Nothing is perfect'Karen, meanwhile, had spent time in London and Manchester ahead of the current Strictly series, in which she was partnered with Simon Rimmer.
They have been married for two years and became a firm fixture on the BBC competition after Karen joined in 2012 and Kevin arrived a year later.
Despite putting on a united front during the show, Karen and Kevin have been on the rocks for a year and have been living separately since her tryst with a younger man.
Kevin reached out to Karen publicly, as he admitted to the show's co-host Tess Daly: 'When Strictly is on I'm not the easiest person to live with. 'So I'd like to say first of all, thanks to my wife for putting up with me.' Prior to his public display, Karen had previously admitted that the pair's marriage is nothing like the perfect union it appears and that domestic fights often result in them sleeping separately.
Emotional: Kevin reached out to Karen, as he admitted to the show's co-host Tess Daly: 'When Strictly is on I'm not the easiest person to live with. Thanks to my wife for putting up with me''We're not a superhuman couple, we're normal, so when things happen, we fight,' she told The Daily Mail in August.'We fight about things like him not taking the rubbish out.
Nothing is ever perfect, so you make it work.'Downplaying rumours of a rift, she made sure to add: 'Everything is fine, it adds a little bit of spark to the relationship and it just means that we care about each other.' She added: 'We just need to keep pushing and relationships take work, it's not as easy as you think, especially being in a job like Strictly.' Kevin, meanwhile, is believed to have confided in friends that things 'aren't going well' currently between the married couple.
He touched on the strain between himself and Karen on his exit from this year's Strictly series, after Susan was voted out of the competition.
According to friends, they have been putting the ‘show ahead of themselves’ – and even agreed to dance an intimate routine together during Sunday night’s results show.
Hmm: Karen and Kevin Clifton added fuel to the split rumours as they appeared to steer clear of each other after performing on Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday - amid reports he is struggling to accept their marriage is over But away from the cameras, it is understood the pair – who have both been married before – have been under great strain and struggled to keep their marriage together.
But it’s also very awkward for the other dancers as could cut atmosphere with a knife.
As they refuse to comment on the troubles, the pair added fuel to the split rumours as they appeared to steer clear of each other after performing on Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday.
He is said to have spent increasing amounts of time in Scotland training his former Strictly partner Susan Calman for the show. It's claimed the starlet has enjoyed several meetings with Stuart, with sources claiming to the paper that the accountant is 'absolutely besotted' with Karen, despite her still being married to Kevin (above) Strictly's Karen Clifton looked super stylish at the Ok!