17/12/2018 08:56 GMT

'Strictly Come Dancing': Karen Clifton Congratulates 'Brilliant And Patient' Estranged Husband Kevin Clifton

The couple announced their split back in March.

Karen Clifton has praised her “brilliant and patient” estranged husband Kevin, after his ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ win. 

Kevin and his celebrity partner Stacey Dooley beat off stiff competition to become the 2018 champions on Saturday and sharing a snap of the pair on Instagram, Karen had nothing but kind words to say about her ex. 

“So proud and extremely happy for you guys,” she wrote. “Kev - 5x finalist and you finally did it!! Your hard work, patience and pure brilliance paid off. So proud of you.”

Turning her attention to BBC Three presenter Stacey, Karen added: “You are what Strictly is about girl!! My hero x Love you both.”

When Kevin and Stacey’s win was announced live on Saturday, it didn’t go unnoticed that Karen was the first person to run over to the pair. 

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Karen Clifton 

“You did it!” she shouted, prompting plenty of viewers to burst into tears

Kevin and Karen announced they were splitting up in March, after three years of marriage.

At the time, Kevin said: “We wanted to do this now and let everyone know that actually privately we’re not together anymore, but professionally we are stronger than ever.

“Dance is how we came together and has been the glue that held us together for years now.”