10 couples hit by the Strictly Come Dancing Curse: Ore Oduba's dance partner Joanne Clifton 'splits with boyfriend'

10 couples hit by the Strictly Come Dancing Curse: Ore Oduba's dance partner Joanne Clifton 'splits with boyfriend'

Every year BBC's Strictly Come Dancing is on, the 'Strictly Curse' is ALWAYS mentioned.

The curse - which involves relationships falling apart during or just after the show – claimed its first 'victim' in 2004, with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and her professional dance partner Brendan Cole, and hasn't stopped since.

And now, Joanne Clifton has become the TENTH Strictly star to be struck, after reportedly splitting from boyfriend Joseph Edward-Bader.

A source told The Sun: "The relationship broke down and everyone’s a bit in shock."

10 couples hit by the Strictly Come Dancing Curse: Ore Oduba's dance partner Joanne Clifton 'splits with boyfriend'

The source added: "She’s taken it really badly and is struggling at the moment."

Speaking on ITV's Loose Women following the show, her Strictly partner and 2016 winner Ore Oduba had previously also joked that he too had become victim.


Joined by his wife Portia, the couple confessed they'd barely seen each other recently.

They were asked if Portia got along with BBC sports presenter Ore's dance partner, Joanne.

10 couples hit by the Strictly Come Dancing Curse: Ore Oduba's dance partner Joanne Clifton 'splits with boyfriend'

Portia replied: "Massively! We were going out for dinner, we were texting, we were talking about make-up and clothes."

Ore, laughing, said: "I was the third wheel! There was a lovely moment towards the end of the series where Portia had work and she came and joined Jo and me after a session and we went into town.



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