Stacey Dooley gushes over ‘angel’ boyfriend Kevin Clifton as she says lockdown has made romance stronger and she is ‘fortunate’ to have him
They found love while partnered on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018.
The broadcaster, 33, revealed they are discovering the joys of domestic bliss in the home they bought during lockdown, while gushing over her other half.
Domestic bliss: Strictly Come Dancing series 16 winners Stacey Dooley, 33, and Kevin Clifton, 38, moved into their house during lockdown and dancer Kevin has discovered his green thumb in his new garden
Stacey said: ‘He is just an angel. I feel really fortunate to have him.’
Pondering over how she’d have dealt with the lockdown alone, she said: ‘I think if I’d have been single [during the lockdown], I’d have been so lonely. It breaks my heart, the idea that people had to go through this alone.’
BBC presenter Stacey also revealed her dancer beau has discovered a new talent since they moved into their new abode: gardening.
‘When the lockdown kicked off, we were in his tiny flat and I thought ‘We need a house.’ So we bought the house and have a garden—and Kev is never out of it.
She revealed she’s nicknamed her newly green-thumbed partner ‘Kev Titchmarsh’ after Love Your Garden presenter Alan Titchmarsh.
Not flying solo: BBC presenter Stacey, who previously lived with her Strictly partner in his tiny flat, said ‘it breaks her heart’ that anyone has had to go through the pandemic alone
Winning in love: The pair confirmed their romance weeks after wrapping the 2018 series of Strictly and have lived in domestic bliss ever since
Stacey has been offering fans a peek at the couple’s new abode on her Instagram, where she’s featured shots of the home’s gorgeous period features and airy décor.
Kevin, meanwhile, has used living in close quarters with the BBC presenter as an opportunity to be a bit cheeky.
Earlier this month, he recorded a video of his girlfriend working hard at home while wearing a face mask.
Stacey was clearly oblivious to Kevin playing paparazzi and was absorbed in her laptop in the shot uploaded to the dancer’s Insta.
Prankster: While Stacey has used Instagram to share pictures of the couple’s gorgeous period abode, Kevin enjoys pulling the occasional prank on his girlfriend, like this snap he posted of Stacey hard at work in a face mask
Laughing it off: The ginger documentarian found humour in the situation, joking her complexion is just as important as admin
He captioned the post: ”Meanwhile @sjdooley is doin admin and a facemask,’
Stacey saw the funny side luckily, reposting the snap to her own social media and declaring: ‘LOL when admin is important. BUT SO IS YOUR COMPLEXION.’
The pair met under the glitterball on Strictly’s 16th season and confirmed their romance weeks after the show wrapped.
Bad habits: While the couple has mostly gotten on, they have their quibbles like anyone else – Stacey said she hates it when Kevin doesn’t use coasters
Like any pair, they’ve admitted living together isn’t always easy—Stacey hates it when Kevin doesn’t use coasters—but appear to be as happy as ever.
Stacey recently announced she was stepping down from make-up artist competition The Glow Up and will be replaced by Maya Jama on the third series.
She also hosts UKTV’s Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over, where she visits families around the UK.
New face: Maya Jama is set to replace Stacey as host of BBC’s make-up contest Glow Up