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‘Strictly Come Dancing’: 11 Past Stars Who Fell Victim To The 'Curse'

From Susanna Reid and Rachel Riley, to Caroline Flack and Matt Di Angelo

23/09/2016 15:46

While it’d be easy to think that the hardest thing about ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is learning how to tell your Argentine Tango from your Viennese Waltz, the celebs taking part face a much tougher task - avoiding the infamous ‘Strictly’ curse.

The curse claimed its first victim in 2004, when newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky split from her partner after appearing on the show.

Since then, plenty of other celebs have seen their relationships fall apart during, or just after, their time on ‘Strictly’.

Most recently, Georgia May Foote and her ex-boyfriend went their separate ways, only to begin dating her professional partner Giovanni Pernice, though the two sadly split right before training began on the new series.

Check out the other ‘Strictly’ stars whose relationships didn’t quite go the distance below…

  • Rachel Riley
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    The 'Countdown' presenter announced her split from her husband just weeks after her stint on the show. Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Rachel and her partner Pasha Kovalev are dating, however, she remains insistent that 'Strictly' had nothing to do with her marriage split.
  • Sunetra Sarker
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    Sunetra split from her husband of 10 years just before filming for the 2014 series began.
  • Susanna Reid
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    Susanna's marriage ended in February 2014, weeks after she finished as a runner-up in the competition. Susanna is still living with her ex, Dominic Cotton, and their two children.
  • Caroline Flack
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    Flackers and boyfriend Jack Street have called time on their relationship, according to reports. The former 'Xtra Factor' presenter dated the music manager for 18 months.
  • Ben Cohen
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    Ben denied rumours that he was romancing his pro partner Kristina Rihanoff, though he later split from his wife Abby days after photos of him and Kristina looking cosy on the tube were posted online.
  • Matt Di Angelo
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    The 'EastEnders' star reportedly first hooked up with Flavia Cacace during their time dancing together on the 2008 series - on which Flavia's boyfriend Vincent Simone was also a dancer. However, they weren't together for long...
  • Jimi Mistry
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    Just a year after getting together with Matt, Flavia ended the relationship after finding love with her new dance partner Jimi. The couple married in 2013.
  • Joe Calzaghe
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    Boxer Joe and pro dancer Kristina Rihanoff initally denied romance rumours when they were paired together in 2009, however Joe split from his girlfriend just weeks later. Joe and Kristina later confirmed that they were a couple, before splitting after four years together.
  • Dani Harmer
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    'Tracey Beaker' star Dani split from her boyfriend just days after filming began in 2012.
  • Natasha Kaplinsky
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    Newsreader Natasha and Brendan were plagued by romance rumours when they were paired up for the first ever series of 'Strictly' in 2004. Despite being insistent that they weer just friends, Natasha and Brendan both split from their partners shortly after winning the series.
  • Georgia May Foote
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    Georgia entered 'Strictly' while in a relationship with former 'Coronation Street' co-star Sean Ward. However, just after the series ended, the couple announced their split, and it wasn't long before she embarked on a relationship with dance partner Giovanni Pernice. 

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