Newly single Karen Clifton enjoys a wild night out with Strictly pal AJ Pritchard

The newly single dancer was seen laughing and joking with her friends as she partied the evening away in London's Soho.

The Strictly Come Dancing star – who confirmed her split from husband Kevin Clifton last month – was seen engrossed in conversation with her co-star AJ at the Archer Street cocktail bar.

Dressed in a red summer dress and black leather jacket, Karen looked happy and relaxed as she had a cigarette outside the posh venue.

AJ in turn looked smart in a crisp white shirt and black trousers.

The pair looked in good spirits as they soaked up the party atmosphere.

Karen has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing since 2010 with her dance partner and former husband Kevin.

But The Sun exclusively revealed that the couple were set to divorce two months after their marriage was rocked by Karen having an affair.

It was thought she had tried to salvage their three-year marriage, but heartbroken Kevin couldn't forgive her fling with accountant Stuart Wood, 27.

She called time on her relationship with Stuart after apparently realising she'd "made a mistake".



Meanwhile, just last week Karen was spotted "kissing her new man" as they partied into the early hours at a theatre show after-party.

The dancer couldn't stop smiling as she left in a taxi with stage designer Jon Bausor

It's thought she turned up to support him at the launch of Bat Out of Hell, which opened at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End last Friday night.

Jon, who has designed the returning musical's set, apparently "couldn't take his eyes off" the dancer as they spent the night together at The Bloomsbury Ballroom in Holburn.

An onlooker told The Sun Online: "Karen had arrived at the after party with her friend Robbie Metoni.

"But when he left out the front door, Karen slipped out the side with her new boyfriend Jon.

 "Once they were out of sight they kissed before pulling apart when they saw the paps.

"They quickly hailed down a black cab and left together."

A representative for Karen said: "Karen and Jon are long term friends and she was supporting him on the opening night of his big show."



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