Strictly Come Dancing's professional dancers Karen and Kevin Clifton announced their shock split in March.
And now 36-year-old Karen has opened up about needing therapy following the breakdown of her marriage.
Despite still dancing together on the BBC show, the star has revealed she took “a big hit” following their separation and now suffers with anxiety.
“I had to realise that I’m 36 years old. I’m not a kid and it has taken me a lot of therapy and life coaching to get through this,” she told the Daily Mail.
Speaking about her split going public, Karen continued, “It was an intense time that prompted anxiety. I found the split very hard to deal with and I panicked.
“We weren’t perfect but we were a normal couple who began to have rocky moments and we didn’t know how to handle it.”
This comes after fans went wild during Saturday night’s first show when the former couple – who were married for three years – reunited for the opening romantic routine.
Putting their marriage woes aside, Karen and Kevin, 35, looked happier than ever as they danced to Elton John’s Your Song alongside their Strictly co-stars.
Speaking about her time on the BBC show, Karen credited Strictly as “the glue” that kept the couple together, but also admitted it took it’s toll on their romance as they didn’t have enough time for each other.
“Because of work you don’t address the problems”, she said.
“It’s very hard to pay attention to your relationship when you’re paying so much attention to work. Eventually we both accepted that we couldn’t make it work.”
Karen then added, “It was too late. We thought we were compatible with one another and we thought our relationship was going to be the best thing. It turns out that it wasn’t.”
Meanwhile, the pro dancer is currently partnered up with EastEnders actor Charles Venn and the pair wowed the judges on Saturday with their Cha Cha Cha.
Even Craig Revel-Horwood commented, “Decent movement, confident. I really enjoyed that”, before scoring them a six.
FROM: Woman, our sister site. Written by Naomi Bartram.