Romances and heartaches following the so-called "Strictly Curse"
Much has been in the press about the so-called "Strictly Curse" whereby the popular BBC Strictly Come Dancing show has resulted in the celebrity and professional pairs getting together, and existing relationships breaking up as the pairs become too close.
I certainly remember well the very first series of Strictly when Natasha Kaplinsky and her professional partner Brendan Cole were rumoured to be more than good friends and fabulous dancers. Natasha ended her 12 year relationship with her partner and Brendon ended his engagement to then fellow pro Camilla Dallerup.
We then had the much talked about romance between Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace, whose rumba I remember was particularly steamy! At the time Flavia was dating her professional Argentine Tango partner, Vincent Simone, but Matt and Flavia later admitted a romantic alliance. This romance did not last, though, but all has now ended happily for Flavia as she and former contestant Jimi Mistry, who danced together in the 2010 series, tied the knot in 2013.
The 2010 series produced another much publicised romance between the winners Kara Tointon and her professional partner, Artem Chigvintsev. It appears from recent reports, though, that their relationship has now ended. Artem is now a pro dancer on the American equivalent, Dancing With The Stars, and no doubt is causing a stir amongst female viewers across the pond!
Professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff has been labelled a "man-eater" by some in the press as she got together with boxer Joe Calzaghe in the 2009 series. He split up with his girlfriend just a week into the show after being paired with the beautiful Russian. Kristina is now known to be dating her celebrity partner in the 2013 series, Ben Cohen. He has separated from his wife of 11 years who is now divorcing him.
Countdown star Rachel Riley separated from her husband of just 15 months when she got together with her professional partner of the 2013 series, Pasha Kovalev. They are still together and the press has reported she is not afraid of the "Strictly Curse".
Whilst the reports about the so-called "Strictly Curse" are intriguing to read about in the press it does bring home a truth often seen by me and I am sure other family law solicitors. Many divorces and separations are brought about by one person becoming too close to someone they spend a lot of time with, be that a work colleague, a friend, a dance partner or whoever. I guess it is a boundary which can be easily overlooked and crossed. Very often the divorce petitions I draft are based on someone's adultery or, even if that is not certain, based on unreasonable behaviour alleging an inappropriate relationship their spouse has formed with another.
We shall have to wait and see whether this year's Strictly produces any more victims of the "Strictly Curse". Whether it does not or I shall remain hooked as I remain an avid Strictly fan and always look forward to September when the next series starts!