Kevin Clifton ‘can’t stand’ parts of partner Stacey Dooley’s TV work: ‘I really struggle’

Kevin Clifton discusses Stacey Dooley's documentary work

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Former Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton, 38, has addressed how he feels about girlfriend Stacey Dooley’s, 34, TV work. Speaking with award-winning journalist and documentary maker Josh Baker, the star candidly admitted that he “can’t stand it” when his partner travels to dangerous parts of the world for her TV documentaries.

I really struggle, then I’m sort of Googling everything to do with it

Kevin Clifton

Speaking about surviving a bomb explosion in Iraq, the journalist revealed the impact it had on his partner, Amy.

He said: “We’ve got the audio somewhere of me calling her from hospital when I’ve been blown up in Iraq and she doesn’t believe it’s happened.

“I think that was a bit of a moment for her because that was the first time she realised, ‘Oh, he actually can get killed when he does these things'”, he added as Kevin agreed.

The journalist went on to say that the explosion drove home the understanding that he could get killed while working.

However, he said that his partner has found a new way to deal with him being away.

“But the more I’ve done it since I think she just goes back to a thing where she won’t allow herself to be worried,” he said.

He continued: “I mean no doubt the choice is – I mean nobody forces me to go to these places.”

The journalist continued to explain that he understands the pressure him being away in warzones has on his family.

“My choice in going there does put pressure on my family and my loved ones and that’s on me really I think, it’s hard on them.”

Turning to podcast host Kevin, the journalist said he must understand considering his girlfriend Stacey’s line of work.

“I mean you know it, Stace runs off and does mad things as well,” he said.

“Yeah, I can’t stand it,” the Strictly pro said before laughing.

He admitted: “I really struggle, then I’m sort of Googling everything to do with it.”

Joshua worked with Stacey Dooley on 2018 BBC documentary Face to Face with ISIS.

The half an hour programme follows Stacey and a woman previously held captive by Isis as she returns to Mosul before coming face to face with Isis in jail.

Speaking about his time with the flame-haired journalist, Joshua revealed that she had been worrying herself by looking on Twitter every night.

He said: “You know one of the things which killed me when I was with Stace in Iraq is – there was a lot going on in the country at the time and there was a way that we could manage it and sort of navigate it.

“You had to be very thought out and very careful,” he added.

“But bl**dy Stace would spend her entire evening on Twitter, finding herself in these mad Twitter holes with people saying the city we were in was about to be invaded and she’d just wig herself out all night.

“It was like, ‘Stace, you’ve just got to stop looking at Twitter I promise you it will be alright'” he told the star.

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