Kara Tointon splits from Artem Chigvintsev
Former 'EastEnders' actress Kara Tointon and 'Strictly Come Dancing' star Artem Chigvintsev have ended their engagement after a three-year relationship
Kara Tointon has confirmed she and Artem Chigvintsev are no longer together.
The 'EastEnders' actress first met the professional dancer when she was partnered with him on 'Strictly Come Dancing' in 2010 but she's now revealed their relationship has come to an end.
She told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "We are not together.
"We're fine, but we aren't a couple any more. The reason I haven't spoken about it is because I hate reading about myself in that way."
It was reported earlier this year that they were no longer dating after the 31-year-old star was spotted on a night out without the Russian dancer - who is now starring on the US version of Strictly, 'Dancing with the Stars'.
And Kara admits their hectic schedules and the fact the terms of Artem's visa meant he was unable to stay in the UK on a permanent basis led to them calling it quits.
However, Kara is now looking to the future and is excited to be appearing in the new series of 'Mr. Selfridge' on ITV.
She said: "I finished filming for the show last week. It comes out in January next year. I play the eldest daughter of Harry Selfridge, her name is Rosalie. We're playing from 1919 so it's all period which is absolutely fascinating."