Stacey Dooley planning to quit UK for America and wants to start a family

Stacey Dooley leaves the Village Hotel Club Watford the morning after winning the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 final. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)

Stacey Dooley is thinking about moving to the US and admitted she would love to start a family.

The documentary maker - who was crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing last year - is now dating her professional dance partner Kevin Clifton.

Dooley, 32, told Red magazine: "I love England, but I wouldn't mind living abroad for a couple of years.

"I do love America when I'm there. I would love a family. When I was making the fascinating families series, I thought it must be a beautiful feeling to have 'your team'. Maybe one day."

The TV presenter - who split from her boyfriend of three years Sam Tucknott after winning the BBC dance show - was born and grew up in Luton but has travelled the world as an investigative journalist.


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Dooley has insisted that her relationship with Clifton, 36, did not begin until after her split from Tucknott.

She said being at the centre of the 'Strictly curse' - which has seen multiple contestants on the reality show suffer relationship break-ups - could not compare to the things she had seen filming in war zones.

Dooley explained: "You have to allow people to think for themselves and you can't pass judgement. I don't let outsiders worry me too much, I really mean that.

"I'm in Iraq filming really remarkable women telling me they've lost their babies, you know? So, if somebody's gossiping or saying they don't like me, in the grand scheme of things, it's really not the end of the world."

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Stacey Dooley attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Stacey Dooley attending the Only Fools and Horses the Musical opening night at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Tuesday February 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Claudia Winkleman (left), Stacey Dooley, and Tess Daly (right) with the award for best Talent Show in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
File photo dated 14/05/17 of Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley who has said has said that Strictly Come Dancing offered a welcome escape from the pressures of her job.
Stacey Dooley and Aljaz Skorjanec attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Stacey Dooley (centre) and Aljaz Skorjanec perform during a photocall before the opening night of the Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2019 at the Arena Birmingham.
Strictly Come Dancing finalists Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton leave BBC Broadcasting House in London after appearing on the Chris Evans radio show.
Strictly Come Dancing star Stacey Dooley arrives at Blackpool Tower Ballroom for rehearsals ahead of Saturday evening's show.
Stacey Dooley arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Stacey Dooley in the winners photo area at the Virgin British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment

But she admitted she can't always ignore the haters.

She added: "I'm not going to kick off and argue with everyone but I am also not going to sit and smile like a nodding dog.

"I know who I am, I know the woman I want to be and I'm going to stick to my guns."

Earlier this month Dooley broke her silence on her split from Tucknott after he spoke to The Sun newspaper, branding Clifton "a slippery, slimy snake".

At the time Dooley wrote on Twitter: "There are two sides to every story."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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