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Flack not worried by Strictly curse

Caroline Flack has said she can't see how celebrities would fall victim to the love curse of Strictly Come Dancing.

The TV presenter, who partners professional dancer Pasha Kovalev this series and is in a long-term relationship with music manager Jack Street, said that if anything she thought taking part in the BBC contest would make a relationship stronger.

Asked if she could see why so many contestants in the past have ended up falling for their dancing partners or leaving their other halves, she replied: "Not really.

"If you're spending time with someone, then if you like each other you're going to like each other. But if you're in a good, nice place in your relationship then I think it can only make a relationship better. Because I'm happier."

Caroline added that Pasha's girlfriend Rachel Riley, who partnered him last series and got together with the dancer after splitting from her husband, had been supportive of them throughout the show.

She said: "I've spent every day with Pasha and she's been really supportive of us. It's been weird, because we've spent every day together for the last 14 weeks, so you develop this really lovely friendship which would never have happened if it wasn't for Strictly."

Caroline, who has been a strong contender on the dancefloor, said of her progress: "I didn't realise that I had it in me. I didn't think I'd have the confidence to do it. I didn't really think I'd be able to get this far - definitely.

"It was more of challenging myself and now it sounds so cliched but I've sort of surprised myself with how much I've enjoyed it."

Caroline was speaking at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards, which was also attended by fellow Strictly contestants Frankie Bridge, Pixie Lott and Judy Murray.

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