Karen Hauer, a Strictly Come Dancing pro, has offered a heartfelt letter following her divorce.
The Venezuelan dancer, who is the longest-serving pro on Strictly, divorced her spouse Jordan Wyn-Jones earlier this year after one year of marriage.
Confirmation came after the 41-year-old choreographer graced the Pride of Britain Awards red carpet without her wedding band, with insiders subsequently saying that Karen and Jordan were having a ‘difficult time’.
Their divorce has been anything from discreet, with Jordan claiming that their time apart due to Strictly ‘ruined’ their marriage.
There were also reports that Jordan removed Karen’s engagement ring without permission from a family member, which she has already returned.
Karen reminisced on ‘horror’ on New Year’s Eve 2023, taking to Instagram.
She shared a poem to her 316,000 followers with the caption: ‘2024 Moving Forward …. 🌪️’
‘I thought the trauma had broken me, but really it gave my life direction,’ the poem began.
It continued: ‘The toxicity made me embrace communication and honesty.
‘The manipulation made me realign with my own power.
‘The narcissism showed me that selflessness is needed.
‘The chaos taught me to build boundaries.
‘The hurt showed me that healing and rebirth are possible.’
Karen complemented the post with a sweet photo of herself out on a rural stroll, wearing a puffer coat and hiking boots and smiling in front of the lovely backdrop.
The dancer, who was matched with comedian Eddie Kadi in Strictly 2023, was swamped with words of encouragement from her fellow stars in the comments.
Johannes Radebe, Graziano Di Prima, and Amanda Abbington all reacted with red hearts.
‘Incredible❤️❤️❤️’, said comic Eddie.
‘You are soooo fine my love – moving forward to your very best life’, commented pal Rebecca Banks.
‘Whether it’s small steps or large strides, you’re still going in the right direction. Keep going! I’m proud of you; you got this, sis’, added user C8_ozhal.
Her post comes after Jordan shared how ‘incredibly sad’ he feels after their split.
Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, Jordan, 34, shared how hard it was for him and Karen to be apart as she trained for the BBC dance show and travelled for the tour.
‘It’s a bit of a love story, a sad story,’ he said. ‘I’m incredibly sad not to be in Karen’s life, and not be on this journey with her but we’re not right for each other in terms of her career.
‘I will always admire her for her career but it took her away from me a lot. She’d be away and I’d be at home on my own.’
Jordan, who married Karen in a dreamlike wedding at Chewton Glen Country House Hotel in the New Forest, adding that there were ‘tears on both sides’ as he and Karen acknowledged the end of their marriage.
He also stated that if they had stayed together and not had children, he would have ‘ended up resenting’ Karen.
‘This is the perfect moment for us to love each other and leave each other.’