Karen Clifton is reportedly dropping her surname in a bid to cut ties with ex-husband Kevin once and for all, amid claims she is ‘annoyed’ over his blossoming romance with Stacey Dooley.
The Strictly star is believed to be returning to her maiden name, Karen Hauer, in time for the new series of the BBC One dance show.
According to reports, tensions reached an all-time high between the former couple after Kevin denied having feelings for journalist Stacey, who he won the show with in December last year.
“Karen confronted Kevin about his relationship with Stacey at the end of the last series but he was adamant it was purely platonic,” a source told The Sun.
“Kevin and Stacey insist they only started dating officially this month but Karen is still annoyed he wasn’t more honest about the situation.
“She had been considering changing her name for a while but this has cemented her decision.
“This is Kevin’s business but she no longer wants to be linked to him. When the next series of Strictly starts she’ll be known as Karen Hauer.”
Karen and Kevin wed in 2015, but split in March last year and Karen has since been dating opera singer David Webb.
The dancer has so far stayed on good terms with Kevin following their split, and is yet to publicly comment on his new romance with Stacey.
Kevin even publicly wished his ex happy birthday on Saturday, commenting on a photo of Karen on Instagram as she celebrated turning 37.
He said, “‘Happy birthday U. Have a wicked one.”
Kevin’s message came after he paid tribute to new ‘girlfriend’ Stacey, during a touching speech on the opening night of his new stage show Burn the Floor.
In the speech, Kevin admitted that he’s struggled with ‘upheaval’ in his personal life.
He said, “In the last couple of years I’ve seen massive upheaval in my personal life and it hasn’t always been easy.
“There have been a lot of things thrown at me. At times I’ve struggled. And the times I’ve struggled and I was in a bit of a rut I didn’t know what to do.’
Speaking about the negative publicity surrounding his personal life, Kevin added, “It gets difficult and I’m not the best at dealing with it.
“But at that point Burn the Floor stepped in again and the producers gave me a call and said, “Why don’t you come home.” So it felt right and I came home.
“And thanks to Miss Stacey Dooley, I can finally say I’m the Strictly champion after six years of trying. It’s a miracle.”
Woman has contacted reps for Karen for comment.