Karen Hauer says her dog was her ‘saviour’ after divorce
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Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hauer spoke candidly about her split from Kevin Clifton this week. The 38-year-old professional dancer, who was married to him from 2015 to 2018, revealed all during an appearance on Samantha Baines’ podcast The Divorce Club.
Karen admitted that it was her rescue dog that got her out of bed in the morning and helped her to heal.
She said there were a couple of weeks following their split which were particularly “dark,” but knowing that she needed to care for her pet made her get up and leave the house.
The emotional BBC star sounded like she was in tears as she recalled that difficult period.
She said that Betty was her “saviour”.
When asked by the host if she remembered a “tough time” after her split, Karen said: “I think there were a couple of weeks that were dark.
“I had my friends coming to check up on me, and I had my dog, my rescue dog Betty.
“And I think she was my saviour.
“Because… Um, this dog was with me – is still with me – but I got out of bed because of this dog. To walk her,” Karen said through tears.
“And I remember crying, it was so cold outside, I would walk her out, put my hoodie on, I had this coat that would literally go over my face, and I would walk her because I knew she needed to be walked, but if anything she knew that I needed to be walked.
“I was the one that needed to be out of the house.
“And I would cry. I would take her around the block a couple of times and I would just cry, cry, cry.”
The ballroom dancer said that her dog was really well behaved during these outings and sensed that her owner wasn’t herself.
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“She wouldn’t bark at anything. She wouldn’t pull. She just walked with me and I would come home and she would just sit with me.
“She wouldn’t cuddle with me, Betty’s not a cuddler, but she would sit next to me and she knew that I was sad. She knew that I was not in a good place.
“And there were a couple of weeks like that, I was in a hole. But my dog, I rescued her, but she rescued me. She helped me,” Karen admitted.
She and Kevin tied the knot on July 11, 2015.
In March 2018, they announced that they were no longer a couple.
The Venezuelan-born star went on to date opera singer David Webb, however the pair went their separate ways at the end of last year, following a two year relationship.
Kevin is currently dating his former dance partner Stacey Dooley.
The Divorce Club podcast with Samantha Baines is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Podcasts now.
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