The 43-year-old sportsman began a relationship with Russian dancer Kristina Rihanoff, 38, soon afterwards. My relationship with Matt was really hyped up, which was very painful for Vincent. I had danced with Vincent since I was 14.” In 2013, she married actor Jimi Mistry, who she partnered on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010.
Flavia, 36, spoke openly about falling prey to the curse herself in 2007 when she became involved with her celebrity partner, former East Enders star Matt Di Angelo. She had previously been romantically involved with Strictly professional Vincent Simone, who was her partner on and off the dance floor. “But, you have to understand, everything in my life had been about dance. “I was 27 when I started on Strictly and that was nine years ago. She and Vincent announced they were leaving Strictly in 2013 and are currently touring together with their stage show, The Last Tango. They have acting in them and they tell a story,” she explained.
I know it’s a competition but I think the relationships between the professional dancers are not as…
BBC's Strictly Come Dancing is much loved by both viewers and celebrity contestants, but with it comes its infamous "curse".
BBC presenter Natasha, 43, soon split from long-term partner Mike Barnard while Brendan, 39, reportedly dumped his fiancée and fellow dancer Camilla Dallerup, but the pair denied any wrongdoing.
In 2009 former boxer Joe Calzaghe split with his girlfriend of five years Jo-Emma Larvin just a week into the show.
Last year Georgia May Foote ended her relationship with boyfriend Sean Ward and started dating dance partner Giovanni Pernice soon after.
Strictly became known as cursed after a series of very public break ups from their participants, and ever since more and more fan favourites have succumbed to the 'curse'.
The pair have announced this will be their last tour but Flavia says despite all they have been through, they remain the best of friends. There was a point at which he probably wanted to tell me to sling my hook.
I certainly wanted to tell him to get out of my life for a while. I know it was upsetting for Vincent, and humiliating. “He would hate me to tell you this but he was so angry I’d won the Glitterball and he hadn’t. The dancing takes over for both of us and we are the best of friends.” Flavia said she has no plans to watch the new series of Strictly, which starts next Friday. I am not sure people are nice to each other any more.
Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff In the five weeks Welsh boxer Joe lasted in the 2009 series of Strictly, he broke up with his model girlfriend of five years and embarked on a steamy relationship blonde bombshell partner Kristina.
‘We had a chemistry, we liked each other,’ Kristina admitted.