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Karen Hauer, 37, was previously married to Kevin Clifton, 37, after the pair tied the knot in 2015. The Strictly Come Dancing professionals called it quits on their relationship three years later.
The Venezualan-born dancer admitted she was “heartbroken” following her split from Kevin and admitted she had “ignored the signs” before their separation.
Speaking candidly to Closer magazine, Karen admitted she doesn’t believe the pair were “ready for marriage”.
She told the publication: “The year we broke up was traumatic and heartbreaking. It was a shock for us both, but I think it was something that was a long time coming and we ignored the signs.
“We both had different schedules, long working days, and we just didn’t see each other very much.”
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The couple – who first met as dancers on stage show Burn The Floor – first appeared on the show when they were engaged.
Karen continued: “When I look back, I don’t think we were ready for marriage. We were still growing as performers, as people, as lovers, and sometimes you just can’t find the right way to fix things.”
Kevin was previously married to fellow professional dancer Clare Craze, while Karen was married to American Matthew Hauer.
The Strictly star has since embarked on a new romance with singer David Webb, while Kevin, is in a relationship with documentary maker Stacey, 33, the Strictly partner he won the Glitterball trophy with in 2018.
Karen and Stacey both took part in the live shows of Strictly two years ago.
Speaking about the presenter’s relationship with her ex, Karen revealed it wouldn’t be “weird” hanging out together as couples.
She explained: “I’ve just toured with Stacey and I love her to bits.
“We get on very well. It won’t be weird to see us all hanging out together as couples.”
Stacey and her beau confirmed their romance months after they won Strictly Come Dancing in 2018.
Karen and Kevin have remained on good terms and she admitted they will always be friends.
She said: “I admire and respect Kevin and I know he feels the same about me. He will always be my friend.
“My separation from Kevin led me to a path of prioritising myself and sorting myself out and making changes.”
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Her comments come after the Grimsby-born performer recently revealed he has quit Strictly after seven years on the show.
The professional dancer took to Instagram earlier this month and revealed his first project since his departure from Strictly was confirmed.
Kevin revealed he landed his “dream role” as the lead in Strictly Ballroom The Musical.
The production will also see him reunite with Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood, who is the show’s director.
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