Strictly Come Dancing star explains Strictly ‘curse’ after romance: ‘It’s only natural’

Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole made a name for himself as one of the original line-up of professionals on the BBC show when it began in 2004. The first ever series wasn’t without its headline-grabbing happenings, after it emerged the 43-year-old New Zealander had struck up a romance with his celebrity partner Natasha Kaplinsky, 46, following his highly-publicised split from his fiancée and fellow dancer Camilla Dallerup, 45. Speaking out about the so-called ‘curse’ in a new interview with the Sunday People, Brendan said relationships between those taking part in Strictly are “only natural” to a degree. Calling the partnerships “intense”, he said:  “If you go to work with somebody every single day — hands on — and you’re working towards the same goal and you’ve got chemistry and this incredible experience that everyone loves to talk about, it’s only natural it’s going to happen occasionally.

“I’ve probably said more than enough,” he added.

Brendan, who was dropped from the professional line-up on Strictly ahead of last year’s series, previously revealed he and newsreader Natasha hadn’t had an affair.

“I didn’t cross any lines with Natasha,” he told the Daily Mail. “I was single.

“Camilla had ended the relationship very early on in the series, so what happened happened after that.

“It was a harrowing time — winning the show as much as my friendship with Natasha,” he continued.

“On the other hand, it was like, Holy Moses. It can ruin a marriage so easily.”

In the years which followed Brendan, who is now happily married to Zoe Hobbs, and Natasha, who has since tied the knot with Justin Bower, striking up a romance after being partnered on Strictly, many stars are said to have been hit by the ‘curse’.

Fans will remember 2018 contestant Seann Walsh, 33, being snapped kissing his professional partner Katya Jones, 30, on a night out just weeks into the competition.

At the time, the comedian had been in a relationship with British actress Rebecca Humphries, 31, for five years.

The kiss occurred on her birthday while she was waiting for him at their home.

The pair subsequently broke up.

Katya, meanwhile, is married to Strictly pro Neil Jones, 37, and, after issuing a public apology alongside Seann, she insisted their relationship was “fine”.

Last month, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Katya Jones spoke out on finishing Strictly Come Dancing to start a family with her husband Neil.

Elsewhere, other celebrities to have split from their significant others after appearing on Strictly include Louise Redknapp, 44, and Georgia May Foote, 28.

Stacey Dooley, 32, split from her boyfriend Sam Tucknott, 30, earlier this year, having won the show in December, and is now reported to be in a relationship with her dance partner Kevin Clifton, 36.

Ben Cohen, 40, ended his relationship with his wife Abby Blayney before finding love with his professional partner Kristina Rihanoff, 41.

Elsewhere, Rachel Riley, 33, also split from her husband after joining Strictly and later got together with her partner Pasha Kovalev, 40.

The couple are now expecting their first child together.

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