Dancing On Ice star Brianne Delcourt has revealed that she’s quitting the show after a decade-long run to return to her native Canada.
The 39-year-old skater has already moved into a home overlooking the scenic Lake Ontario with her fiancé Kevin Kilbane, 43, and her three-year-old daughter, Gracie.
Of her decision to quit the ITV show, she told Hello!: ‘It has been a back-and-forth question mark in my mind for some time now.
Last dance: Dancing On Ice star Brianne Delcourt has revealed that she’s quitting the show after a decade-long run to return to her native Canada. Pictured in 2014
‘The hardest part will be missing my DoI family and I have so much to thank the show for, including introducing me to my absolute soulmate in Kevin.
‘I’m 39 – 40 in February – and I’ve been on the road for so long and as a working mum – a single mum. I really had to work hard for everything on my own. The show has been a huge part of my life and part of Gracie’s too.’
Brianne and former Everton footballer Kevin have been spending time in Canada over the past few months, after arriving just before the COVID-19 lockdown.
Canadian dream: The 39-year-old skater has already moved into a home overlooking the scenic Lake Ontario with her fiancé Kevin Kilbane, 43, and her three-year-old daughter, Gracie
Insisting that her life in Canada, Brianne said that while she plans to return to the ice, she’s keen to now focus on her ‘other passion and dream’, which is her family.
She said: ‘We’re now planning the wedding but for next summer, and one hundred per cent we are going to get married in Ireland with a dream castle still on the cards.’
Brianne and Kevin were partnered on Dancing On Ice earlier this year and became engaged after just two months of dating.
And last month, Brianne told her followers she was ready for the next chapter with Kevin and her daughter Gracie, three, after selling her house.
Lovebirds: Brianne recently shared a slew of snaps on Instagram as she isolated with her fiancé Kevin, 43, in her native Canada
Sold! Brianne also shared a snap of herself and her daughter posing next to her house, which she sold for over the asking price.
One photo shared by both Kevin and Brianne showed the pair cosying up in their front garden as they enjoyed a morning coffee.
Brianne also shared a snap of herself and her daughter posing next to her house, which she sold for over the asking price.
She penned: ‘@kdkilbane77 Thank-you for being my biggest support and my best friend in life. I couldn’t have done any of this without you (literally) lol. NEXT • CHAPTER’.
Kevin later shared a sweet snap of Brianne and her daughter exploring the beach.
Love at first sight: The couple, who were partnered on Dancing On Ice earlier this year, became engaged after just two months of dating
Brianne and Kevin first met in October when they were partnered on Dancing On Ice, and they have been in a relationship since December.
The couple then got engaged just two months later after being eliminated from the show, with Kevin popping the question at a steakhouse in London.
Discussing the reaction over their whirlwind romance and engagement, Brianne mused: ‘We wake up every day and say how blessed we feel.
‘I feel like I have known Kevin forever. I wish I had met him 20 years ago.’
Beach trip: The professional skater appeared to be making the most of the relaxed lockdown rules as she got a haircut and visited the beach recently
Former footballer Kevin, who played for the Republic of Ireland national team -has two daughters, 16-year-old Elsie and 14-year-old Isla, with his ex-wife Laura, who he split from in 2011 after 12 years of marriage.
Canadian skater Brianne raises daughter Gracie, three, with an unnamed ex. She has appeared on Dancing On Ice since 2010.
Brianne has hit the headlines with her past relationships, having previously romanced her Dancing On Ice celebrity partners Matt Lapinskas and Sam Attwater as well as Danny Young, who was partnered with Frankie Poultney.
Cute couple: Brianne and Kevin first met in October when they were partnered on Dancing On Ice, and they have been in a relationship since December