Strictly's Kevin Clifton breaks silence to pay gushing tribute to new love Stacey Dooley

STRICTLY’S Kevin Clifton has finally spoken about new love Stacey Dooley — saying she is a “miracle” after his recent “struggles”.

The pro, 36, who split from his dancer wife Karen last March, also complained about being in the limelight.

He was branded a “slimy snake” by Stacey’s ex Sam Tucknott, who revealed the pair’s secret romance to the Sun on Sunday last weekend.

Kevin 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.”

The three-times married dancer said new show Burn the Floor had helped.

And he paid tribute to dance partner Stacey for helping him to win Strictly.

He said: “Thanks to Miss Stacey Dooley, I can finally say I’m the Strictly champion after six years of trying. It’s a miracle.”

Kev, speaking at Burn the Floor’s first night in Southport, avoided talking directly about his latest love.

Stacey, 32, is in Colorado filming a documentary called Stacey Dooley and the Bounty Hunters: The Good, the Bad and the Deadly, about people who bring fugitives to justice for cash.

The couple got together after she split from Sam at Christmas.

The furious ex said: “I have no respect for Kevin. I’ve tried to meet him since to get ­closure, but he won’t do it.

“He’s an absolute complete f***ing rat with no b*****ks or decency to hear me out.”

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