Karen and Kevin Clifton 'stronger than ever' as partners as they CONFIRM ...

They have kept fans guessing about the fate of their marriage, after revealing they are still wearing their rings during their split.

But Karen and Kevin Clifton have confirmed that they feel 'stronger' as a partnership, now that their relationship is over.

Posing for their first post-split photoshoot with HELLO! this weekend, the former Strictly couple said they would like to be 'honest' with the fans, admitting that not everything is a 'perfect fairytale'.  

Split: Karen and Kevin Clifton have said that their relationship has been strengthened by an honest separation, as they pose for HELLO magazine this week

Split: Karen and Kevin Clifton have said that their relationship has been strengthened by an honest separation, as they pose for HELLO magazine this week

'Things don't have to fall apart,' Karen told the magazine. 'Throughout the years we have had a good friendship, and that is a great base.'

'It was important to be honest about everything. I think there is a lot of pressure on people to be perfect all the time, and so there is this fairytale image of everything, but at the end of the day we are just like other people. 

'We never want to pretend to our fans or to anybody or to ourselves,' Kevin added.

'It is about being true to yourself, and respecting one another. I respect and admire Kevin as a performer, a human being, and I've always looked up to him, that will never stop. We want to be positive in all of this.' 

Having a giggle: Karen and Kevin, appearing on This Morning, also confessed this week that they have also not discussed divorce

Having a giggle: Karen and Kevin, appearing on This Morning, also confessed this week that they have also not discussed divorce

On working together after the split, Kevin added: 'This is about to be the best work that we have done, I feel that. Being honest about everything has unlocked a real creativity. We are stronger than ever.'

And on whether they will dance together on Strictly, he added: 'We don't make that decision, it is down to the choreographers, they switch us all round.'

Karen went on to confirm that she is not moving back to New York, saying instead that London is her home.  

This week, the duo confused fans about the status of their relationship when they revealed that they had not discussed divorce and will continue to wear their rings.

Happy days: Despite their break up, the dancing pros are to embark on their own 'Kevin and Karen Dance Live Tour' in May, and insisted they never considered axing their dates because of their split

Happy days: Despite their break up, the dancing pros are to embark on their own 'Kevin and Karen Dance Live Tour' in May, and insisted they never

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