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Stacey Dooley has insisted there's 'two sides to every story' when it comes to her headline-grabbing romance with Strictly partner Kevin Clifton.
But fresh claims suggest the BBC documentary maker broke up with boyfriend of five years, personal trainer Sam Tucknott, 30, for the professional dancer in order to 'better her career'.
Stacey - Kevin - Romance - Months - Photos
It's also been rumoured that Stacey, 32, and Kevin, 36, have been enjoying a secret romance for months, with photos emerging of the pair heading into the same Birmingham hotel in January.
Weeks after picking up the Glitterball trophy with Kevin in December, Stacey took part in the Strictly tour, but was separated from her partner who ruled himself out of the live shows to concentrate on his own Burn The Floor tour.
Work - Schedule - Kevin - Trip - Birmingham
Despite his hectic work schedule Kevin made the long trip to Birmingham to show his support for Stacey on tour, cheering her on as she danced with Aljaz Skorjanec.
Kevin, whose relationship with Stacey was said to be an 'open secret' during the tour, was seen later that night heading into a five star hotel in the city, while Stacey, and the rest of the tour cast, followed close behind.
Strictly - Insider - Mirror - Reason - Kevin
As a Strictly insider said to the Mirror: 'There was no reason for Kevin to slog all the way to Birmingham to see her perform. The fact he did speaks volumes about where they were in their relationship.'
The January meet-up came weeks before Stacey announced she had split from her long-term beau Sam, after five years together.
Sam - Interview - Mail - Sunday - Relationship
Sam himself admitted in an interview with the Mail On Sunday though, that their relationship was under strain late last year as Stacey spent 14 hours a day training with Kevin for their Strictly win.
Insiders have claimed that Stacey, known for her hard-hitting BBC Three documentaries, 'dumped' Sam for Kevin as he...
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