Strictly’s Katya and Neil Jones SPLIT: Professional dancers announce they are separating

Strictly Come Dancing stars Katya and Neil Jones have split after 11 years as a couple and six years of marriage. 

The Russian beauty, 30, and her partner, 37, took to Instagram to announce the news on Sunday as they confirmed they are parting ways just 10 months after she was seen kissing her Strictly dance partner Seann Walsh in the street. 

In their announcement, the couple penned: ‘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.’

Hard times: Heartache: Strictly stars Katya and Neil Jones have split after 11 years of marriag

Hard times: Heartache: Strictly stars Katya and Neil Jones have split after 11 years of marriag

Heartache: Strictly stars Katya and Neil Jones have split after 11 years of marriage (pictured in November)

Neil and Katya were dating for five years when they wed in an idyllic ceremony in London in 2013. The story of their romance played out in their stage show Somnium: A Dancer’s Dream, which they toured with until June this year.

In the last known picture of the couple, Neil and Katya seemed strained as they joined the rest of their Strictly co-stars in heading to rehearsals last month. 

Their news will undoubtedly comes as a shock to fans, with their announcement continuing: ‘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 projects… 

 

Ahem: The Russian beauty, 30, and her partner, 37, took to Instagram to announce the news on Saturday to confirm the news that they were parting ways just 10 months after she was seen kissing her Strictly dance partner Seann Walsh in the street

Ahem: The Russian beauty, 30, and her partner, 37, took to Instagram to announce the news on Saturday to confirm the news that they were parting ways just 10 months after she was seen kissing her Strictly dance partner Seann Walsh in the street

Ahem: The Russian beauty, 30, and her partner, 37, took to Instagram to announce the news on Saturday to confirm the news that they were parting ways just 10 months after she was seen kissing her Strictly dance partner Seann Walsh in the street

The last shot... In the last known picture of the couple, Neil and Katya seemed strained as they joined the rest of their Strictly co-stars in heading to rehearsals last month

The last shot... In the last known picture of the couple, Neil and Katya seemed strained as they joined the rest of their Strictly co-stars in heading to rehearsals last month

The last shot… In the last known picture of the couple, Neil and Katya seemed strained as they joined the rest of their Strictly co-stars in heading to rehearsals last month

‘We will remain the best of friends’: Katya and Neil’s announcement

Hi everyone, as our fans and loyal supporters you are really important to us and so wee 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 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

‘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’. 

Katya’s kiss with Seann caused ructions as they were seen locking lips in the street, on what transpired to be his then-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries’ birthday. 

In what became a huge scandal, actress Rebecca took to Twitter when the images came to light to release an open letter aimed at the comedian.   

She hit out at Seann in a statement, revealing the images of him kissing Katya were taken after he told her they were going for ‘a quiet drink’. 

In her statement, Rebecca revealed she had suspicions about her boyfriend cheating for at least three weeks, but claimed when she brought it up, he called her a ‘psycho’ and accused her of being ‘nuts’.

Rebecca revealed she had left him and taken the cat and was ‘not sorry’ for doing so. She accused the star – her partner for more than five years – of ‘inappropriate and hurtful’ behaviour. 

Pained: Their news will undoubtedly comes as a shock to fans, with their announcement continuing: 'We will always love each other. just in a different way as friends' (pictured in April)

Pained: Their news will undoubtedly comes as a shock to fans, with their announcement continuing: 'We will always love each other. just in a different way as friends' (pictured in April)

Pained: Their news will undoubtedly comes as a shock to fans, with their announcement continuing: ‘We will always love each other. just in a different way as friends’ (pictured in April)

Shocking news: Seann has been in a relationship with actress Rebecca for more than three years and Katya has been married to Neil Jones for five years

Shocking news: Seann has been in a relationship with actress Rebecca for more than three years and Katya has been married to Neil Jones for five years

Shaken: While Seann's romance ended instantaneously, Neil vowed to stand by Katya in her hour of need

Shaken: While Seann's romance ended instantaneously, Neil vowed to stand by Katya in her hour of need

Shocking news: Seann had been in a relationship with actress Rebecca for more than three years when the scandal came to light while Katya and Neil had been together for 10 

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones: How the Strictly scandal unravelled 

Wednesday night (October 3): Walsh is seen kissing Jones outside a London pub while his girlfriend Rebecca was at home alone on her birthday

Saturday afternoon: Walsh and Jones perform on Strictly and Rebecca is seen cheering him on in the crowd, appearing to cry with pride at his performance

Saturday night: Photos finally emerge of Walsh and Jones kissing passionately, as Walsh and Rebecca are pictured leaving the Strictly studio looking glum

Sunday night: Walsh and Jones release apologies on Twitter two minutes apart, with both claiming it was a ‘one-off’ mistake.

Monday night: Rebecca finally breaks her silence on Twitter, as it is also revealed that Strictly bosses plan to tone down the ‘sexiness’ of Walsh and Jones’ dance on Saturday

While Seann’s romance came to a crashing close, Neil vowed to stick by his wife as he insisted they had worked through their troubles. 

In March he about how they were impacted by the kissing scandal, as he told the Daily Mail: ‘It was a shock and we had to work it out between ourselves, to understand what had happened… 

‘But I wasn’t going to allow that one little thing to get in the way of ten very happy years. People have said to me, “Why didn’t you feel this? Why didn’t you say that?”…

‘For me, the initial reaction was to stay calm. I didn’t want to run around in a panic, because that’s not me…

‘I’m private. I’m also quite positive. I wanted to speak to Katya – we had to sort it out privately.’

He went on to bashfully admit that it was his mother who helped persuade him to forgive his wife and move on. 

He went on: ‘Mum always said people make mistakes and you have to be understanding.

“It was a mistake, and we’re here now, together, moving on.’

A year ago: Seann and Rebecca were pictured on Instagram on her birthday on October 3, 2017 - however last year he spent the day with Katya

A year ago: Seann and Rebecca were pictured on Instagram on her birthday on October 3, 2017 - however last year he spent the day with Katya

A year ago: Seann and Rebecca were pictured on Instagram on her birthday on October 3, 2017 – however last year he spent the day with Katya

Rebecca's statement: Rebecca insisted she was 'not a victim' in her October statement and has left Seann and 'took the cat' after he kissed his dance partner in London

Rebecca's statement: Rebecca insisted she was 'not a victim' in her October statement and has left Seann and 'took the cat' after he kissed his dance partner in London

Rebecca’s statement: Rebecca insisted she was ‘not a victim’ in her October statement and has left Seann and ‘took the cat’ after he kissed his dance partner in London

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