Strictly star Neil Jones has emerged for the first time since his wife Katya was pictured kissing her dance partner Seann Walsh last week.
Appearing stoney-faced, the professional dancer, 35, failed to crack a smile as he took their dog Crumble for a walk on Wednesday while continuing to fend off the heartbreaking scandal surrounding his wife of five years.
Neil’s appearance comes after former judge Arlene Phillips hinted that the marriage survival of Neil and Katya is seemingly down to the pair being in an open relationship
Low-key: Strictly star Neil Jones has emerged for the first time since his wife Katya was seen kissing her dance partner Seann Walsh on a night out last week
Shock: Married Katya, 29, and Seann, 35 – who was in a long-term relationship at the time – were pictured sharing a kiss during a night out in London last Wednesday (October 3)
Speaking on Wednesday’s edition of Lorraine, the professional choreographer, who left the judging panel before the dancer spouses joined the BBC show, said that the couple show real ‘togetherness’, before adding that she knows plenty of people who are in ‘open relationships’.
Weighing in on Katya’s scandalous kiss with comedian Seann, Arlene said: ‘We all love Neil and Katya, there is a togetherness, in truth who knows what their relationship [is like]?
‘I know many people who have open relationships and we know nothing about Seann’s relationship with his girlfriend.’
Addressing calls for the pair to be sacked from the show, she explained: ”I absolutely think they should be allowed to dance. They are consenting adults, the public appear to be the moral guardians.
‘I’m not condoning what they did at all but it’s a dance competition, unless they have signed some kind of disclosure, that there is a behaviour contract, they are not about to be stopped from dancing, that’s what they are hired to do, dance.’
Determined: Appearing stoney-faced, the professional dancer failed to crack a smile as he took their beloved dog Crumble for a walk while continuing to fend off the scandal
While the Strictly curse has often been played down by those involved in the show, Arlene went on to add that it’s very easy for dancer couples to cross the line.
She said: ‘There is so much passion, sensuality and storytelling through dance. It’s such an intense relationship. There is a goal, every sat night there is a target they have to hit to stay in the competition.
‘The pros want to stay in, the celebrities want to stay in. You get closer and closer, you are thrown together. Many people in a very strong relationship, it doesn’t matter how close you get or how physical you are, they go home.’
Arlene also advised that celebrities should not sign up for the dance show if their relationships aren’t in a strong place, adding: ‘You are ready, you are putty in the hands of whoever is teaching you.
‘There is something about somebody who is teaching you. These very strong female partners teaching their male partners, and vice versa.
‘There is an intensity, and they are thrown together for hour upon hour, physically close…There is constant touching and feeling.’
The secret to their unbreakable marriage? Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips hinted that Neil and Katya have an open relationship during her appearance on Wednesday’s Lorraine
Meanwhile Neil’s mother Helen, publicly threw her support behind Katya, 29, in the wake of the Strictly scandal by seemingly playing down her kiss with comedian Seann, 32.
Apparently making her feelings known about the steamy moment, Neil’s mum shared a fan post on her personal Twitter page, suggesting people should not judge Katya and Seann for their indiscretions.
The post read: ‘I don’t condone what happened between @seannwalsh & @Mrs_katjones, it was wrong.
‘However, no-one has the right to stand in judgement of them other than their respective partners. The downside of social media is everyone thinks they can be judge/jury.’
Katya and Seann have caused ructions since their steamy moment was captured over the weekend, when a boozy post-training night out last Wednesday culminated in a passionate kiss on the street, which she insisted was ‘a one-off mistake’.
Neil failed to crack a smile as he emerged on Wednesday following the scandal which rages on and has sparked shock in both the dance and TV world.
Speaking out: Meanwhile Neil’s mother, Helen, (pictured) threw her support behind Katya in the wake of the Strictly scandal by seemingly playing down her kiss with Sean
No judgement: Neil’s mum shared a fan post on her personal Twitter page, suggesting people should not judge Katya and Seann for their indiscretions
Moving on: He seemed determined to remove himself from the situation as he went on the dog walk – without his wife in tow
With the thought of Saturday’s show looming – on which it’s been confirmed his wife and her partner will return to screens – he seemed deep in thought.
Taking Crumble for a stroll, he sported a low-key ensemble complete with a mustard yellow beanie, tight jeans and a biker jacket.
On Monday evening, Seann’s girlfriend Rebecca dumped the star, 32, on social media revealing he kissed Katya, 29, on her birthday, called her a psycho when she asked if anything was going on and has yet to receive an apology.
The actress hit out at her now ex in a Twitter statement earlier this week revealing the images of him kissing Katya were taken on her birthday on October 3, as she sat at home alone.
She also revealed she has had suspicions about her boyfriend cheating for at least three weeks, but claimed when she brought it up her called her a ‘psycho’ and accused her of being ‘nuts’.
Shock: On Monday evening, Seann’s girlfriend Rebecca (pictured) dumped the star, 32, on social media revealing he kissed Katya, 29, on her birthday, called her a psycho when she asked if anything was going on and has yet to receive an apology
Moving on: With the thought of Saturday’s show looming – on which it’s been confirmed his wife and her partner will return to screens – he seemed deep in thought
Moving on: Going low-key, he wrapped up from the autumnal chill in a beanie and biker jacket
Now, the actress, who says she is yet to receive a first-hand apology, said she has left him and taken the cat and is ‘not sorry’ for doing so.
She accused the star – her partner for more than five years – of ‘inappropriate and hurtful’ behaviour, and claimed despite speaking to the media, he had not apologised to her personally and neither had his dance partner Katya.
Rebecca said she was not sure about whether to publicly respond – but felt she had to ‘clear up’ the narrative.
She went on to reveal Seann and Katya have not attempted to pick up the pieces – but that her family, friends and strangers had been there for her.
Who let the dog out? He was focusing his attention on Crumble to take his mind off things
Strutting along: Taking Crumble for a stroll, he sported a low-key ensemble complete with a mustard yellow beanie, tight jeans and a biker jacket
At the start on the scandal, Katya’s official tweet read: ‘I’m so sorry about any offence or hurt I may have caused with my actions…
I wasn’t thinking and it was a one-off mistake after some drinks. I love my husband and we are very happy together, this is not a reflection on our relationship’, and she has not been active on the site since.
Seann’s statement meanwhile stated: ‘In light of the story in today’s newspaper I would like to offer my sincere apologies for my actions. This is no excuse but it was a one-off drunken mistake which I am truly sorry for.’
Heartbreaking: At the start on the scandal, Katya’s official tweet read: ‘I’m so sorry about any offence or hurt I may have caused with my actions’