Karen Hauer is said to have a new man in her life (Picture: REX)
Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hauer is said to be dating again following her marriage split.
The dance star – who is the longest-serving professional on Strictly – is reportedly romancing an ex-rugby player and personal trainer named Simon Davidson, following her separation from Jordan Wyn-Jones.
Rumours first started swirling that their relationship was on the rocks when Karen, 41, walked the Pride of Britain Awards red carpet without her wedding ring on.
Sources later claimed she and Jordan were having a ‘tough time’.
Despite their turbulent split – involving ‘stolen’ engagement rings and confessions about not wanting children – Karen is thought to be loved up again after enjoying a break to the Lake District with Simon.
She and Jordan Wyn-Jones split in 2023 after one year of marriage (Picture: Brett Cove/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)
As per The Mirror, the fitness-mad pair were introduced by mutual friends from Strictly, Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez.
They were spotted together last month, at which point they were just friends, leaving the Strictly final on the same car.
However, sources claim things have escalated since and they are now an item.
‘Karen and Simon have lots in common, so when Gemma and Gorka introduced them, they hit it off immediately,’ an insider said.
They added: ‘Karen was keen to take things slowly and they were friends for a while at first. But gradually things became romantic, and though they have tried to keep their relationship quiet, they are now a proper couple.
‘Karen’s friends and family are thrilled, because 2023 was an incredibly hard year for her and all they want is to see her happy.’
Karen enjoyed a holiday recently with a fellow fitness fanatic, having been introduced by mutual pals (Picture: David Fisher/Shutterstock)
The Strictly star and Jordan’s split was ‘amicable’ last year, with Jordan himself later sitting down for an interview in which he opened up about feeling ‘incredibly sad’ about the whole thing.
He also admitted that he would’ve ‘ended up resenting’ Karen if they had stayed together and not had children.
‘This is the perfect moment for us to love each other and leave each other.’
Jordan – who married Karen in a dreamy ceremony at Chewton Glen Country House Hotel in the New Forest – added that there were ‘tears on both sides’ once they knew that their marriage was over.
However, Karen’s latest romantic developments come after she reflected on her 2023 and the ‘toxicity’ she encountered.
Taking to Instagram on New Year’s Eve, Karen – who was paired with Eddie Kadi last series – posted a poem about trauma.
Karen and Jordan’s split was ‘amicable’ (Picture: Instagram)
It read: ‘I thought the trauma had broken me, but really it gave my life direction.
‘The toxicity made me embrace communication and honesty.
‘The manipulation made me realign with my own power.
‘The narcissism showed me that selflessness is needed.
‘The chaos taught me to build boundaries.
‘The hurt showed me that healing and rebirth are possible.’
Karen captioned the post to say she is ‘moving forward’.
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They were set up by two Strictly lovebirds.