Why did Strictly pros Neil and Katya Jones split? – The Sun

STRICTLY pros Katya and Neil Jones were married for six years and together for 11 when they decided to separate in summer 2019.

The dancing duo released a joint statement before the 2019 series began, leaving fans wondering what broke the show's former golden couple. Here's everything we know about their split.

Why did Strictly Come Dancing's Neil and Katya Jones break up?

The Strictly Come Dancing couple split just ten months after Katya was spotted snogging her dance partner Seann Walsh.

The couple didn't specify an exact reason behind the break-up, other than citing that they loved each other "just in a different way as friends."

In a joint statement, they said: "Hi everyone. As our fans and loyal supporters you are really important to us and so we wanted to let you know some news. After 11 years we have made the mutual decision to separate.

"We will always love each other, just in a different way as friends. This will never change what a great team we make and we are really proud of everything we have achieved together.

"Our shared love of dance means we will keep working and dancing together as well as exploring individual projects. No matter what we do we will always support and respect each other.

"We wish one another every happiness and we will remain the best of friends. We are really looking forward to getting back to the ballroom and can't wait to keep on dancing. Lots of love from us both xx"

However despite the very civil statement, an insider exclusively revealed to The Sun: "The infidelity highlighted problems within the relationship and made it impossible for them to get back on track.

“They are determined not to let their split affect Strictly as it’s their main source of income.

"They’re being guided by how Kevin and Karen Clifton handled their split.”

The source said: “The public were not buying into them together any more.”

What happened with that kiss between Katya and Seann Walsh and what have the couple said about it?

The announcement of the Jones' split came just ten months after Katya was pictured by The Sun on Sunday kissing comedian Seann outside a pub shortly after a late night rehearsal.

At the time in October 2018, Katya said: “I can’t apologise enough to everyone who it hurt and involved.

“But, the main thing, me and Neil are absolutely fine and that’s what matters to me the most right now and focusing on my job and doing it as professionally I can.”

And in March Neil opened up about the betrayal to Sun columnist Lorraine Kelly, saying: "It was a shock. It was a major shock. I appreciated it of course that Katya told me so I found out from Katya before it appeared.

“Straight away for me I was more worried about Katya because I could see what was going to happen. It was a natural reaction.”

After revealing people had encouraged him to leave Katya following her cheating, he said: “But that’s what’s wrong at the moment. We have been together for 10 years.

“I just needed to speak to Katya, I just needed to be with her at that moment and understand what was going on.”

The couple continued to perform together after the incident, including touring the UK with their show Somnium: A Dancer’s Dream, which was directed and choreographed by Neil.

Did Neil and Katya argue live on Strictly 2019?

The Sun exclusively revealed that the Strictly Come Dancing pros did row in week three of the series – however, it was off camera.

It allegedly came about after she appeared to make a dig at him on live TV, by telling host Claudia Winkleman she had "never been better" as her estranged husband stood just yards away.

While Claudia laughed and said "I don't believe that", Neil managed to force a smile.

But the comment irritated the 37-year-old who spoke to Katya behind the scenes.

"He was annoyed and told her so – but she denied it was anything to do with him."

Who is Strictly's Neil Jones?

Neil Jones, 37, is a professional ballroom dancer who works as a professional dancer for Strictly Come Dancing.

He's British but was born in Munster, Germany, and started dancing at a local ballet school at the age of just three.

Neil has represented Finland, Holland and the UK during the course of his competitive career.

He also holds many titles including UK, British, Dutch, European and World Latin Champion.

Upon signing up to BBC's Strictly in 2016, he said: “As a British dancer I have grown up watching this amazing show, it is a massive honour…

"I am feeling pumped and excited to be part of the Strictly family.”

Who is Strictly's Katya Jones?

Katya Jones, 30, is a pro dancer who was born Ekaterina Andreevna Sokolova in St Petersburg, Russia, to a Korean mother and Russian businessman father.

She started dancing when she was just six years old and then formed a partnership with her fellow dancer – and now ex-husband – Neil Jones in 2008.

Together they won the World Professional Latin Showdance Championships in 2015 – and they are also four times undefeated British National Professional Champions.

Then in 2016 she joined Strictly.

Ed Balls was Katya's first partner and they had a good run, making it through to week ten thanks to their comedy performances before being eliminated.

In 2017 she was crowned the Strictly champion with dance partner and actor Joe McFadden.

Who is Katya Jones partnered with on Strictly 2020?

Katya will partner Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams on Strictly Come Dancing 2020.

The pair will make history by becoming the first ever same-sex couple to appear on the show.

An excited Nicola told her Twitter followers: "I’m so excited to finally announce my partner @Mrs_katjones.

"I couldn’t have been paired with a better partner than a fellow champ in her own right and I can’t wait to see what creative dance routines Katya comes up with. Are you ready for the first dance!? #StrictlyComeDancing."

Katya wrote on her Instagram page: "Yes! Here’s my partner @nicolaadamsobe . But really, Her smile will win your hearts over! ❤️ I’ve been buzzing ever since the moment that giant glitter ball lifted! #strictlycomedancing #scd #strictly #nicolaadams."

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