Strictly Come Dancing 'curse' doesn't worry Louise Redknapp

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Louise Redknapp says she's not at all worried about the so-called Strictly Come Dancing curse.

Louise has been married to footballer Jamie Redknapp since 1998 and the pair have two sons.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper, Louise shrugged off the 'curse' that has been blamed on breaking up couples who compete on the show.

Louise said: "The 'curse' of Strictly doesn't worry me.

"I've been married for 19 years to my best friend... Jamie's my world, so it doesn't bother me at all."

Louise is dancing this year with Kevin Clifton, himself married to fellow Strictly pro Karen Clifton.

While the Strictly curse has been spoken about a lot, a study carried out back in 2014 suggested it really doesn't actually exist.

John Moriarty, a maths lecturer at Manchester University, crunched the numbers of all the Strictly series that had aired up to that point.

While the above average divorce rate, based on national census data, did point to some sort of 'curse', it turns out that when you look at the divorce rate based on occupation there is an interesting twist.

It so happens that the divorce rate of actors, showman, dancers and choreographers is notably higher - more than 8 times - than the average person, which leaves the break ups Strictly has seen over the years totally expected.

So it looks like there really is no Strictly curse but rather just a curse of celebrity marriages in general.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 returns next Friday and Saturday night on BBC One for its first live shows of the series.

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