Married Strictly dancer Karen Clifton leaves home with accountant eight years her junior after reports she’s ‘barely speaking’ to husband Kevin

Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Clifton has been spotted leaving home just minutes before a dashing accountant.

Karen, 35, left her London home in the early hours of the morning to attend rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing.

And just minutes later Stuart Wood, 27, left the same address – carefully avoiding being photographed with the married Strictly star.

The photos come after reports that her two-year marriage to fellow Strictly dancer Kevin Clifton, 35, is in trouble.

Despite persistent rumours about the pair – who have both been married before – Karen is still wearing her wedding ring.

The professional dancer went makeup-free and wrapped up in a brown coat with fur trim as she was ushered into a chauffeur-driven car.

She looked happy and relaxed despite the early hour.

Soon after, Stuart emerged wearing a blue T-shirt and jeans with a leather jacket.

He looked much less pleased with the early start as he got in the back of a waiting taxi.

Last week, the Venezuelan-born dancer seemed to brush off rumours that her two-year marriage is in trouble.

“Everything is fine – relationships take work,” she said at the OK! Beauty Awards.

But according to a source, Stuart is now convinced of a future with Karen.

“Stuart is absolutely besotted with Karen and thinks they might have a future together,” a source told The Sun.

“They’ve met up on a number of occasions over the past few weeks and are getting to know each other.

“She’s been telling him that there could be a future for them and despite working on her marriage with Kevin there is hope for Stuart that they might eventually elope together.”

Last week we reported that cracks are already starting to appear in Kevin and Karen’s relationship.

Show insiders claim the pair, who wed in 2015, are barely speaking to one another – and insist the show’s gruelling schedule is not helping.

Not least because the pair are frequently forced apart with Kevin in Scotland training with celebrity partner Susan Calman .

Karen and her contestant, Simon Rimmer , were ejected last month.

A source told The Sun: “Kevin has spoken to some of those close to him and admitted things aren’t going well between them at the minute.”

The allegations will further fuel rumours of a so-called Strictly curse, which is supposedly responsible for numerous relationships hitting the skids.

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