Stacey Dooley breaks her silence after dumping her ex for Kevin Clifton5 min read

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Stacey Dooley has defended herself in a defiant tweet after her ex Sam Tucknott spoke out about her dumping him for Strictly dancer Kevin Clifton.

She had previously broke her silence amid claims she ‘dumped’ her boyfriend for Kevin Clifton as she liked a tweet about about forgiveness. 

The TV presenter, 32, recently split from boyfriend of five years Sam Tucknott, 30, who branded Kevin a ‘snake’ and a ‘rat’ for sending flirty text messages to his ex.

Whilst Stacey and Kevin – who were partnered on last year’s series of Strictly – have not spoken out yet publicly about the claims, it’s alleged their relationship was an ‘open secret’ on the Strictly tour.   

Dancing partners: Stacey Dooley broke her silence following the revelation she is dating Kevin Clifton by taking to social media and liking a social media post about forgiveness

Dancing partners: Stacey Dooley broke her silence following the revelation she is dating Kevin Clifton by taking to social media and liking a social media post about forgiveness

Taking to Twitter following an explosive interview Sam gave with the Mail on Sunday, Stacey decided to respond by liking a tweet about forgiveness.

The tweet read: ‘Forgive not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace.’ 

It comes as a source on the Strictly tour told The Sun that Stacey frequently angered cast and crew by frequently gushing about Kevin.

They said: ‘Everyone believed romance was blossoming between them.

‘Kevin was a regular feature. He’d cheer on Stacey when he could, then spend time with her and the others at the hotel. Stacey didn’t hide the fact she wasn’t happy at home and barely mentioned Sam.’

The source added that her close relationship with Kevin was said to have raised eyebrows behind the scenes of the show as Stacey was still in a relationship with Sam.

Hurt: Stacey's ex boyfriend of five years Sam Tucknott, 30,  branded Kevin a 'snake' and a 'rat' for sending flirty text messages to Stacey

Hurt: Stacey’s ex boyfriend of five years Sam Tucknott, 30,  branded Kevin a ‘snake’ and a ‘rat’ for sending flirty text messages to Stacey

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Stacey for further comment.  

It comes a day after Sam revealed he had confronted Kevin about his relationship with Stacey during a furious FaceTime call. 

He told the Mail on Sunday: ‘He went white. I just stuck it on him, “You’re an absolute rat. How you conducted yourself. Just a slippery, slimy snake.” He didn’t say a word. He looked petrified. He looked so shocked.’

Snake: The personal trainer said he confronted  Kevin during a FaceTime call after he discovered flirty text messages sent to his ex

Snake: The personal trainer said he confronted  Kevin during a FaceTime call after he discovered flirty text messages sent to his ex

‘I am so respectful of [Stacey], but I am gutted and I am disappointed and I feel so let down that she did not have the respect for me to tell me and just come clean.’

The fitness fanatic said Kevin – who he referred to as his ‘best mate’ – has since refused to meet and discuss the relationship ‘man-to-man’.

He said: ‘To have that relationship where you are best buddies, but then you start going cold because you start fancying their girlfriend – I hold no respect for him whatsoever.

‘He has gone from my best mate wanting to know the ins and outs of what I am up to and then he can’t even go out of his way to reply. That’s come from guilt.’ 

Intense: And Sam, who split from Stacey after a five-year relationship in March, blames the match on the intensive hours Kevin and the journalist spent together on Strictly

Intense: And Sam, who split from Stacey after a five-year relationship in March, blames the match on the intensive hours Kevin and the journalist spent together on Strictly 

During the interview, Sam, who split from Stacey after a five-year relationship in March, blamed the potential match on the intensive hours Kevin and the journalist spent together on Strictly.

He said all was well in their relationship until mid-November – when Stacey and Kevin were performing in Strictly Come Dancing – and he noticed flirty text messages from the dancer.   

Sam said a message Stacey received from Kevin one Sunday morning read ‘I love dancing with you and spending every minute I can with you’.

The personal trainer said: ‘Maybe I was too naive. Looking back now all the signs were there that I had lost Stacey, but I kept thinking we had done the hardest bit.

Split: Sam said all was well in their relationship until Stacey and Kevin began performing in Strictly Come Dancing

Split: Sam said all was well in their relationship until Stacey and Kevin began performing in Strictly Come Dancing

Happier times: Sam said a message Stacey received from Kevin one Sunday morning read 'I love dancing with you and spending every minute I can with you'

Happier times: Sam said a message Stacey received from Kevin one Sunday morning read ‘I love dancing with you and spending every minute I can with you’ 

‘I had proved to her for five years that I could cope with her going away for long periods of time because the love I have for her is unconditional.’

But by the end of March, the couple had made arrangements to separate and for Stacey to move out of their Brighton home.

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It was then that Sam discovered a text message from Kevin which he said confirmed to him that they were in a relationship – and he decided to confront the dancer.

Former flame: By the end of March, the couple had made arrangements to separate and move out of their Brighton home

Former flame: By the end of March, the couple had made arrangements to separate and move out of their Brighton home

He told the Sun: ‘Her phone went and it was Kevin Clifton — ‘I love you’ with a red love heart.’

Kevin – who won Strictly with Stacey last year – split from his third wife and co-star Karen in March 2018. 

Competing on Strictly requires hard work and often draws competitors away from their families, creating rifts between loved ones. This phenomenon is known as the Strictly curse and has led to several divorces and breakups. 

A series of couples have fallen victim to the curse since the show’s inception in 2004, including Natasha Kaplinsky, Ben Cohen, Louise and Jamie Redknapp, and more recently Neil and Katya Jones.

The show is also responsible for forming new romances, with lovebirds Giovanni Pernice and  Ashley Roberts and Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell embarking on romances following the 2018 series/

Victim: A series of couples have fallen victim to the curse since the show's inception in 2004, including Natasha Kaplinsky, Ben Cohen, Louise and Jamie Redknapp

Victim: A series of couples have fallen victim to the curse since the show’s inception in 2004, including Natasha Kaplinsky, Ben Cohen, Louise and Jamie Redknapp

Love: The show is also responsible for forming new romances, with lovebirds Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell embarking on romances following the 2018 series

Love: The show is also responsible for forming new romances, with lovebirds Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell embarking on romances following the 2018 series