Followers can be questioning whether or not the curse of Strictly has struck once more after former rugby union participant Ugo Monye splits from his spouse of 5 years – days earlier than he is because of make his debut on the present
Strictly Come Dancing’s Ugo Monye has cut up from his spouse simply days earlier than the brand new sequence of the present begins.
The previous England rugby participant, 38, was married to Lucy, 32, for 5 years.
With controversy at all times surrounding the celebs and their dance companions followers of the present can be questioning if the curse of Strictly has struck once more – nevertheless Ugo says Strictly had nothing to do with the couple’s determination.
Talking to The Solar he mentioned: “It’s been arduous. At instances issues have appeared a bit overwhelming nevertheless it’s been a tricky interval for us each.
“We weren’t in a risky relationship, we by no means hated one another and there was no third get together.
“Neglect the Strictly curse — it’s the Covid curse! We ended up the place we ended up.”
The couple, who met in 2014 have two daughters — Phoenix, 4, and Ruby, one.
Ugo reportedly moved out of the household house in West London just a few weeks in the past, however says the couple stay centered on doing what’s proper for his or her kids and are even contemplating a household vacation subsequent 12 months.
Nevertheless opening up in regards to the breakdown of his marriage he mentioned the enforced time the couple spent collectively as a result of restrictions of lockdown accelerated their determination to separate.
Ugo additionally admitted he had but to inform his mates in regards to the scenario as a result of the dialog can be “too painful”.
Ugo, who gained 14 caps for his nation and performed for the British and Irish Lions, will discover out at present who his Strictly dance accomplice is.
Whereas the curse of Strictly hasn’t struck Ugo, it seems it could have labored its magic on the present’s new dancer Kai Widdrington, who cut up from his long-term girlfriend earlier than he made his debut.
Former Britain’s Bought Expertise star Kai, 25, is because of sparkle in sequins subsequent month and had been seeing fellow dancer Giulia Dotta, 29, for 5 years.
However Italian Giulia’s agent yesterday confirmed the couple had cut up, remaining on good phrases.
Their doomed romance is simply the most recent in an extended line of affection bother linked to the BBC present.
The curse struck first in 2004, when dancer Brendan Cole and TV star Natasha Kaplinsky had been alleged to have had an affair within the first sequence.
A string of different stars then went on to cope with romantic ructions, together with actor Ricky Whittle, boxer Joe Calzaghe, Countdown’s Rachel Riley, TV presenter Susanna Reid, rugby union participant Ben Cohen, Corrie’s Georgia Might Foote, mannequin Daisy Lowe, singer Louise Redknapp and the late Caroline Flack.
A present supply mentioned: “Signing as much as Strictly is sort of a dying sentence for nearly any relationship.”
The brand new sequence of Strictly Come Dancing begins on BBC 1 on 18 September.