Strictly Come Dancing's Karen and Kevin Clifton announce split after three years of marriage

One of Strictly Come Dancing's most popular couples, Karen and Kevin Clifton, have confirmed they have split following months of speculation.

The pair, who also dance together professionally, revealed the news during a live interview on Chris Evans' BBC Radio 2 breakfast show on Thursday morning.

The split comes after just three years of marriage.

During the interview, Kevin admitted:“Privately we are not together anymore but professionally we are stronger than ever before.”

He added, “We’re still the best of friends - we still have a lot of love and respect for each other.

“What we’ve found is that since we’ve been honest with each other it’s unlocked our creativity.”

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Karen praised her ex, saying: “We have such strong chemistry and it’s about entertaining and inspiring. At the end of the day it’s about giving back to fans. We’re feeling very positive.”

The pair went on to confirm that they would still be completing their UK tour together, which kicks off in October, with Kevin noting:“Dance is how we came together and is what glues us together."

However, it seems the couple are still in the dark about whether or not they will return to Strictly Come Dancing - but confessed they'd be delighted to be asked to come back.

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“We don’t know yet…we hope to. Well, we get told at the end of the year. If they were to ask back then we’d both be delighted to go back. We love Strictly.”

Fans went on to praise the pair for the honest interview, with one writing to Karen on Twitter: 'Just listened to yours and Kevin’s interview with tears in my eyes, and a heavy heart. That was so brave and so very honest with all your fans listening. I send you both my Love.'

Another posted: 'Thank you for being so honest about your relationship. I have massive respect for you both and I know this tour will be incredible!'

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Rumours that Karen and Kevin's marriage was in trouble first began back in November, when Kevin publicly apologised to his wife live on Strictly for 'putting up' with him during the show.

He confessed, “When Strictly is on I’m not the easiest person to live with, I go a bit mad so I’d like to say first of all thanks to my wife for putting up with me.”

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The couple met back in 2009 on dance show Burn the Floor. In a past interview with the Daily Mail, Kevin revealed how the pair got together.

"We got to know each other as friends first," he shared.

"We’d both been through a lot and we understood each other. One night we went out and I told her I was going to put my cards on the table, that I wanted to be with her. She said that was what she wanted too and that was it."

Kevin then proposed live on stage in 2013 and the pair were wed in July 2015.