Stacey, 31 — who is now favourite to win the BBC1 show — says her personal trainer boyfriend Sam Tucknott is “insanely jealous” over her relationship with Kevin Clifton.
Newly-single Kevin, who split from his dancer wife Karen last year, and grew close to his previous dance partner Louise Redknapp, who then divorced ex-footballer husband Jamie.
Stacey — who has been dating Sam, 30, for three years — has overtaken YouTuber Joe Sugg, 27, as the favourite to win this series.
A show source revealed: “Sam has also been quite vocal about her dancing with a single man and was really paranoid that they were going to split because of the show.
“She says he has become insanely jealous even though she insisted there was nothing for him to worry about.
“Kevin and Stacey are very close, as is inevitable through the course of a show like Strictly, but they’re just trying to focus on winning the series.”
Sam, a former semi-professional footballer, has also fallen foul of Strictly bosses after he turned up to Elstree Studios in a scruffy outfit despite a strict dress code.
The source added: “He caused some scenes at the studio.
He was not suitably dressed to go in the audience, one week he turned up in an expensive tracksuit, and it was only because Stacey put her foot down that he was allowed into the studio audience where they usually have to be suited and booted.”
Stacey is a TV journalist best known for her work on documentaries and was given an MBE for her services to journalism in the 2018 honours.
Since 2011 she has presented her own show, Stacey Dooley Investigates.
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