)

Following months of speculation the Strictly Come Dancing stars posted a very coupley image on Instagram with the caption: ‘You say what…?’

And of course, their fans quickly flooded the comment section to congratulate the pair. One happy fan wrote: ‘Thank Goodness this is now out! Saves taking a gooseberry everywhere with you! 🙂 xx’

‘WE ALL KNEW BACK WHEN STRICTLY WAS ON!!! HOORAY!!! its your fitness that’s sealed it!! Hooray!’ commented another.

Happy Valentine’s Day you two!

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What’s really going on with Strictly’s Kevin and Karen Clifton following THOSE ‘divorce’ claims?

We take a look back at their Strictly romance…

Strictly Come Dancing stars Kevin and Karen Clifton look to be the latest couple hit by the Strictly curse after reports emerged over the weekend they’re heading for divorce.

How sad is that?

But after Karen insisted everything is okay between the couple just last week, we’ve all been left wondering what’s really going on as the professional dancers prepare to embark on their live tour together.

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Where it all started…

So, rumours started back in November 2017 when the dancers graced our telly screens for another star-studded series of Strictly.

But while their two-year marriage seemed pretty idyllic from the outside, whispers began backstage that they were ‘barely speaking’ to each other.

Kevin and Karen Clifton

The couple – who met on live show Burn the Floor back in 2009 – were reportedly forced into ‘awkward group rehearsals’ after Karen was voted off with partner Simon Rimmer, with sources claiming at the time things ‘aren’t going well’. Eeek!

Couple rocked by rumours

And speculation was kicked up a notch after 35-year-old Karen was pictured out and about with accountant Stuart Wood in December, causing many fans to question whether she was dating the 27-year-old.

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But speaking just days before the photos emerged, Karen denied that she’d split from her hubby despite them having gone through some ups and downs.

‘We’re a regular couple,’ the dancer told The Sun Online. ‘We’ve been together for seven years, and like any other relationship, you have ups and downs.

‘Nothing is perfect. We just need to keep pushing.’

Spending Christmas apart

Hmmm… despite her denial, the pair upset fans when they failed to dance together on Strictly on more than one occasion during the show.

Things weren’t helped when Karen then jetted off to the US to spend Christmas with her family – whilst Kevin reportedly stayed with his relatives in Grimsby.

It was said at the time the pair ‘would spend Christmas apart before deciding how to move forward in the New Year’. Which wasn’t a good sign for fans…

Going ahead with the tour

While both dancers were spotted still wearing their wedding rings last month, Karen broke her silence to claim the two were happy.

‘Kevin and I start our own tour in May which we are really looking forward to,’ admitted Karen.

Before adding: ‘People are going to be interested but at the end of the day we are happy.’

The star then went on to confirm the stage show will be going ahead as planned when she shared a snap of her hard at work with her Tour Manager and Musical Producer just last week.

Headed for divorce?

Unfortunately, it looks like it could be the end of the road for the couple after a turbulent few months, as recent reports claim divorce is on the cards.

A source told The Sun: ‘Karen is extremely upset about the whole situation and is really struggling to accept that everything is over.

‘She has been pleading with Kevin to give things another go but he’s made it clear that he’s not interested and doesn’t want them to patch things up.’

The reports added that Kevin is the ‘driving force’ behind the split and ‘isn’t too fussed’ about it given that it is his second divorce.

AW! Let’s hope these two are able to keep things civil, whatever they decide!

Anton Du Beke discusses fears of Strictly axe after Brendan Cole: ‘You can’t take anything for granted’

Hot on the heels of Brendan Cole’s firing, Strictly Come Dancing‘s Anton Du Beke has revealed that no one, least of all himself, is safe from the chop.

The 16th series of Strictly won’t kick off until the autumn, however Anton dished that calls are made way ahead of the series to allow producers to be flexible with re-casting.

‘We don’t really know what’s going on,’ Brendan insisted. ‘You can’t take anything for granted’.

Anton Du Beke admits 'you can't take anything for granted' as fears of Strictly axe loom
Anton has confessed that no-one is safe from the Strictly axe (Picture: ITV)

Admitting that the show’s dancers and judges are in the same boat as audiences as they ‘just have to wait and see’ who gets invited back, Brendan explained that the tense phase is ‘the same every year’.

‘With us, it’s a year by year thing. You finish the series, then at the beginning of the following year you either get the phone call to the positive or the negative really’, he added.

Anton Du Beke admits 'you can't take anything for granted' as fears of Strictly axe loom
Anton doesn’t know whether he’ll be back for another year or not (Picture: ITV)

Anton also bemoaned the loss of dancer Brendan Cole, who he was ‘stunned’ to see let go from the programme. Brendan had described the feeling of being let go as like ‘not being invited to the party,’ and Anton said he was ‘heartbroken’ over the loss.

Anton went on to tell Lorraine on her morning show that he ‘could never be quite as bad or naughty as Brendan,’ as he honoured the idea that the dancer may join judge Len Goodman Stateside on US show, Dancing With the Stars.

Brendan’s old chum Len Goodman – who formerly sat on the judging panel at Strictly until 2016 and subsequently moved to the popular US dance show – may have apparently offered an olive branch across the pond to the 41-year-old professional dancer.

Anton Du Beke admits 'you can't take anything for granted' as fears of Strictly axe loom
Brendan Cole leaves Strictly (Picture: ITV, BBC)

‘Brendan is really interested in a move over to LA to appear in Dancing With The Stars,’ a source told The Sun. ‘It’s a real compliment that they are interested and would be a big two fingers up to Strictly who unceremoniously dropped him.’

Dancing with the Stars is America’s answer to Strictly and has previously boasted a number of high profile contestants including the likes of Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Rumer Willis and Kim Kardashian.

The New Zealand born dancer, who has been a part of the BBC series since it began in 2004, opened up about being released from the show on Tuesday, 30 January, telling Lorraine Kelly: ‘‘This is quite hard to talk about. ‘The BBC haven’t renewed my contract – we get renewed year on year – and they made an editorial decision not to have me back on the show.

‘I’ve had 15 incredible series on the show – they’re a great team and it’s still a bit hard to talk about. I’ve always known this day would come.’

Lorraine airs weekdays at 8.30am on ITV.

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