If you’ve heard of Strictly Come Dancing, you’ll most likely have heard about the scandalous ‘Strictly curse’.
The so-called ‘Strictly curse’ rears its ugly head almost every year on the BBC show, breaking apart relationships, either during or shortly after the series draws to a close. There are countless Strictly Come Dancing affairs to report, while other Strictly relationships have broken down as a result of appearing the show.
And now some are saying that the ‘curse’ has even impacted on this year’s line up, resulting in the calibre of celebs not being up to scratch.
According to The Sun, a source has revealed that certain big names have been put off by taking part in the programme. Apparently, stars declined to get involved over fears that the alleged curse could ruin their relationships, as it’s rumoured to have recently done so with Louise and Jamie Redknapp.
The source said, “The curse is real. And it contributed to the breakdown of one of the strongest couples in showbiz. No one wants to end up in the same boat. The Louise and Jamie split has scared a lot of big A-list stars off appearing on the show.”
A show insider also told The Sun that new recruits are pre-warned about the curse. They said, “The curse bobs its head every year and the new people taking part have to be warned about it. It’s a full-on, intense show that puts strains on people’s relationships. They don’t understand what it’s like until it’s a couple of weeks in and it’s too late.”
2016, Louise Redknapp and Jamie Redknapp
Perhaps the latest famous face to be hit by rumours of the Strictly curse is Louise Redknapp, a runner-up in last year’s show. She’s been married to former football pro Jamie for 10 years. But rumours have dogged the pair since the show ended in December about the state of their relationship.
Louise previously claimed that the Strictly curse wasn’t likely to affect them, saying “We laughed about it. After so many years it’ll take more than Strictly and a sparkly leotard to cause problems. Plus, Kevin is married to the hottest dancer on the show!”
Whether the rumours are true or not though remains to be seen…
2016, Joanne Clifton and boyfriend Joseph Edward-Bader
She had a professional high when she won the show in 2016 with Ore Oduba, but Joanne Clifton’s personal relationships appeared to take a bit of a nose-dive shortly after!
Reportedly, the pro dancer split from her long-term boyfriend Joseph Edward-Bader a month ago, with a source telling The Sun: “The relationship broke down and everyone’s a bit in shock.
“She’s taken it really badly and is struggling at the moment.”
2015, Giovanni Pernice and Georgia May Foote
In 2015’s series, arguably the most attractive looking couple caused waves as their relationship heated up on (and off!) screen.
Georgia and Giovanni met when they were paired up on the show, while Georgia was still in a relationship with her ex Corrie co-star Sean Ward, who played Callum Logan.
However, reported dogged the couple of Sean’s alleged jealousy over her decision to do the show, and rumour has it that he even accompanied her to rehearsals in the beginning over paranoia.
Things came to a head during Georgia’s time on Strictly, and the pair split up. Shortly after, Georgia announced that she and Giovanni were dating.
The pretty-looking pair called time on their relationship just a year after competing on the show though, and are now rumoured to be in other relationships – far away from the Strictly Come Dancing romances!
2013, Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen
Perhaps one of the most famous (and scandalous) affairs on the show so far. Ben’s relationship was hit by the Strictly curse soon after the show, when he broke off his marriage to Abby Blayney, who he’d been with for 23 years.
And understandably, Abby was devastated. During divorce proceedings, she was reported as saying, “I’m Ben Cohen’s ex-wife. If it wasn’t for that woman me and Ben would still be married. But so what? I’m moving on.”
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Before, she also admitted the heartbreak of being cheated on, saying “He’s done the dirty on me and I want people to know. My husband, who I was with for 23 years, unconditionally loved and was completely loyal to, has left me for a f*****g Russian dancer.”
Ben and Kristina got together shortly after they finished competing in the show, and have recently welcomed a baby daughter, Milena.
2009, Kristina Rihanoff and Joe Calzaghe
But it wasn’t the first time Kristina had started a relationship with a taken man on the show. In 2009, she and boxer Joe got close, and he split up with his girlfriend Jo-Emma Larvin soon after beginning the competition. However, the couple split in 2013, shortly before she met Ben.
2013, Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev
The Countdown star is famous for her intellect. But it was her moves on the dance-floor that won her a new boyfriend, in the form of one of the most popular dancers on the show, Pasha.
Before entering the dancing competition in 2013, Rachel was happily married to millionaire Jamie Gilbert, who she’d been with for 15 months. The pair met at Oxford University, and married in 2012.
Throughout the show, the couple denied rumours of anything going on. But shortly after the show, in 2014, the pair announced they were together. They’ve been with each other ever since, and are even rumoured to have moved in together.
Speaking about the so-called curse, Rachel admitted that the show can have an effect on relationships. She said, “I don’t think there’s a Strictly curse, but it does serve as a magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines. Jamie and I had been with one another since I was 19, and we are still good friends, it was all amicable and he’s been brilliant.”
2007, Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace
Professional dancer Flavia ended her current relationship after meeting Matt – former Eastenders star – while partnered together on the show in 2007.
They were together for three years, until Flavia ended the relationship to date someone else…
2010, Jimi Mistry and Flavia Cacace
…Her 2010 partner on the show Jimi Mistry, no less! Just weeks after ending her relationship with Matt, Jimi and Flavia announced they were together.
But don’t panic, because it all worked out for the best in the end. Jimi and Flavia are now married, and have been since 2013. So maybe a Strictly blessing-in-disguise is perhaps a better term?!
2010, Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev
The couple got together whilst on the show in 2010. But sadly the Strictly curse worked it’s magic yet again. Things clearly weren’t set to last between the couple, who split in 2013.
2009, Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna
Happily, this relationship started off a bit better than most of the others! The actress and dancer were both single when they were on the show, and got together during their time on it.
But sadly, the curse hit the pair, and they split a year later. Is no one safe?!
2004, Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole
Ah, the first couple touched by the curse of Strictly. The pair waltzed their way to victory in the very first series of the show. But they were hounded by rumours of their romance throughout the entire competition.
The pair have never actually confirmed their romance. Natasha was single at the time. But Brendan did suffer a split with his fiancé – fellow professional dancer Camilla Dallerup, because of the supposed affair. Brendan and Camilla had been together for eight years.
In 2015, Camilla told the Daily Star, “to this day I have no idea whether it was her fame and celebrity that swept him away or if he really did feel a strong connection with her. I’m guessing it was probably a bit of both. It felt as if the fact that we’d just got engaged meant nothing to either of them.
“What was really hurtful was not just that Brendan appeared to have forgotten he was engaged, the entire nation seem to have forgotten he was engaged.”