Stacey Dooley emerges amid claims her ‘relationship with Kevin Clifton sparked split’ – Daily Mail

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Stacey Dooley emerges amid claims her ‘relationship with Kevin Clifton sparked split’ – Daily Mail

Stacey Dooley was spotted out and about in London on Saturday, just days after reports she had split from boyfriend Sam Tucknott.

The broadcaster, 32, cut a casual figure in a cosy navy blue jumper and white jeans, as she showed off her ‘j’adore’ foot tattoo in simple black loafers.

It comes amid reports that Stacey had split from Sam after three years together, with sources also claiming that their relationship ended due to the presenters’ close relationship with Strictly pro Kevin Clifton.

Low-key: Stacey Dooley was spotted out and about in London on Saturday, just days after reports she had split from boyfriend Sam Tucknott

Cutting a laid-back figure, Stacey sported a cosy blue jumper and white trousers as she headed out with a suitcase in hand, finishing her ensemble with black loafers.

The Strictly Come Dancing champion finished her ensemble with simple sunglasses, and ensured that her ‘j’adore’ – French for love – tattoo was on full display.  

Stacey’s outing is one of very few since it was reported she had split from boyfriend Sam, as the star also appeared on Channel 4 live show The Last Leg on Friday night. 

However the star recently confirmed she would be jetting to the US in the coming days, to commence work on a new documentary about bounty hunters.

Quirky: The broadcaster, 32, showed off her intricate ankle tattoo, which spelled out ‘j’adore’ – which is French for love

Low-key: Stacey cut a casual figure as she stepped out in London, days after reports she had split from boyfriend Sam after three years together

Truth: Stacey took to Instagram on Friday to confirm she would be jetting to the US in the near future, to work on a new documentary about bounty hunters

Taking to Instagram Stacey wrote: ‘Our film on international arms dealers is in the edit, whilst we are getting ready to fly bk to the states to follow bounty hunters.’  

As she headed into the capital, Stacey also confirmed to fans she would be appearing on weekend favourite Saturday Kitchen. 

It was claimed on Saturday that Stacey’s relationship with Sam came to an end due her close relationship with dance partner Kevin Clifton.

Although there is no indication that Stacey and Kevin’s relationship was romantic, their growing closeness was allegedly the final straw for her former boyfriend.

Insiders told The Sun that Stacey’s ‘connection’ with Kevin caused a rift between her and Sam amid claims she barely spent any time at their Bristol home during her time on the show.

Questions: It was reported on Thursday that Stacey had split from beau Sam, amid claims they had barely seen each other since her Strictly stint

 Controversial: Sources have since claimed that Stacey’s split from beau Sam was triggered by her close relationship with Strictly pro Kevin Clifton

The insider continued: ‘It definitely didn’t help their relationship, especially towards the end. It didn’t help that Stacey and Kevin remained friendly after the series.’

‘During filming in December Sam had been vocal about her dancing with a single man and was really paranoid that they were going to split because of the show, with rumours he had become insanely jealous — even though she insisted there was nothing for him to worry about.’ 

This comes as Stacey reportedly barely spent any time at home with beau Sam since winning Strictly Come Dancing last year, according to The Sun, amid rumours they have gone their separate ways.

Absent: Stacey reportedly barely spent any time at home with beau Sam Tucknott since winning Strictly Come Dancing last year

The broadcaster was apparently ‘away for weeks’ while filming for the show and has ‘only been seen once’ at the couple’s home since taking the trophy.

The claims come after it was revealed Stacey struggled to maintain her romance with the personal trainer, 30, as insiders claim their lives have gone in ‘different directions’ after she won 2018’s edition of the contest in December.

Although neighbours claim that the couple haven’t been sighted together much over the last few months, Sam is thought to still be living in the Brighton flat. 

A resident told the Sun: ‘She hasn’t really been around since she won Strictly, I don’t think I’ve seen her more than once since then.

They added that it appeared that Sam had been living by himself, although they couldn’t confirm when the last time they saw him was either. 

The neighbour continued: ‘Often Stacey was away for weeks and I think when they were filming Strictly she was hardly here at all. No-one has seen her and no-one has seen them together in months.’ 

MailOnline has contacted Stacey’s representatives for further comment. 

Busy: The broadcaster was apparently ‘away for weeks’ while filming for the show, though he always supported her by appearing in the audience during the live shows

As news of the split broke, insiders claimed their lives have gone in ‘different directions’ over the course of the last few months.

A source told the publication: ‘Stacey confided in her friends that she was struggling to hold down her romance with Sam because her life has been a whirlwind after Strictly. 

The insider continued: ‘She barely saw him during the month-long tour and has gone straight back into filming documentaries and has been travelling all over the world.’

‘They have a close circle of friends who hope things might yet work out but it’s not looking likely. It was very emotional and has been tough on them both’, they added.  

The BBC star recently hinted her relationship with the fitness enthusiast was under strain as she labelled him ‘useless, annoying and messy around the house’ while reflecting on the ups and downs of their home-life in a candid interview.

Candid: She also recently hinted her relationship with the fitness enthusiast was under strain as she labelled him ‘useless, annoying and messy around the house’

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