Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley reportedly split from her ex beau Sam Tucknoff due to her close relationship with dance partner Kevin Clifton.
Although there is no indication that Stacey and Kevin’s relationship was romantic, their growing closeness was allegedly the final straw for her former boyfriend.
Insiders told The Sun that Stacey’s ‘connection’ with Kevin caused a rift between her and Sam amid claims she barely spent any time at their Bristol home during her time on the show.
Split claims: Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley reportedly split from her ex beau Sam Tucknoff due to her close relationship with dance partner Kevin Clifton
The 32-year-old investigative journalist and the professional dancer, 36, trained together for five months before being crowned the winners of the show.
Before taking part in the show, Stacey was apparently convinced that she wouldn’t fall victim to the split curse that surrounds the series, the source claimed.
They added that Sam found it difficult that Stacey spent so much time away ‘in the arms of another man’, rather than spending time with him.
Strained: Insiders told The Sun that Stacey’s ‘connection’ with Kevin caused a rift between her and Sam amid claims she barely spent any time at their Bristol home during her time on the show
The insider continued: ‘It definitely didn’t help their relationship, especially towards the end. It didn’t help that Stacey and Kevin remained friendly after the series.’
‘During filming in December Sam had been vocal about her dancing with a single man and was really paranoid that they were going to split because of the show, with rumours he had become insanely jealous — even though she insisted there was nothing for him to worry about.’
Winners! The 32-year-old investigative journalist and the professional dancer, 36, trained together for five months before being crowned the winners of the show
The broadcaster was apparently ‘away for weeks’ while filming for the show and has ‘only been seen once’ at the couple’s home since taking the trophy.
The claims come after it was revealed Stacey struggled to maintain her romance with the personal trainer, 30, as insiders claim their lives have gone in ‘different directions’ after she won 2018’s edition of the contest in December.
Although neighbours claim that the couple haven’t been sighted together much over the last few months, Sam is thought to still be living in the Brighton flat.
Absent: Stacey reportedly barely spent any time at home with beau Sam Tucknott since winning Strictly Come Dancing last year
A resident told the Sun: ‘She hasn’t really been around since she won Strictly, I don’t think I’ve seen her more than once since then.
They added that it appeared that Sam had been living by himself, although they couldn’t confirm when the last time they saw him was either.
The neighbour continued: ‘Often Stacey was away for weeks and I think when they were filming Strictly she was hardly here at all. No-one has seen her and no-one has seen them together in months.’
Busy: The 32-year-old broadcaster was apparently ‘away for weeks’ while filming for the show, which she later went on to win alongside partner Kevin Clifton
MailOnline has contacted Stacey’s representatives for further comment.
As news of the split broke, insiders claimed their lives have gone in ‘different directions’ over the course of the last few months.
A source told the publication: ‘Stacey confided in her friends that she was struggling to hold down her romance with Sam because her life has been a whirlwind after Strictly.
Parted ways: Although neighbours claim that the couple haven’t been sighted together much over the last few months, Sam is thought to still be living in the Brighton flat
The insider continued: ‘She barely saw him during the month-long tour and has gone straight back into filming documentaries and has been travelling all over the world.’
‘They have a close circle of friends who hope things might yet work out but it’s not looking likely. It was very emotional and has been tough on them both’, they added.
The BBC star recently hinted her relationship with the fitness enthusiast was under strain as she labelled him ‘useless, annoying and messy around the house’ while reflecting on the ups and downs of their home-life in a candid interview.
Stacey said on The Russell Howard Hour last month: ‘My boyfriend never goes [travelling] with me, he would be useless.’
‘I sort of get a bit annoyed when he’s not crying and sliding down the walls when I leave for these places. I’m like, “Are you not scared I’m never going to return? Are you not scared you’re going to lose the love of your life?”
Success: The BBC star won the dance competition series with professional dancer Kevin Clifton in December last year
‘And he’s like, “You’ll be fine, you’ll be back in two weeks moaning about the state of the flat.” And he’s right, that’s exactly what I do!’
She added: ‘I say to myself before I put the key in the door, “Don’t kick off about the state of the flat because it doesn’t matter,” I go in, the first thing I say is, “Have you been busy at work? Is that why the dishes are in the sink?” I’m all passive aggressive!
‘He will be like, “don’t start” and that’s fair, I think, “I can’t be ar**d, I’m too jet lagged, we’ll resume this tomorrow!” He contributes in other ways…not like that!’
She echoed her comments in an interview with You Magazine , admitting she does most of the housework as Sam is ‘not very whizzy’.
Despite her remarks, Stacey praised his ‘chilled and supportive’ nature: ‘He understands when you’re on top of a hill in the Democratic Republic of the Congo you can’t panic because someone’s waiting for you to call home.’
Stacey denied rumours that she was growing close to former dance partner Kevin back in February and said Sam wasn’t in the least bit jealous.
Candid: She recently hinted her relationship with the fitness enthusiast was under strain as she labelled him ‘useless, annoying and messy around the house’
She told The Times: ‘The truth is Kevin and I are brilliant friends and he’ll be my pal for life, and Sam was probably the most supportive he has ever been.
‘When I first got the gig he was just so made up. He was dancing round our living room. And every week he’d say, “Listen to Kevin. Kevin knows best”. He was a dream.’
She also said: ‘Of course it’s weird. King Kev was my knight in shining armour, he sort of dragged me through the whole experience, it was such a dream.’