Even in the early days, the couple had found it difficult to find much time to be together, and, as Kara had pointed out to me, Artem’s visa meant that he could not stay permanently in the country.
Their chemistry – especially when lifting the Glitterball trophy as champions – was palpable.
Appearing on Strictly Come Dancing seems to put a curse on relationships that is every bit as potent as a picture spread in Hello!
After Rachel Riley, Susanna Reid and Ben Cohen broke up with their other halves after appearing on the show, Kara Tointon now confirms to Mandrake that she and Artem Chigvintsev are also dancing solo.
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is currently in a relationship with Hannah Tointon.
With days, weeks and months of getting up close and personal in the Strictly Come Dancing training room, it’s hardly surprising that so many celebrities and professional dancers end up sharing more than just a Tango.
The so-called ‘Strictly curse’ has become its own entity, with many couples becoming romantically involved during or after their time on the show.
Miss Tointon, who grew up in Southend, played Tara, Joe Thomas' on-screen girlfriend in the hugely-successful Inbetweeners.
Her sister and former East Enders star Kara Tointon, was born in Basildon.