Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton argue over 'verbal contract'
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Stacey Dooley, 34, has shared a surprising insight into her relationship with boyfriend Kevin Clifton, 39. The documentary filmmaker detailed her initial concerns about Kevin’s new on-stage job in Singin’ in the Rain following his exit from Strictly Come Dancing.
Stacey went on to share an aspect of Kevin’s latest role that “breaks her heart”.
Speaking during a joint appearance with her beau on her BBC Sounds podcast Stacey Dooley: Fresh Starts, the star revealed she was a little apprehensive before watching Kevin perform in the West End production for the first time.
Stacey told listeners: “I went to go and watch Kev last night for the first time, I just thought it was completely brilliant, I enjoyed every single second.
“I was worried initially because I thought, ‘this is going to go on and on’, because it’s quite long…”
“It is quite a long show,” Kevin admitted, acknowledging his girlfriend’s fears.
“I was worried about how far away the interval felt,” Stacey added.
Seeming unfazed by Stacey’s admission, Kevin, who was partnered with his now-girlfriend on Strictly in 2018, quipped: “You’re not a theatre-goer are you?”
However, Stacey was quick to hit back, branding Kevin “extra” for the way he acts when they go on a date to the theatre.
She said: “I hate it – whenever I go to the theatre with Kev, he’s so extra because it’s his world, it’s his scene, and he really enjoys it, he doesn’t want to be distracted in any way.
“He talks to me like I’ve never been to the theatre before, like I’m totally unaware of the etiquette.
“So he’s like, before we’ve sat down, once we’ve sat down, just before it’s about to start: ‘Have you turned your phone off?’
“And I’m like, ‘Kev, I understand!’”
Defending his actions, Kevin explained: “Because it’s the most embarrassing thing in the world if you’re sat with someone in a theatre and their phone goes off!”
Stacey argued: “But how many times do you need to ask babe?
“It’s like I’ve never ever been in a theatre before, pre-Kevin Clifton,” she teased.
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The couple went on to discuss Kevin’s nerves ahead of his audition to land his “dream” role as Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain, due to his lack of tap dancing experience.
Kevin recalled: “So, going into the audition, I’ve got to embody Cosmo as much as possible, even if my tap dancing isn’t as outstanding as the breakdown required.
“But I’ve walked into this room and it’s like, the director Jonathan Church, who is this very well respected director, and the choreographer, and Adam Cooper.”
Stacey then interjected to share that Kevin’s admiration for his co-star Adam “breaks her heart”.
She emotionally told listeners: “Kev loves Adam and it breaks my heart!”
Kevin explained: “He’s dance royalty, he’s Royal Ballet, he was the original black swan for Matthew Bourne in Swan Lake, he’s Billy Elliot in the film when Billy Elliot’s grown up.”
“He’s really graceful isn’t he? He’s a beautiful dancer,” Stacey agreed.
Kevin continued: “He’s the top level – if you know dance, Adam Cooper is like the king of the UK and he’s in the room, stood there, and I’m just going, ‘what am I doing here?’ Because the guy before me is clearly a great tapper.
“And I’m stood in this room with all these well respected people, and I’ve got to sort of make something happen.”
Fortunately, Kevin had no reason to worry, as the tap dancing lessons he took to get the role had clearly paid off.
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