‘He has let us down’ Strictly star Karen Hauer breaks silence on family separation | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Karen Hauer has served as the longest-serving female professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing after joining the show in 2012.

The 39-year-old, born in Venezuela, moved to the United States at the age of eight.

The professional dancer discussed how “failure” was never an option for her, as she addressed the difficulties her mother faced with raising three children.

Karen opened up in a candid conversation with Louise Minchin on the former BBC breakfast host’s Push Your Peak Podcast.

The dancer explained that her father left the family a year after they arrived in New York.

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“I was always very focused because I wanted to do good for my mother.”

She continued, “I had to be responsible because I didn’t want to be a hassle because she had so many other things to worry about.”

“And you, almost… I mean my brother and sister, we were all the same. We had to be focused because none of us wanted my mom’s bad side.”

Louise commented, “That’s very powerful and motivating on every level.”

“Absolutely,” agrees Karen. “I think sometimes as a minority and as a woman…I’ve always been an immigrant wherever I went.”

She continued: “I went to the US as an immigrant. I have come to the [UK] as an immigrant.

“But this is my home now. I love that.”

“The US became my home when I was there. But I’ve become very much a part of this country. I’ve always wanted to belong and be part of a family and a structure.”

She added: “Because my structure wasn’t there from the start. I think if I kept a good structure to myself, it would keep me on track.”

Two years after moving to New York, she won a scholarship to the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.

She studied African, Contemporary and Ballet before transitioning to ballroom and Latin at the age of 19.

After moving to the UK, Karen is still successful as a dancer on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

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