Stacey Dooley, 33, and boyfriend Kevin Clifton, 37, lifted the Glitterball trophy after becoming Strictly Come Dancing champions two years ago. The documentary-filmmaker has now spoken out about the Grimsby-born performer’s decision to quit the BBC show.
Speaking this week with Nihal Arthanayake on BBC Radio 5 Live, Stacey admitted being blamed for Kevin’’s choices did “hurt”.
The Strictly winner joked that her beau was “totally incapable” of making his own decisions in the candid interview.
When asked how she felt about being blamed as the person behind Kevin’s choice to quit Strictly Come Dancing, the small-screen star admitted it had nothing to do with her.
Stacey joked: “Kevin is obviously totally incapable of making decisions for himself. So I swooped in and saved the day."
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Strictly star Stacey Dooley speaks out on beau's decision 'It hurts' (Image: WENN)
Stacey Dooley spoke about Kevin Clifton leaving Strictly Come Dancing (Image: WENN)
“Like it’s got anything to do with me what he does for a living. I mean, I think that he’s got things lined up that I’ll let him tell everyone about.”
BBC host Nihal asked: “Do you laugh about it or does it hurt?”
She replied: “You have to [laugh]. At the start, it hurts but then you realise it’s storytime. It’s a complete fantasy. There’s not an ounce of truth in so much of what is published.
“Initially you try and fight, but then you realise you can’t fight every day. I still have the LU2 (Luton area code) in me. I feel myself getting a bit gobby – that’s exactly what they want.”
Stacey Dooley won Strictly Come Dancing in 2018 (Image: GETTY)
Stacey Dooley said she is 'mindful' of what she posts on social media (Image: INSTAGRAM • STACEY DOOLEY)
Stacey also chatted about the couple’s romance and how the pair decided to take their relationship to the next step.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more