Strictly Come Dancing’s Karen Clifton has opened up on her "struggles" with a new tattoo.
The dancer has had a tough year, after her marriage to Kevin Clifton broke up earlier this year, and her competition on the BBC show was pretty tricky after she and Charles Venn ended up in the dance off countless times before finally being booted out.
And now, the star has posted an image of her getting some well-needed sun over her Christmas holidays, as well as a tattoo which is a "daily reminder" of her struggles and the "peace" which follows.
In two images showing off the circular symbol on her forearm, she said: "Unalome: The unalome symbol represents the path to enlightenment in the Buddhist culture.
Karen getting her tattoo
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"The spirals are meant to symbolize the twists & turns in life, & the straight lines are meant to represent the moment one reaches enlightenment, peace or inner harmony.
"And this, courtesy of @courtneylloydtattoos is my daily reminder of those struggles and the peace that often follows them."
Before posting this, Karen also shared an image of her laying on the beach, happily taking in the "Vitamin D" as she takes a rest from a difficult time in the UK.
Speaking to The Mail on Sunday back in september, Karen revealed how hard her year has been, and even that she needed therapy to move on.
She showed off the tattoo in the sun
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She said: "I’ve taken a big hit. I had to realise that I’m 36 years old. I’m not a kid and it has taken me a lot of therapy and life coaching to get through this. I have found it really difficult.
"It was an intense time that prompted anxiety,’ Karen says of those difficult few months. I found the split very hard to deal with and I panicked.
"We weren’t perfect but we were a normal couple who began to have rocky moments and we didn’t know how to handle it. Strictly was the glue that was keeping us together but it was also the workload that was leaving us with no time to communicate."
She also said the busyness of the series meant there barely had time to connect and communicate, meaning while they could communicate well professionally, it didn’t translate in the relationship.
She showed it off with a friend
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Karen’s ex Kevin and his dance partner Stacey Dooley triumphed on the show and took the glitterball after he earned a place in the final four times before.
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