Karen Hauer addresses ‘cutting ties’ with ex Kevin Clifton ‘I care about him a lot’

Karen Hauer discusses reverting back to first husband’s name

Strictly Come Dancing professional Karen Hauer, 38, has revealed she has “respect” for all of her exes despite cutting ties with them as she discussed her friendship with ex husband Kevin Clifton, 38. The dancer is believed to be single following her split from David Webb in September last year.

When you cut ties and you’re still working together, you have to still treat it as business.

Karen Hauer

Speaking alongside her Strictly Come Dancing 2020 partner Jamie Laing, the dancer insisted it was “tough” to keep dancing with an ex after splitting up with them, but said such a partnership had to be treated like a “business”.

Karen split from Kevin, 38, back in 2018 after ten years together, three of which they were married.

While he has since moved on with Stacey Dooley, Karen said the pair still remain friends and have respect for each other.

She said: “I have a lot of respect for both of my exes and my previous ex.

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“I think that’s what’s important, when you cut ties and you’re still working together, you have to still treat it as business.

“And, it’s also out of respect, the respect that you build over the years.

“And that’s one of the things with someone like Kevin, I have a lot of respect for him and I care about him a lot.

“I think the nine or 10 years we were together we built a good foundation and yes, unfortunately things didn’t work out for us.”

“But, it’s the fact we’re still able to have that respect in the public eye and for each other.

“Whenever we see each other, anytime I’m in touch with him or anything like that there’s a respect, and why not?

“It just didn’t work out,” she added on Jamie Laing’s podcast Private Parts.

Karen and Kevin continued to dance together on tour following their split in 2018.

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She previously told Express.co.uk: “We’re very focused on what we love to do – dance has always been a big part of our lives and a big part of our relationship.

“Some other couples would find it very hard but we’ve always worked really well together so it has never been an issue.

“Of course, it’s not happy days all the time – but most of the time we are very focused on what we do.

“You put your egos aside, you put everything aside – it’s a clean sheet.”

Kevin began dating his former Strictly partner Stacey following her split from personal trainer Sam Tucknott after they won the show.

When asked if their relationship came as a surprise to her, she said: “As long as he was happy that’s all that matters to me, but no, relationships happen as long as they’re both happy I’m happy for them.”

The dancer went on to say of Stacey: “I love Stacey.

“She’s a great person, she’s fun and we absolutely get on.

“We get on really well so it’s lovely to have her on the [Strictly] tour.”

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