Posing in black fishnet stockings, velvet hot pants and purple bra, this is married Strictly star Karen Clifton’s new squeeze showing off his more feminine side.
Stuart Wood, 27, said to be smitten with Karen, 35, as her marriage to fellow dancer Kevin Clifton hits the rocks, is pictured posing in a polka dot crop top for a rugby fancy dress party.
His father said Stuart had never heard of the Venezuelan-born dancer before they met recently and that he had been on holiday in Spain when he saw pictures of them together.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Brian Wood said: ‘I think it’s just unfortunate that he has been caught up with a celebrity that he was unaware of.
‘We were abroad when we saw the newspaper headlines and the s**t has hit the fan, so I knew there was a possibility of more about it.
‘Hopefully, all of this will die down as quickly as possible because it is upsetting my wife quite a lot.’
‘Just for laughs’: Posing in black fishnet stockings, velvet hot pants and purple bra, this is married Strictly star Karen Clifton’s new squeeze Stuart Wood showing off his feminine side
Stuart Wood, 27, is said to be besotted with Karen, 35, (both pictured) as her marriage to fellow dancer Kevin Clifton hits the rocks
Dates: Stuart (left) and Karen (right) have been pictured out together a number of times
Mr Wood, from North Berwick, in Scotland, said his son was an athletic amateur rugby star who played for the Newcastle Falcons during his university days and was ‘just having a laugh with the lads’ in the photograph.
‘He’s a young guy having a laugh, but Jesus. I haven’t seen that before. He’s not a cross-dresser. It is more likely it has been a rugby night out in Newcastle because he plays rugby quite a lot.’
Meanwhile friends have described rugby-playing Mr Wood, who was pictured leaving Karen’s flat in west London on Saturday morning, as an ‘extrovert’ and a ladies’ man.
But they said Karen’s new squeeze, who was living with a girlfriend three weeks before being pictured with the dancer, is intense and his relationships tend to fizzle out within a year.
‘Stuart is very extrovert and an intense sort of guy,’ a friend told Mail Online.
‘He seems to go out with women for about a year and the relationships just burn out. ‘He can be very intense and the women he dates find that too much.’
Karen was pictured leaving her home just minutes before Stuart on Saturday morning amid claims they’ve been ‘dating’ during a rocky patch in her marriage with co-star Kevin
Pensive: Karen was still wearing her wedding ring despite claims her marriage to fellow dancer Kevin ‘is over’ as she walked her dog Betty near her London home
All change: Karen had previously brushed off any claims of trouble between herself and Kevin, as she insisted the pair are ‘working on their marriage’
Another friend told MailOnline Mr Wood, who studied as a quantity surveyor at Northumbria University and works as a construction project manager for Turner & Townsend, is moving to Houston, Texas, in the New Year for work.
The added that he had been openly talking about his move to America and included his previous girlfriend in his exciting plans.
‘We were at a fireworks party and he was telling people how excited he was about the move, the friend said.
Stuart is described as a rugby-playing ladies’ man by his friends, who say he is quite intense and his relationships burn out quickly
‘He said he was going with his girlfriend as she was ‘the one’. The move was early in the New Year and he was talking as if they had a future together.
‘Then we read about his suppose romance with this Strictly Come Dancing star. It is unbelievable.’
Karen’s two-year marriage to dancer Kevin is said to be over as the couple have barely spoken to each other in months, according to Strictly sources.
A source close to the couple told MailOnline that ‘heartbroken’ Kevin can’t accept that their relationship is over – and was ‘alone’ behind-the-scenes on the show at the weekend.
The insider says: ‘Poor Kevin is heartbroken. It’s making it very difficult at Strictly as all the dancers knew but Kevin did not want to accept that his marriage is over.
‘But sadly the writing is on the wall. She was ignoring him throughout the show.
‘Kevin was on his own before and after the show in the green room.
‘ At one point he was outside looking very upset on the phone after the show .
‘ Everyone feels sorry for him as he still in love with her. But it’s also very awkward for the other dancers as could cut atmosphere with a knife.
Meanwhile Karen has broken her silence on the marriage split to Kevin, saying “nothing is perfect”.
Close: Stuart, who is moving to Houston, Texas, with work as a construction project manager for Turner & Townsend, was pictured on Sunday walking with Karen and a female friend
Karen takes a stroll with two girlfriends and her dog amid claims that her two-year marriage to Strictly’s Kevin is over. He has reportedly moved out of the flat that they share together
Karen continues to wear her wedding ring despite sources suggesting that her and Kevin are barely speaking to each other. He is reportedly struggling to accept that their marriage is over
She said: “We’re a regular couple, we’ve been together for seven years, and like any other relationship, you have ups and downs.
“Nothing is perfect,” she added before saying they need “to keep pushing” and work on their marriage.
“We just need to keep pushing. Relationships take work. It’s not as easy as you think, especially being in a job like Strictly.
“We’re not a superhuman couple, we’re normal, so when things happen, we fight.”
But despite this, Karen was still wearing her wedding ring as she walked her dog Betty on Tuesday.
Wearing a pink winter coat, scarf and baseball cap, her ring finger was visible through her fingerless gloves, and her wedding band was firmly in place.
Happier times: Karen and Kevin, who have both been married before, have a lucrative dance tour planned for next year. Their representatives have refused to comment on split rumours
Karen looked serious as she walked along, carrying her mobile phone in her hand as well as the dog lead.
A friend said: ‘They have been rocky for about a year now, but were still living together until recently.
‘Kevin and Karen’s split isn’t really anything to do with [this], as they were already having trouble.
‘Things are very difficult for both of them, as they obviously have to rehearse together for the Strictly pro dances but they are trying to be civil and professional.’
Representatives for the Cliftons have been contacted for comment.