Stacey Dooley dating her Strictly partner Kevin Clifton, says her ex Sam Tucknott
Stacey Dooley is dating her 'Strictly Come Dancing' partner Kevin Clifton, according to ex-boyfriend Sam Tucknott.
The 32-year-old TV presenter and Sam ended their five-year relationship earlier in 2019, and Sam has now claimed to have learned of Stacey and Kevin's relationship via text.
He claims Kevin sent a text to his 'Strictly' partner that read: "I love you."
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday newspaper, Sam explained: "The blame is with Kevin. He's an absolute rat."
Sam added that he and Stacey had already agreed to split when he discovered she was dating Kevin.
He recalled: "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 I needed to know."
According to Sam, Stacey subsequently confessed to falling for Kevin during their time on the show.
She wrote: "Sam, I know you hate me at the moment.
"But you saw I didn't start entertaining and texting him (Kevin) until I split up with you. I was not with you when we started it all.
"I did fall for him but when we were done. I will tell you anything you want to know."
Sam - who was left feeling heartbroken by the news - replied: "I don't hate you Stacey. I hate what you've done."
Despite feeling upset, Sam thinks discovering the truth was a "blessing".
He explained: "I needed a sign because I wasn't going to be told - I'd be left in the dark for the next two or three months.
"I actually felt relief - the shock came later. I got closure from Stacey within a second. For me, the blame is mainly with Kevin."