Karen Hauer's ex-husband has spoken out following their split, claiming Strictly Come Dancing was to blame for the breakdown of their marriage.
The professional dancer, 41, tied the knot with Jordan Wys-Jones in an intimate ceremony last June, but things sadly came crashing down just 16 months later. While Karen is yet to address their split, Jordan opened up about struggling with Karen's commitments to Strictly which left him alone at home.
"It’s a bit of a love story, a sad story," he told MailOnline. "I’m incredibly sad not to be in Karen’s life, and not on this journey with her but we’re not right for each other in terms of her career."
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Jordan continued: "I will always admire her for her career but it took her away from me a lot. She’d be away and I’d be at home on my own."
Karen is currently the longest serving professional on Strictly, having started back in 2012. Jordan added that despite admiring Karen's dedication to her career, their views on having children differed while he still had his heart set on becoming a father.
"Karen's dedicated to her career, which she has worked really hard for," he said. "She's amazing and I admire her for it. That's one of the reasons I wanted to marry her – because of how powerful she is.
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"But we wanted different things. There was a plan about having children but then there wasn't a plan". The former couple discussed having children when they first met, however, Jordan realised Karen's feelings had changed when he was alerted to a magazine article.
In the interview with Hello! magazine, the Venezuelan-American dancer revealed she was unsure about having kids. "When we first met, we discussed it. You do say things like, 'I want to have kids'," Jordan explained. "And she'd mentioned to me that she wanted to have kids with me.
"But in the interview, Karen said 'kids aren't the future' – which did make me sad. I've always wanted to be a father." The fitness professional admitted he became "vacant" in their relationship and they eventually realised they weren't right for each other.
Recalling the moment they decided to go separate ways, Jordan explained: "There were tears on both sides. A lot of tears and sadness. We didn’t want to let go of each other but we’re also not right for each other.
"If we’d stayed together and we didn’t have a family, I felt I would have ended up resenting her. This is the perfect moment for us to love each other and leave each other.”
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