'It's not as easy as people think': Karen Clifton admits she is 'working on her marriage' to fellow Strictly pro Kevin... after he apologised on dance show
Her two-year marriage to Kevin Clifton was last week plagued by rumours of strife.
And Karen Clifton admitted that the couple were 'working on their marriage' at the Ok! Magazine Beauty Awards on Tuesday, saying relationships 'aren't easy'.
Just two days ago, Kevin publicly apologised to her on Strictly Come Dancing for 'not being the easiest person' to live with as he was eliminated from the competition with Susan Calman.??
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Relationship difficulties:?Karen Clifton revealed she was 'working on her marriage' with fellow Strictly star Kevin, at the Ok! Magazine Beauty Awards on Tuesday
Karen was flying solo on Wednesday, showing off her toned dancer's physique in a plunging sheer black dress.
She looked sensational in the quirky ensemble, which featured a scallop trim, white polka dots and layers of ruffles.
The Venezuelan beauty paired the sheer frock with a faux-fur black scarf and completed the look with pointed stilettos.
She styled her caramel blonde bob into loose waves and showed off her natural beauty with a soft-focused make-up look.
The professional dancer was joined by fellow Strictly stars Janette Manrara, Kristina Rihanoff and Oti Mabose at the cosmetic award ceremony. ?
Dancing duo: Karen admitted that her marriage to Kevin Clifton, a former dance professional on Strictly Come Dancing ?(pictured), isn't as easy as people think
Dressed to impress: The 35-year-old showed off her toned physique in a plunging sheer black dress at the star-studded event
Reunited: The professional dancer was joined by fellow Strictly stars Janette Manrara, Kristina Rihanoff and Oti Mabose at the cosmetic award ceremony
Karen's red carpet appearance comes after cracks allegedly appeared in her and Kevin's seven year relationship, with the former spending increasing amounts of time in Scotland as he trained his current dance partner, Susan.
Addressing the rumours, Karen told The Sun on Tuesday: 'We're just a regular couple, we've been together for seven years and like any other relationship you have your ups and downs and nothing is ever perfect so you make it work.
'Everything is fine. It adds a little bit of spark to the relationship and it just means that we care about each other.'?
Strained: Karen's red carpet appearance comes after cracks allegedly appeared following 35-year-old Kevin frequent trips to Scotland to train with Susan Calman
She added: 'We just need to keep pushing and relationships take work, it's not as easy as you think, especially being in a job like Strictly.'?
Kevin and Susan were eliminated on Sunday night's show with the professional dancer admitting to co-host Tess Daly: 'When Strictly is on I'm not the easiest person to live with. I go a bit mad.
'So I'd like to say first of all thanks to my wife for putting up with me.'
Karen previously admitted their marriage is nothing like the perfect union it appears, and that their domestic fights often result in them sleeping separately.
'We're not a superhuman couple, we're normal, so when things happen, we fight,' she told The Daily Mail in August.
Apology:?Kevin apologised to his wife and fellow pro dancer Karen as he and celeb partner Susan (above) were eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing, admitting he is not the 'easiest person' to live with during the show run
Emotional: As Kevin and the Scottish comedian received the devastating news they would be leaving the competition, Kevin admitted to co-host Tess Daly: 'When Strictly is on I'm not the easiest person to live with. I go a bit mad.'
Candid: He continued: 'So I'd like to say first of all thanks to my wife for putting up with me'
'We fight about things like him not taking the rubbish out. He does it more than me but that's only because I tell him to do it.'
The stunning brunette joined the show in 2012, and met Lincolnshire-born Kevin when he joined a year later.
At the time, he had been married to fellow dancer Clare Craze for six years, but they split that same year. Striking up a romance with Karen, he married her two years later.??
Dynamic duo:?The Venezuelan brunette joined the show in 2012, and met Lincolnshire-born Kevin when he joined a year later. They tied the knot in 2015
The emotional revelation came as Kevin and Susan became the ninth couple to leave the competition on Sunday.
Susan, 43, was voted off after finding herself in a shock dance-off with favourites Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez.
Reflecting on her time on the show, Strictly super fan Susan departed the show with an emotional tribute to her partner Kevin, gushing: 'He may not have won the Glitterball this year but he's won Strictly for me.'?
Emotion:?The emotional revelation came as Kevin and Susan became the ninth couple to leave the competition on Sunday
Tense: It was tense when show favourite Alexandra Burke (left, with partner Gorka Marquez) found herself in the dance off for the first time
She then ended her speech by paying tribute to those who have supported her - most notably Kevin, who she gushed had changed her life by teaching her how to dance.?
She added: 'To my friends and my family and my lovely wife who's here every single week supporting me.?Most of all, I've made a friend for life and Kevin may not have won the Glitterball this year but he's won Strictly for me.'
Having formed a close bond on the show, the Grimsby native returned the favour by thanking Susan for being 'the epitome of joy' to work with.?
He said: 'I'd like to say a couple of thank yous actually; when Strictly is on I'm not the easiest person to live with, I go a bit mad so I'd like to say first of all thanks to my wife for putting up with me.'?
Having the best time:?Having formed a close bond on the show, the Grimsby native returned the favour by thanking Susan for being 'the epitome of joy' to work with
Not up to scratch:?The pair's stint on the show came to an end after they failed to impress the judges with their American Smooth to Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin
Shock:?However, the dance-off was made more shocking by the fact they were paired against Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez - who have topped the leader board multiple times
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