Strictly pro seen hand in hand with new love after split from third husband

Strictly Come Dancing’s Karen Hauer is seen hand in hand with new love Simon Davidson (Picture: Stephen Crawshaw/ BACKGRID)

Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hauer has been spotted out and about with her new boyfriend Simon Davidson.

The professional dancer, 41, has appeared on the long-running BBC series since 2012 and over the years been paired with famous faces including Mark Wright, Jeremy Vine, Jamie Laing and most recently, Eddie Kadi.

Venezuelan dancer Karen was also previously married to fellow pro Kevin Clifton and last year split from husband Jordan Wyn-Jones, who she married in 2022.

Now she’s gone public with her latest beau, with the couple seen walking through Leeds today.

Karen had recently confirmed her relationship with the 34-year-old personal trainer, sharing a snap on Instagram of them cuddled up together during a countryside walk.

Then, on Friday, the pair were photographed together during a stroll.

The couple were introduced by Strictly star Gorka Marquez (Picture: Stephen Crawshaw/ BACKGRID)

The dancer was wearing a bright yellow coat and pulled the hood up on the oversized garment.

Meanwhile Simon dressed head to toe in black in a cosy padded coat as he carried his laptop in his arm.

It was recently revealed that Simon is a long-time friend of Karen’s Strictly colleague Gorka Marquez.

The pair were reported to have ‘hit if off immediately’ when being introduced by Gorka and his partner Gemma Atkinson, as reported by the Daily Mail.

They went Instagram official last weekend (Picture: Karen Hauer/ Instagram)

Simon and Gorka appear, with the former attending a birthday party for Gorka and Gemma’s daughter Gemma in 2022.

Simon works in marketing at Adidas, focusing on boxing, cricket and rugby and also competes in CrossFit events all over the world.

Over the years he’s also rubbed shoulders with many sporting stars, including 2012 Olympic champion Jessica Ennis and English cricket player Stuart Broad.

He went Instagram official with Karen last weekend, sharing a photo of them hiking in the countryside and writing: ‘Things can change in an instant. Try to live in the moment you never know what may happen.’

The professional dancer has appeared on the long-running series since 2012 (Picture: PA)

Their relationship comes just over a year since Karen split from her estranged husband of 16 months.

Karen and Jordan, 35, married in June 2022, however a source later told The Mirror after a ‘tough’ few months they’d split, but that it was ‘amicable’ and there was ‘no ill-will whatsoever’.

He later told The Mail on Sunday they were ‘not right for each other in terms of her career’ as she was away from home a lot which was also delaying his wishes to start a family.

Karen was previously married to former dance partner Matthew Hauer from 2000 until 2009, and later met and married Kevin, whom she then split from in 2018.

Strictly Come Dancing is streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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