Kevin Clifton, 36, and his wife Karen Clifton, 36, confirmed their split last year but have remained friends and professional dance partners. After moving on from their separation with her new man, opera singer David Webb, Strictly Come Dancing favourite Karen took to Instagram to share an honest message with her 161,000 followers earlier this week. She uploaded a video which showed her stretching and performing yoga moves on a mat, surrounded by her two pet pooches. “After a long and very much needed break for my entire self in which I don’t really get the chance to cause I’m a workaholic and never really knew the art of resting,” (sic) she wrote. “I am slowly starting to get back in shape and doing my favourite workouts and stretches at my own pace with the company of my two precious rescue dogs Betty and Marley.”
Speaking out about giving herself a break to rest and recuperate after a busy few months on Strictly, Karen continued: “Not gonna lie I’ve eaten everything you can possibly think of and I’m quite happy that I gave my body the chance to heal and breathe after intense months of dancing, deprivation of sleep and believe it or not sometimes not fuelling my body with enough food because of hectic schedules…”
The Venezuelan-born beauty admitted she felt “out of shape” but that she now felt ready to get back into the swing of things with her fitness after some down time.
“It’s okay to say it even tho people might think that I’m a robot and I workout and dance even in my sleep but I don’t,”(sic) she said.
“I’m just a woman that eats burgers and feels bloated during that special time of the month and doesn’t want to wear anything tight,” she added frankly.
“But now I feel rested and inspired to get back on the saddle and ready to sweat and be kind to my body in the right way,” Karen penned.
“It’s okay to take time out. I am now learning that it’s ok to not always be on the go but just because we are standing still doesn’t mean we won’t get to where we need to be if we are efficient, smart and quite frankly just happy.”(sic)
The video also showed Karen doing pilates moves to strengthen her core as she showed off her fitness regime.
While his ex has revealed she is returning to her routine after a break, Strictly star Kevin recently spoke out about his own health kick.
In an interview with OK! Magazine, he announced he had ditched drinking last year.
“I’m not much of a party guy,” the fan favourite told the publication as he spoke out about touring with Rock of Ages.
“I gave up drinking 10 months ago so I’m a ‘cup of tea and Match Of The Day’ guy after a show.
“Nothing specifically happened to make me give up,” Kevin continued. “I just wanted to take my health seriously so I can continue dancing for as long as possible.”
The Grimsby-born dancer said he didn’t miss alcohol, adding: “I feel good and I’m in good shape.”
Earlier this week, Kevin opened up about his split from Karen during an appearance on Lorraine.
After both stars were confirmed to be returning to Strictly for the 2019 series, he said they still work well together and remain good friends.
“I think because we’re still been dancing together, we just did a tour together after that [their split], and we work together on Strictly, yeah, we do have a big respect for each other,” he told host Lorraine Kelly, 59.
“And we just decided that it didn’t have to be sort of argumentative or difficult.
“We just though, you know what, let’s stay friends. Let’s just work through it in as calm a way as possible. And it’s all good.”
Tonight, Kevin will be taking his place on the panel for All Star Musicals as he turns his hand to judging for the celebrity talent competition.
All Star Musicals starts tonight at 6pm on ITV.