See how the actress and dancer's relationship has evolved

Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev‘s love story begins when they both sign up for Strictly Come Dancing in September 2010.

Artem joins the show as a professional and is partnered with actress Kara.

Kara and Artem are said to be ‘really flirty’ in rehearsals but her representative insists they’re ‘just good friends’.

Kara hints at a blossoming relationship with Artem in December 2010.

‘If he asked me out, and we were getting on as well as we are getting on now, I might think about it and say, maybe yes,’ she says.

‘It’s quite a tease to end up with him, isn’t it? But we are having a nice time, that’s all I’ll say.’

In December 2010, Kara and Artem are named the winners of Strictly Come Dancing.

After being encouraged by runner-up Matt Baker, they kiss on the lips for the cameras and their romance is finally confirmed by Artem’s mum Anna.

‘They make a beautiful couple which fills my heart with pride and joy. I like the girl. And I respect my son’s choice,’ says Anna.

‘He’s very fond of her. To me this is everything that matters and she seems to like him, too.’

Artem opens up about his feelings for Kara in January 2011.

‘I love many things [about Kara]. She’s the most kind person I’ve ever met and takes care of me all the time like no one has before,’ he says.

In October 2011, it’s reported that there are cracks in the couple’s relationship. However, a year later they’re still together.

‘When I’m with him I really do feel all woman. He doesn’t even like to see me carrying a shopping bag,’ says Kara.

Unfortunately, they’re forced to defy break-up reports again in December 2013. In October 2014, Kara confirms that they’ve split for real.

What else has happened between Kara and Artem? Read on to find out…

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