Katya and Neil Jones were all smiles as they danced together for the launch of this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, despite recently announcing their split.
On Monday night, the pair of professional dancers performed alongside each other at the event, just days after confirming that their six-year marriage had come to an end.
Speaking to the Press Association, Katya said that their professional relationship is something “you can’t take away”.
“It’s really, really nice. We love dancing together and that’s why we have chosen to keep on dancing together. He’s just got his own show. I’m just so happy for him,” she said.
“Dancing brought us together and that’s going to stay that way forever. It’s really nice, actually. All the fans, they are there for the dancing and for us.
“We enjoy dancing with all the dancers. They all have their plus sides. We’re like, ‘Ah, he is really good at this and he is really good at this’ and all that.”
She added: “We have danced together for 11 years now. It’s just something you can’t take away. We just have that dance chemistry, no matter what.”
Katya and Neil’s split came 10 months after Katya was pictured kissing Seann Walsh – her dancing partner from last year’s series – on a drunken night out.
The professional dancers took to Instagram to announce their split, writing: “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.”
They finished by adding that they will remain “the best of friends” and continue to dance with each other while also exploring individual projects.