It’s been rumoured for absolutely ages now that this particular break-up was the very first instance of the infamous ‘Strictly Curse’.
Now, almost 10 years later, the woman at the centre of it all – Camilla Dallerup – has revealed how the show left her ‘broken’ after her fiancé – Brendan Cole – was rumoured to be getting a bit too close to his dancing partner, newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky.
Nothing like a bit of good, old-fashioned Strictly salaciousness, eh?
Speaking to the boys and girls at The Mirror this week, Camilla described how the sudden ending to her eight-year relationship with Brendan on the show was ‘hurtful’, and that there were times on Strictly when she just felt like she was “crying inside”.
Awwww! Have a hug from us, Cams.
However, she revealed to the paper about how even before the live shows she had suspected something might develop between the pair:
“We were introduced to our respective partners. Brendan was over the moon. He literally skipped through the door when he came home and that was the moment I lost Brendan.”
“…Suddenly his thoughts were elsewhere. I had this terrible foreboding something awful was about to happen…he’d lost interest in talking to me – but he was more than happy to get up in the morning to watch her reading the morning news.”
By the way – Natasha has always denied there was ever a relationship – but Camilla was convinced that their closeness paved the way for the end of her own engagement to Brendan:
“To this day I have no idea whether it was her fame and celebrity that swept him away or if he really did feel a strong connection with her. I’m guessing it was probably a bit of both. It felt as if the fact that we’d just got engaged meant nothing to either of them”.
Camilla – who’s now married to the very fit actor Kevin Sacre off of Hollyoaks – said the whole experience of that first series made her feel ashamed and humiliated – no thanks to Brendan’s not very tactful handling of the situation:
“My parents came to one of the early shows. It should have been one of my proudest moments, instead I was filled with shame and humiliation Because, of all the shows to choose, Brendan chose that one to congratulate his partner by kissing her on the lips.”
“Right in front of the audience, and right in front of his future parents-in-law, he was kissing the woman I now thought of as my arch-rival for his love. I was broken.”
What a drama! Over to you, Brendan….
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