Kevin Clifton looks cheerful during dinner with friends

Strictly professional Kevin Clifton has yet to comment on his new romance with Stacey Dooley, but the dancer watched full of fire on Monday evening.

The popular Strictly Come Dancing pro flashed a huge smile as he went to a Nandos with friends, in the first sighting of the star since his relationship with his Strictly dance partner was revealed on Sunday.

The former friend of documentary maker Stacey revealed to the Mail On Sunday that Stacey had confessed the romance, just a few weeks after their split.

In love? Strictly professional Kevin Clifton has yet to comment on his new romance with Stacey Dooley, but the dancer looked full of courage on Monday evening

In love? Strictly professional Kevin Clifton has yet to comment on his new romance with Stacey Dooley, but the dancer looked full of courage on Monday evening

Kevin did not show any sign of stress when he stopped dinner on Monday evening during a break from his Burn The Floor tours, which starts this week.

Dressed in a colorful baseball cap and jeans, Kevin talked animatedly with friends when they arrived for the low-key dinner.

The dancer has yet to comment on his new headline-grabbing romance, but Stacey took it on Twitter to insist that & # 39; there are two sides to each story & # 39; after her ex Sam Tucknott Kevin & # 39; a rat & # 39; called.

New romance: the ex-friend of documentary maker Stacey revealed to the Mail On Sunday that Stacey had confessed the romance just weeks after their split

New romance: the ex-friend of documentary maker Stacey revealed to the Mail On Sunday that Stacey had confessed the romance just weeks after their split

New romance: the ex-friend of documentary maker Stacey revealed to the Mail On Sunday that Stacey had confessed the romance just weeks after their split

Good spirits: The popular Strictly Come Dancing pro flashed a huge smile as he walked to a Nandos with friends at the first sighting of the star since his relationship was revealed

Good spirits: The popular Strictly Come Dancing pro flashed a huge smile as he walked to a Nandos with friends at the first sighting of the star since his relationship was revealed

Pause from work: Kevin is busy rehearsing for his Burn The Floor tour starting this week

Pause from work: Kevin is busy rehearsing for his Burn The Floor tour starting this week

Good spirits: The popular Strictly Come Dancing pro flashed a huge smile as he walked to a Nandos with friends at the first sighting of the star since his relationship was revealed

Dinner: Kevin didn't show any sign of stress when he popped into the evening meal on Monday evening during a break from his Burn The Floor tours

Dinner: Kevin didn't show any sign of stress when he popped into the evening meal on Monday evening during a break from his Burn The Floor tours

Dinner: Kevin didn't show any sign of stress when he popped into the evening meal on Monday evening during a break from his Burn The Floor tours

Fresh claims on Tuesday suggest that the BBC documentary filmmaker was a five-year-old friend for the professional dancer to improve her career.

There are also rumors that Stacey, 32 and Kevin, 36, enjoy months of secret romance, with photos popping up from the same hotel in Birmingham in January.

Weeks after getting the Glitterbal trophy with Kevin in December, Stacey took part in the Strictly tour, but was separated from her partner who ruled herself from the live shows to focus on his own Burn The Floor tour.

Downtime: Dressed in a colorful baseball cap and jeans, Kevin talked animatedly with friends as they arrived for the low-key dinner

Downtime: Dressed in a colorful baseball cap and jeans, Kevin talked animatedly with friends as they arrived for the low-key dinner

Downtime: Dressed in a colorful baseball cap and jeans, Kevin talked animatedly with friends as they arrived for the low-key dinner

Romance: the professional dancer is said to have been in a secret romance with his Strictly partner for weeks

Romance: the professional dancer is said to have been in a secret romance with his Strictly partner for weeks

Smitten: The couple shared tight chemistry during their time together at the BBC show last year

Smitten: The couple shared tight chemistry during their time together at the BBC show last year

Romance: the professional dancer is said to have been in a secret romance with his Strictly partner for weeks

Calm: Kevin passed by unnoticed as he entered the Nandos branch for some food

Calm: Kevin passed by unnoticed as he entered the Nandos branch for some food

Calm: Kevin passed by unnoticed as he entered the Nandos branch for some food

Silence: The dancer still has to speak out on the headlines this week, but Stacey has been on Twitter on Monday after her ex-interview with the Mail On Sunday

Silence: The dancer still has to speak out on the headlines this week, but Stacey has been on Twitter on Monday after her ex-interview with the Mail On Sunday

Silence: The dancer still has to speak out on the headlines this week, but Stacey has been on Twitter on Monday after her ex-interview with the Mail On Sunday

Despite his hectic work schedule, Kevin made the long trip to Birmingham to show his support for Stacey on tour, cheering her while she danced with Aljaz Skorjanec.

Kevin, whose relationship with Stacey during the tour was an & # 39; open secret & # 39; was seen later that evening in a five-star hotel in the city, while Stacey, and the rest of the tour, came close after him.

As a Strictly insider said to the mirror: & Kevin had no reason to go all the way to Birmingham to see her perform. The fact that he did speak, says a lot about where they were in their relationship. & # 39;

Pals: Kevin was joined by a large group of friends for the informal dinner date

Pals: Kevin was joined by a large group of friends for the informal dinner date

Pals: Kevin was joined by a large group of friends for the informal dinner date

Miss someone? During the night, there was no sign of Stacey, who had been working with a low profile since the Strictly tour

Miss someone? During the night, there was no sign of Stacey, who had been working with a low profile since the Strictly tour

Miss someone? During the night, there was no sign of Stacey, who had been working with a low profile since the Strictly tour

Intense: Sam, who separated from Stacey after a five-year relationship in March, blames the new game on the intensive hours Kevin and the journalist spent together on Strictly

Intense: Sam, who separated from Stacey after a five-year relationship in March, blames the new game on the intensive hours Kevin and the journalist spent together on Strictly

Intense: Sam, who separated from Stacey after a five-year relationship in March, blames the new game on the intensive hours Kevin and the journalist spent together on Strictly

Support: Despite his hectic work schedule, Kevin made the long trip to Birmingham in January to express his support for Stacey on the Strictly tour (shown in December)

Support: Despite his hectic work schedule, Kevin made the long trip to Birmingham in January to express his support for Stacey on the Strictly tour (shown in December)

Support: Despite his hectic work schedule, Kevin made the long trip to Birmingham in January to express his support for Stacey on the Strictly tour (shown in December)

The January meeting came weeks before Stacey announced that after five years she had split off from her long-standing beau Sam.

Sam himself admitted in an interview with the Mail On Sunday that their relationship was under pressure at the end of last year when Stacey trained 14 hours a day with Kevin for their Strictly victory.

Insiders have claimed that Stacey, known for her tough BBC Three documentaries, dumped Sam for Kevin & # 39; because he was & # 39; better for her image & # 39 ;.

Close: There are rumors that Stacey and Kevin have been enjoying secret romance for months, with photos appearing in January from the same hotel in the same hotel in Birmingham.

Close: There are rumors that Stacey and Kevin have been enjoying secret romance for months, with photos appearing in January from the same hotel in the same hotel in Birmingham.

Close: There are rumors that Stacey and Kevin have been enjoying secret romance for months, with photos appearing in January from the same hotel in the same hotel in Birmingham.

According to the report, friends of Stacey had warned her that her flowering period behind Strictly Strictly could come to a halt if she continued in her relationship with personal trainer Sam.

A source said: & # 39; Getting on Strictly made Stacey a household name, but winning was her breakthrough. The team around her was preparing to get her into the mainstream spotlight. They felt that Sam could hold Stacey back. & # 39;

While Sam supported Stacey during both the Strictly live shows, memorable jumping from his seat during her victory with Kevin, and the tour, behind the scenes insiders were concerned about how he influenced Stacey's image.

Former flame: The January meeting came weeks before Stacey announced that she had split from her long-standing beau Sam, after having been together for five years

Former flame: The January meeting came weeks before Stacey announced that she had split from her long-standing beau Sam, after having been together for five years

Former flame: The January meeting came weeks before Stacey announced that she had split from her long-standing beau Sam, after having been together for five years

A source added to The Sun: & # 39; Sam came to the studio & # 39; s in a tracksuit a few times and there were raised eyebrows.

& # 39; The Stacey team wants her with someone who is sharp and shiny. Kevin has charisma, he is a household name and he is loved. Stacey knows that too – and for him too, it is easy that Kevin will help her lift her. & # 39;

Representatives for Stacey and Kevin have been contacted by MailOnline for comments.

On Monday, Stacey defended herself in a challenging tweet a day after her ex accused her of dumping him for Kevin.

Long days and nights: the couple spent 14 hours training together during their time on Strictly

Long days and nights: the couple spent 14 hours training together during their time on Strictly

Long days and nights: the couple spent 14 hours training together during their time on Strictly

Nothing bad to say: on Monday, Stacey defended herself in a challenging tweet a day after her ex accused her of dumping him for Kevin

Nothing bad to say: on Monday, Stacey defended herself in a challenging tweet a day after her ex accused her of dumping him for Kevin

Nothing bad to say: on Monday, Stacey defended herself in a challenging tweet a day after her ex accused her of dumping him for Kevin

The TV presenter, 32, wrote: & # 39; Anyone with an adult life experience knows that there are two sides to each story. I have no time or energy to correct some of the nonsense I have read here.

& # 39; Re Sam, I loved him very much and only wish him happiness and success in the future. & # 39;

Stacey broke her silence on the matter the previous day because she was tweeting about forgiveness.

There for her: Stacey received a lot of support from fans after her most recent post

There for her: Stacey received a lot of support from fans after her most recent post

There for her: Stacey received a lot of support from fans after her most recent post

Friendship: Kevin and Stacey, pictured together in December, had strong chemistry during their winning stint at Strictly

Friendship: Kevin and Stacey, pictured together in December, had strong chemistry during their winning stint at Strictly

Friendship: Kevin and Stacey, pictured together in December, had strong chemistry during their winning stint at Strictly

It comes a day after Sam revealed that he had confronted Kevin with his relationship with Stacey during a furious FaceTime call.

He told the Mail on Sunday: & # 39; He turned white. I just put it on him: "You are an absolute rat, how you have directed yourself, just a smooth, slimy snake." He didn't say a word. He looked petrified. He seemed so shocked. & # 39;

& # 39; I am so respectful [Stacey], but I am upset and disappointed and feel so let down that she didn't have the respect to tell me and just get clean. & # 39;

During the interview, Sam, who split from Stacey after a five-year relationship in March, blamed the potential match for the intensive hours Kevin and the journalist spent together on Strictly.

Hurt: Stacey & # 39; s five year old boyfriend Sam wrote Kevin as a & # 39; slang & # 39; and a & # 39; rat & # 39; for sending flirty text messages to Stacey

Hurt: Stacey & # 39; s five year old boyfriend Sam wrote Kevin as a & # 39; slang & # 39; and a & # 39; rat & # 39; for sending flirty text messages to Stacey

Hurt: Stacey & # 39; s five year old boyfriend Sam wrote Kevin as a & # 39; slang & # 39; and a & # 39; rat & # 39; for sending flirty text messages to Stacey

He said everything went well in their relationship until mid-November – when Stacey and Kevin performed at Strictly Come Dancing – and he noticed flirty text messages from the dancer.

Sam said a message that Stacey received from Kevin one Sunday morning: & # 39; I love to dance with you and spend every minute I can with you & # 39 ;.

The personal trainer said: & # 39; Maybe I was too naive. Looking back now, all the signs were there that I had lost Stacey, but I kept thinking we had made it difficult.

& # 39; I had proven to her for five years that I could handle leaving for a long time because the love I have for her is unconditional. & # 39;

But by the end of March, the couple had made arrangements to divorce and for Stacey to leave their home in Brighton.

At that time, Sam discovered a text message from Kevin confirming that they were having a relationship – and he decided to confront the dancer.

Flirty: Sam said that everything went well in their relationship until November - when Stacey and Kevin performed in Strictly Come Dancing - and he noticed flirty text messages from the dancer

Flirty: Sam said that everything went well in their relationship until November - when Stacey and Kevin performed in Strictly Come Dancing - and he noticed flirty text messages from the dancer

Flirty: Sam said that everything went well in their relationship until November – when Stacey and Kevin performed in Strictly Come Dancing – and he noticed flirty text messages from the dancer