21/10/2016 17:21 BST

'Strictly Come Dancing': Karen Clifton Claims Will Young's Exit Was 'Unexpected'

'I love him to pieces and we had three amazing weeks.'

Strictly Come Dancing’ professional Karen Clifton has opened up about Will Young’s decision to quit the show. 

The pro-dancer, who was partnered with the singer on the BBC ballroom competition, has claimed his exit was “unexpected”. 

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Will Young and Karen Clifton
Will quit 'Strictly' earlier this month

Karen also insisted she would still be a part of the current series of ‘Strictly’ despite not having a dance partner, saying: “I’m going to be on ‘It Takes Two’ and possibly Children in Need. My husband Kevin and I have a tour coming up in 2017 and I’m staying in shape as much as I possibly can. I’m just staying positive.”

Karen’s fellow professional Brendan Cole previously defended her in the wake of Will’s exit, after various media outlets suggested she’d rowed with him. 

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Karen will still be a part of this year's series
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