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Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton PIC EXC: Couple make first appearance since confirming romance

Stacey Dooley and her new boyfriend Kevin Clifton appeared in great spirits as they stepped out in London on Sunday afternoon, marking their first public appearance together since confirming their romance last month.

The journalist, 32, and the professional dancer, 36, couldn’t contain their joy as they strolled along the streets of the English capital to enjoy some quality time away from their busy schedules.  

Stacey and Kevin hit headlines last month as news of their budding relationship emerged just months after winning last year’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing.  

Beaming: Stacey Dooley and her new boyfriend Kevin Clifton stepped out in London on Sunday afternoon for their first public appearance together since confirming their romance last month

Beaming: Stacey Dooley and her new boyfriend Kevin Clifton stepped out in London on Sunday afternoon for their first public appearance together since confirming their romance last month

Looking effortlessly chic, the documentary filmmaker was dressed in a loose-fitting black T-shirt, lightly-distressed jeans and a sharp blazer coat.

The TV personality complemented her off-duty appearance with a pair of designer loafers, and accessorised with kooky skinny sunglasses.

Stacey’s fiery red tresses were styled into loose waves, while her naturally radiant complexion was enhanced with minimal make-up.

Kevin opted for comfort as he sported a cosy hooded jumper, tied in with dark-wash jeans and monochrome-coloured trainers. 

The look of love: The journalist, 32, and the professional dancer, 36, couldn't contain their joy as they strolled along the streets of the English capital to enjoy some quality time away from their busy schedules

The look of love: The journalist, 32, and the professional dancer, 36, couldn’t contain their joy as they strolled along the streets of the English capital to enjoy some quality time away from their busy schedules

Where it all started: Stacey and Kevin hit headlines last month as news of their budding relationship emerged just months after winning last year's edition of Strictly Come Dancing (pictured on the show)

Where it all started: Stacey and Kevin hit headlines last month as news of their budding relationship emerged just months after winning last year’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing (pictured on the show)

Casual style: Looking effortlessly chic, the documentary filmmaker was dressed in a loose-fitting black T-shirt, lightly-distressed jeans and a sharp blazer coat

Casual style: Looking effortlessly chic, the documentary filmmaker was dressed in a loose-fitting black T-shirt, lightly-distressed jeans and a sharp blazer coat

All in the details: The TV personality complemented her off-duty appearance with a pair of designer loafers, and accessorised with kooky skinny sunglasses

All in the details: The TV personality complemented her off-duty appearance with a pair of designer loafers, and accessorised with kooky skinny sunglasses

Natural glow: Stacey's fiery red tresses were styled into loose waves, while her naturally radiant complexion was enhanced with minimal make-up

Natural glow: Stacey’s fiery red tresses were styled into loose waves, while her naturally radiant complexion was enhanced with minimal make-up

Low-key: Kevin opted for comfort as he sported a cosy hooded jumper, tied in with dark-wash jeans and monochrome-coloured trainers

Low-key: Kevin opted for comfort as he sported a cosy hooded jumper, tied in with dark-wash jeans and monochrome-coloured trainers

The new couple grinned from ear-to-ear throughout their walk while holding onto matching cups of coffee from Caffè Nero.

Stacey recently escaped the drama surrounding her personal life as she holidayed with her pals in Portugal.

The BBC star took to Instagram on Saturday to upload a snap of herself and a friend enjoying the sun during a laid back car ride.

Back home: Stacey recently returned back home from her girls' trip to Portugal, and filmed scenes for an upcoming series in Denver, Colorado

Back home: Stacey recently returned back home from her girls’ trip to Portugal, and filmed scenes for an upcoming series in Denver, Colorado

Smitten: The new couple beamed throughout their walk while holding onto matching cups of coffee from Caffè Nero

Smitten: The new couple beamed throughout their walk while holding onto matching cups of coffee from Caffè Nero

Stacey didn’t appear to have a care in the world as she flashed a peace sign and posed with her pal during the girls’ getaway. 

Stacey’s picture comes after she appeared to pay tribute to her supportive girlfriends on Instagram on Wednesday, posting a snap of her walking away from the camera in the desert, with her arm around one of them.  

There is said to have been drama around Stacey and Kevin’s dalliance, with her ex, Sam Tucknott, reported to have confronted the dancer about his relationship with Stacey in a furious FaceTime call.

The personal trainer, 30, claims he called Kevin a ‘snake’ and a ‘rat’ when he discovered flirty text messages sent to his ex after they separated. 

Escape: Stacey recently escaped the drama surrounding her personal life as she continued to holiday with her pals in Portugal

Escape: Stacey recently escaped the drama surrounding her personal life as she continued to holiday with her pals in Portugal

Leave it all behind: The journalist escaped the drama surrounding her personal life as she continued her holiday with her pals in Portugal

Leave it all behind: The journalist escaped the drama surrounding her personal life as she continued her holiday with her pals in Portugal

'I love you all': Stacey appeared to pay tribute to her supportive girlfriends on Instagram on Wednesday, posting a snap of her walking away from the camera in the desert, with her arm around one of them

‘I love you all’: Stacey appeared to pay tribute to her supportive girlfriends on Instagram on Wednesday, posting a snap of her walking away from the camera in the desert, with her arm around one of them

He told the Mail on Sunday last month: ‘He went white. I just stuck it on him, “You’re an absolute rat. How you conducted yourself. Just a slippery, slimy snake.” He didn’t say a word. He looked petrified. He looked so shocked. 

‘I am so respectful of [Stacey], but I am gutted and I am disappointed and I feel so let down that she did not have the respect for me to tell me and just come clean.’

The fitness fanatic said Kevin – who he referred to as his ‘best mate’ – has since refused to meet and discuss the relationship ‘man-to-man’.

He said: ‘To have that relationship where you are best buddies, but then you start going cold because you start fancying their girlfriend – I hold no respect for him whatsoever.

Uh oh: There is said to have been drama around Stacey and Kevin's dalliance, with her ex, Sam Tucknott, reported to have confronted the dancer about his relationship with Stacey in a furious FaceTime call

Uh oh: There is said to have been drama around Stacey and Kevin’s dalliance, with her ex, Sam Tucknott, reported to have confronted the dancer about his relationship with Stacey in a furious FaceTime call 

Old times: The fitness fanatic said Kevin - who he referred to as his 'best mate' - has since refused to meet and discuss the relationship 'man-to-man'

Old times: The fitness fanatic said Kevin – who he referred to as his ‘best mate’ – has since refused to meet and discuss the relationship ‘man-to-man’ 

‘He has gone from my best mate wanting to know the ins and outs of what I am up to and then he can’t even go out of his way to reply. That’s come from guilt.’ 

And Sam, who split from Stacey after a five-year relationship in March, blames the potential match on the intensive hours Kevin and the journalist spent together on Strictly. 

He said all was well in their relationship until mid-November – when Stacey and Kevin were performing in the BBC competition series – and he noticed flirty text messages from the dancer. 

Intense: And Sam, who split from Stacey after a three-year relationship in March, blames the match on the intensive hours Kevin and the journalist spent together on Strictly

Intense: And Sam, who split from Stacey after a three-year relationship in March, blames the match on the intensive hours Kevin and the journalist spent together on Strictly 

Split: It comes after Sam revealed he had split from his girlfriend of five years in an interview with the Mail on Sunday

Split: It comes after Sam revealed he had split from his girlfriend of five years in an interview with the Mail on Sunday 

Sam said a message Stacey received from Kevin one Sunday morning read ‘I love dancing with you and spending every minute I can with you’.

The personal trainer said: ‘Maybe I was too naive. Looking back now all the signs were there that I had lost Stacey, but I kept thinking we had done the hardest bit.

‘I had proved to her for five years that I could cope with her going away for long periods of time because the love I have for her is unconditional.’

But by the end of March, the couple had made arrangements to separate and for Stacey to move out of their Brighton home.

Flirt: Sam said a message Stacey received from Kevin one Sunday morning read 'I love dancing with you and spending every minute I can with you'

Flirt: Sam said a message Stacey received from Kevin one Sunday morning read ‘I love dancing with you and spending every minute I can with you’ 

It was then that Sam discovered a text message from Kevin which he said confirmed to him that they were in a relationship – and he decided to confront the dancer.

He told the Sun: ‘Her phone went and it was Kevin Clifton — ‘I love you’ with a red love heart.’

Kevin – who won Strictly with Stacey last year – split from his third wife and co-star Karen in March 2018.

Former flame: By the end of March, the couple had made arrangements to separate and move out of their Brighton home

Former flame: By the end of March, the couple had made arrangements to separate and move out of their Brighton home

Competing on Strictly requires hard work and often draws competitors away from their families, creating rifts between loved ones. This phenomenon is known as the Strictly curse and has led to several divorces and breakups. 

A series of couples have fallen victim to the curse since the show’s inception in 2004, including Natasha Kaplinsky, Ben Cohen, Louise and Jamie Redknapp, and more recently Neil and Katya Jones.

The show is also responsible for forming new romances, with lovebirds Giovanni Pernice and  Ashley Roberts and Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell embarking on romances following the 2018 series.  

Daily Mail UK

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