Congratulations are in order as TV personality Stacey Dooley has welcomed her first child with professional dancer, Kevin Clifton. Dooley posted a simple snap to Instagram on 17 Jan., revealing that they have a daughter. The photo shows an envelope with “Minnie’s parents” written on the front as the couple unveil their Disney-inspired name. “Our Daughter is here. My little masterpiece! I’m COMPLETELY OBSESSED. Love you Minnie, Love you Kev x” reads the caption. Clifton then posted the same photo, adding that she is “The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen” and that he is “so proud” of his girlfriend.
Daisy Lowe, who is also expecting her first child this year, responded with “Oh congratulations!!! Sending you all the biggest hugs and all our love x x x” and Dermot O’Leary and Alex Scott were also quick to send their love, too.
The pair, who won the 2018 series of “Strictly Come Dancing” together before becoming a couple a few months after the final, announced they were expecting a baby together on 26 Aug. Dooley posted a polaroid snap of her wearing a black tank top exposing her growing bump. As part of the caption, she joked that it was becoming “impossible to hide” as she kept getting asked if she’d had “her tits done in LA”. Clifton, who has been married three times before but not had children, also posted on Instagram, adding that his girlfriend looked “beautiful pregnant”.
The 35-year-old had previously spoken of feeling the pressures of her biological clock as she filmed with nuns in early 2022 for her TV documentary, “Inside the Convent”. They encouraged her to prioritise her own happiness and life goals rather than focus on being childless. Just a few months later, she found out she was expecting, although the candid documentary-maker also told followers in a now-deleted Instagram story that she took the pregnancy test in the toilets of London department store, Selfridges! Oh, the glamour!
Dooley explained on 21 Dec. that she was heading to her penultimate day of work before taking maternity leave by posting a photo on Instagram of her wearing a turquoise bag. She added in the caption, “I haven’t got a steriliser yet, but I have got this completely impractical bag for expectant mothers so DON’T WORRY, (I’m gonna be great at this clearly)”. While she might have been self-deprecating in her comments, somehow we just know that Dooley and Clifton will be fab-u-lous parents.