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23/09/2016 15:46 BST

‘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

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
    Rachel Riley
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    The 'Countdown' presenter announced her split from her husband just weeks after her stint on the show. In 2014, the pair confirmed they were dating, but she remained insistent that 'Strictly' had nothing to do with her marriage split.
  • Susanna Reid
    Susanna Reid
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    Susanna's marriage ended in February 2014, weeks after she finished as a runner-up in the competition. Mum-of-two Susanna continued to live with her ex, Dominic Cotton, in the months that followed. 
  • Caroline Flack
    Caroline Flack
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    Caroline and boyfriend Jack Street called time on their relationship, during her winning-stint on the 2014 series. The former 'Xtra Factor' presenter dated the music manager for 18 months.
  • Louise Redknapp
    Louise Redknapp
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    After reaching the final of the 2016 series, Louise began to be plagued with rumours her 19-year marriage to former footballer Jamie Redknapp was on the rocks. Months later, the couple confirmed they had gone their separate ways.
  • Joe Calzaghe
    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.
  • Ben Cohen
    Ben Cohen
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    While on the show, Ben denied rumours that he was romancing his pro partner Kristina Rihanoff, though he later split from his wife Abby. He and Kristina went on to confirm their relationship but remained insistent it had only began after the breakdown of his marriage. The couple now have one child together. 
  • Matt Di Angelo
    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
    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.
  • Natasha Kaplinsky
    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 were just friends, Natasha and Brendan both split from their partners shortly after winning the series.
  • Daisy Lowe
    Daisy Lowe
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    Daisy split from her boyfriend Bradley 'Frankie' Wade during her stint on 'Strictly' in 2016. The relationship was still quite new and the pair struggled to find the time to see each other with her commitments to the show.
  • Sunetra Sarker
    Sunetra Sarker
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    Sunetra split from her husband of 10 years just before filming for the 2014 series began.
  • Dani Harmer
    Dani Harmer
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    'Tracey Beaker' star Dani split from her boyfriend just days after filming began in 2012.
  • Helen George
    Helen George
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    Just after Helen announced she was one of the 2015 contestants, Helen also revealed she was splitting from her husband of four years, Oliver Boot. 
  • Georgia May Foote
    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. However, they split after less than a year together.
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