Strictly Come Dancing 2018 winner Stacey Dooley, 32, didn’t perform with Kevin Clifton, 36, on the nationwide tour, but that didn’t stop the latter visiting the cast during his time off from the Rock Of Ages Musical. In pictures obtained by The Mirror, the documentary-maker was pictured making her way towards a five-star hotel after performing in Birmingham with professional dancer Aljaž Škorjanec, 29. The Grimsby-born pro was reportedly seen walking to the same hotel just one minute later. There is no evidence to suggest the pair spent the night together, however a Strictly Come Dancing insider told the publication Kevin’s visit to the city “speaks volumes” of their close bond.
The source said: “There was no reason for Kevin to slog all the way to Birmingham to see her perform.
“The fact he did speaks volumes about where they were in their relationship.”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Stacey and Kevin for comment.
At the time of the tour, Stacey was thought to be single after splitting from her boyfriend Sam Tucknott, 30, of five years.
Kevin is also believed to be single following his split from his third wife Karen Clifton last year.
At the weekend, Sam said he found text messages from Kevin on Stacey’s phone, one which he found during the early stages of Strictly.
He told the Mail On Sunday: “I noted it but at the same time I didn’t want to bring it up with Stacey.
“I didn’t want to rock the boat. I didn’t want her feeling awkward. She had my full trust and support.”
After their split, Sam said he found another message from Kevin on Stacey’s phone which he insists confirmed they are seeing each other.
He added to The Sun: “I was getting my stuff to leave. Stacey was in the loo. Her phone went and it was Kevin Clifton – ‘I love you’ with a red love heart.
“I grabbed the phone and confronted her. She said she’d tell me everything.”
He went on to say Stacey had told him she had fallen for the professional dancer, but insisted she wasn’t “entertaining or texting” Kevin until after their break up.
Following Sam’s candid interview, Stacey took to Twitter to address “utter nonsense”.
In view of her 282,000 followers, she commented: “Anyone with any adult life experience knows there are 2 sides to every story.
“I haven’t got the time or energy to correct some of the utter nonsense I’ve read on here.
“Re Sam, I loved him v much and only wish him happiness and success going forward.”(sic)