Katya Jones and Neil Jones are both back on Strictly Come Dancing but a lot has changed for the pair of dancers since last year’s season.
Katya and Neil were once undefeated four-time British National Champions and the three-time winners of the World Amateur Latin Championships, turning their chemistry on the dance-floor into a relationship in real-life.
The pair married in a central London ceremony in 2013 and joined Strictly in 2016 where Katya competed with Ed Balls and Neil was one of the male pro dancers.
Last year Katya appeared to join the list of celebrities and dancers who have fallen victim to the ‘Strictly Curse’ when she was snapped kissing her dance partner, comedian Seann Walsh.
Following the publication of the photos, Katya said: ‘I love my husband and we are very happy together, this is not a reflection on our relationship.’
Speaking to Metro.co.uk back in March of this year, the pair said they were trying to ‘keep positive’ as they worked through the issues in their relationship.
Why has Katya Jones split from husband Neil Jones?
Neil and Katya announced their split on 18 August 2019 with a joint statement on their social media pages.
Announcing their separation, they said: ‘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,’ they added.
It was initially reported that Katya and Neil had split as a result of the kiss with Seann Walsh last year, however a spokeswoman for the former couple said the controversy had nothing to do with their decision to split, adding that the pair are ‘incredibly close’ and will continue to dance together, both on Strictly and their separate projects.
Supporting their official comments about the split, Katya and Neil have done nothing but support each other since Strictly Come Dancing started up again and appear to have a good friendship after their split.
After fans urged the producers to let Neil have a celeb partner, it was revealed that this would be his year as he was partnered up with a celebrity.
Katya posted a video on her Instagram of the pair together before the first show exclaiming, ‘Yay! First show!’ before Neil’s debut appearance.
Neil is paired up with footballer Alex Scott this year, while Katya is partnered with presenter Mike Bushell.
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday at 7.10pm on BBC One.
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