KATYA Jones’ private life is almost as colourful as her Strictly Come Dancing costumes.
The Russian dancer revealed in August 2019 that she had split from husband, Neil Jones ahead of the 17th series of the show, but why did they split up and which celeb will she be partnered up with this year?
Why did Katya Jones split from her husband Neil Jones?
On August 18, 2019 it was revealed that Katya and her husband Neil Jones had split – ten months after the Russian dancer was pictured kissing dance partner Seann Walsh.
The pair, who married in 2013, confirmed the break-up on Instagram.
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”
When did Katya Jones kiss Seann Walsh?
On October 6, 2018, Katya and her 2018 partner, stand-up comedian Seann Walsh, became the first couple of the series to be hit by the “Strictly curse.”
The pair were pictured kissing in the street outside a London pub while on a night out.
A witness said: “They were snogging like a pair of teenagers and didn’t seem to care who might saw them.”
The pair took to Twitter to issue grovelling apologies to their respective partners.
Seann, who had been dating actress Rebecca Humphries for five years at the time, offered his “sincere apologies” and called the incident a “one-off drunken mistake.”
At the time Katya said: “I love my husband and we are very happy together, this is not a reflection on our relationship.”
Who is Katya Jones’ Strictly Come Dancing partner?
On April 26, 2019 it was revealed that Katya had been axed from the main line-up following her snog with then dance partner Seann Walsh.
BBC bosses were reportedly keen to save the show’s family image by not pairing her with a celebrity.
However, in a massive u-turn by producers, in August 2019 it was revealed that she WOULD be partnered with someone.
During the launch show, it was confirmed that Katya Jones, who has previously won Strictly Come Dancing, has been partnered with Mike Bushell this series.
When the pairing was announced the two got together and did a gleeful air jump kick to celebrate.
Katya seemed happy to partner with the keen dancer, as they shared a sweet embrace.
How did Katya become famous?
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.
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What time is Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on TV?
Strictly Come Dancing returned for its 17th series on BBC One on September 7, 2019.
However, the show kicked off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.
The live shows begin on Saturday, September 21, with the results airing the following day on Sundays.
Strictly continues on BBC One on 7pm and you can get the FULL celebrity line-up here.