The ex-boyfriend of Dancing With The Stars professional Karen Byrne has left the dance school they ran together – after it was revealed the Dubliner is now dating Jake Carter.
Karen, who won the glitterball trophy in March with the 20-year-old singer, ran the school with her boyfriend of eight years and professional dance partner Wojtek Potaszkin, near her home in Ballyfermot.
The couple split up in recent months and now Wojtek has confirmed he’s stepping away from their business – days after it was reported Karen has been on dates with Jake.
Wojtek said he had “no choice” but to leave the school.
Writing on Facebook, Wojtek added: “With a very heavy heart – after beautiful 5 years full of love, loyalty, hard work and honesty I am left with no choice and will no longer work under the umbrella of ‘Karen & Wojtek School of Dance’.
“I want to thank all the teachers, dance parents and especially all the dancers that I will always love eternally for their trust in my knowledge, experience and love to the art and sport of dancing.” Wojtek also said he intends on opening up his own school.
He added: “This week of lessons and exams under my own name will go ahead as planned. I’m still fully available to all of you individually.
“My own school will open shortly, for the details contact me in private.
“I love You all, Wojtek.”
Last week, a representative for Jake confirmed the Liverpudlian musician and his dance partner are dating since Karen’s split from Wojtek.
Since DWTS ended, Karen has attended a number of red carpet events with Jake and he even brought the dancer on stage during one of his concerts.
Speaking to the Irish Daily Mirror about his chemistry with Karen during the show, Jake admitted he had a crush on the Dubliner, replying “who doesn’t” when questioned during an interview.
However, Jake insisted he was just “great friends” with his pro partner.
He said: “We just get on so well, we’ve really clicked. We’ve been putting in 12 hour days together so it makes it so much easier that we get on. I’ve never laughed as much.”
Source: Celebrity News Ireland