Dancing On Ice’s Kevin Kilbane’s heroic defence of daughter after disgusting footy chants

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Dancing On Ice star Kevin Kilbane couldn’t look happier as he beams next to his professional partner, Brianne Delcourt.

The pair are not only coupled up on the ice, they’ve found romance in real life to and former Ireland player Kevin can’t stop gushing about his new girlfriend.

Before his first performance on the ice he giggled about his new love.

Kevin said: “Bri and I have a lot in common, a lot of chemistry.

“We have hit it off. There has been a bit of attention in the papers. There’s a bit of pressure. I’m delighted. I couldn’t be happier.”

Brianne and Kevin love dancing together
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And even hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield couldn’t resist congratulating the couple, who met when they started rehearsals for the hit ITV show.

Holly said: “”Most people want to win the title, you’re going home with a whole lot more. You’re a tough teacher, how is it going?”

Brianne replied: “I’m definitely the boss on the ice. I allow him to be the boss at home.”

Dad-of-two Kevin has two daughters from his first marriage to wife, Laura.

The couple split in 2011 after 12 years of marriage but Kevin kept their separation secret for several years.

Kevin with hsi first wife, Laura, who he split with in 2011
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The 42-year-old has blamed the split on the couple being “naive” and settling down too young – after marrying when he was just 22 after four years together.

He told the Daily Record: “It’s difficult to talk about now because we’re not together, which you probably don’t know. I’m not with Laura, I’ve not been for two-and-a-half years. So it’s a difficult one.

“I was very young. When you do things like that you get swept up in emotions. Looking back now, I probably would change it.

“At that particular time, it felt right for me but as time moves on it probably isn’t that way. Again, I was very young, very naive.”

After the couple broke up, Kevin moved out of the family home but admits he was to blame for the split.

The pair looked so in-love after their performance
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He said: “When I moved to Hull in 2009, I was on the road a lot. I was away three and four nights a week. Then I was away on international duty for Ireland 10 and 15 days at a time.

“That’s what put pressure on our relationship. That’s probably why we ended up splitting up.”

Kevin found it hard to be parted from his two daughter’s, Elsie and Isla, and made sure he moved close by.

His eldest daughter, Elsie, has Down’s Syndrome and the former Hull player describes the 14-year-old as “unbelievable”.

Kevin is now a patron of the Down’s Syndrome Association and has gone to heroic lengths to look after his little girl.

Kevin and Brianne have found love on the ice
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He sent a powerful letter of complaint to the FA in 2015 when West Ham fans sang a chant mocking the condition.

Kevin said: “I am sure they understand they are causing offence

“You cannot sweep it under the carpet and label it as ignorance. It is visible and clear and, like racist or homophobic chanting, it is intended to cause offence.

“I want to be able to take my kids to football matches and when Elsie gets older she will understand about her condition and I would not want her to hear that kind of chanting.

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“If her sister Isla heard it, she would be devastated too, as my friend’s sons were.

“I spoke to him and he was extremely upset and I felt I had to report it. No family should have to put up with it at football matches.

“This is a wider society problem, not just a problem with football, and idiots are using football as a tool to show their ignorance and discrimination.”

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