Karen Clifton 'shedding surname' following Kevin and Stacey Dooley romance claim

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Karen for a comment. 

The news comes just after Kevin publicly wished Karen a happy 37th birthday on her Instagram page.

Kevin wrote: ‘Happy birthday U. Have a wicked one,’ and closed his sentence off with a love heart emoji.

Kevin’s first marriage was in 2003 to Latin dancer Anna Melnikova, and he later tied the knot in 2007 to Clare Craze before separating three years later.

Karen and Kevin wed in 2015 but split in March last year, and earlier this month it was rumoured that Kevin had moved on from Karen with his celebrity dancing partner Stacey.

Although the pair are yet to speak out on the speculation, Kevin did praise the reporter after performing at his dance show Burn The Floor in Southport.

Here 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.

‘It gets difficult and I’m not the best at dealing with it.’

The Strictly pro added: ‘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.’

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