Strictly’s Katya says she learnt the hard way’ after Seann Walsh kiss

Strictly: Katya Jones addresses her family separation

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Reflecting on media stories she’s been a part of, Katya Jones said she has “disconnected” from showbiz and isn’t bothered about what people think about her. The 33-year-old told Tim Lovejoy that she learned “the hard way” after going from competitive dancing with ex husband Neil Jones to being in the spotlight on Strictly Come Dancing

“Nobody prepares you for it,” she said of first coming onto the BBC show back in 2016.

“Obviously I’ve learned the hard way from simply just doing interviews and talking to people and suddenly being on front of the press.

“But, I’ve grown so much from it and evolved so much that honestly now, it really doesn’t matter. I always say it doesn’t define me.”

Katya was seemingly referring to the time she was caught kissing comedian Seann Walsh in 2018.

At the time, she was still with her husband Neil, while her dance partner was with girlfriend Rebecca Humphries. 

After hitting the the headlines, they issued a public apology on social media and later on Strictly: It Takes Two.

Speaking on The Lovejoy Hour podcast, the Strictly pro added of stories being written about her: “”Whatever is written or whatever people think, it doesn’t matter.

“I’m so disconnected from it, I just know what is real, I know that if mine and Neil’s friendship is real, that’s all that matters because I know I’ll be there for him if either of us are in trouble.”

Katya split from her husband Neil of six years in 2019, 18 months after the kiss.

At the time, they said they will remain as friends and will continue working and supporting each other.

The dancer went on to tell the podcast host that they have stuck to being the best of mates, despite him now being in a new relationship.

Katya added: “I know him better than he knows himself, he can’t play poker around me, I know his face so well, it’s actually a joke.”

She went on to say they still ring each other for advice and to share their achievements. 

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Katya said she also has Neil as her next of kin and still goes to his family events. 

“They are my family. There’s no other way. I feel like that’s never going to change regardless if we find another relationship and I think it’s a beautiful thing.

“Why can’t it be like that?

“We grow as people, we find another journey maybe that takes us in a different direction.

“It doesn’t mean that I don’t  respect him and love him in a different way.

Neil is currently dating Love Island star Chyna Mills, while Kayta is believed to be single.

For now she is focused on getting her latest dance partner Tony Adams to the Strictly 2022 final.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.

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