Strictly's Amy Dowden says 'why not' as she shares gorgeous pictures

Amy Dowden and husband Ben
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Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden is enjoying a romantic getaway with her husband before she returns to the Strictly dancefloor this autumn. Amy and husband Ben Jones looked loved-up in the three pictures, shared on Amy's Instagram page.

Amy wrote that her love for her husband is "unconditional". Amy, 33, married Ben, a fellow professional dancer, in a ceremony in South Wales in July 2022 and has praised him several times for giving her unwavering support throughout her career on Strictly and in her personal life, including through her brutal battle with breast cancer last year.

Previously, Ben called Amy a "warrior" after she was diagnosed in May 2023 and faced several rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, after she found a lump in her breast just before the couple's honeymoon. Earlier this month, Amy's fans received the showbiz news they'd been hoping for - that Amy will be returning to Strictly Come Dancing this year, following a break last year as she underwent cancer treatment.

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"I'm so happy and grateful to be back on @bbcstrictly," she wrote. "MY HEART IS SO HAPPY. The best team on and off the dance floor. I can't wait to be back doing what I love most in the world, dancing! Feel blessed and more excited than EVER. Bring it on! Thank you @bbcstrictly for your support always. Eeeeeekkk."

Now, ahead of weeks of preparation and the 22nd series of the dance competition programme, Amy is enjoying a relaxing getaway with Ben. For the latest TV & Showbiz news, sign up to our newsletter

In the first and last of the three photos Amy has shared from her trip, she can be seen standing by the tranquil outdoor pool at her resort wearing a glamorous floor-length leopard-print cover up over her bikini and oversized sunglasses and a wide sunhat - whilst in the second photo she can be seen in the pool in her swimwear with Ben, sitting on his lap as the pair share a sweet smooch.

Sharing an insight into the photos, she wrote: "1. It's vacay mode 2. Unconditional [heart emojis, representing love] 3. Why not," with various holiday-themed emojis, a champagne emoji and lots of hearts.

In just a few hours, the post has been liked more than 14,000 times - and scores of fans and familiar faces have sent Amy their best wishes. "Enjoy every moment," wrote Strictly's Dianne Buswell, to which Amy responded: "Before the @bbcstrictly fun! Can't wait to be back with you xxxxx"

"Looking fabulous Amy!" commented a fan, "Have a wonderful holiday!" "Have a wonderful time, Amy" said another. "You have got a lot to celebrate @amydowden," added another. "Enjoy every moment."

Amy is enjoying a holiday with her husband, ahead of joining Vito Coppola and Dianne Buswell in Strictly Come Dancing later this year
Amy is enjoying a holiday with her husband, ahead of joining Vito Coppola and Dianne Buswell in Strictly Come Dancing later this year -Credit:Amy Dowden/Instagram

Earlier this week, Amy attended the Girls Aloud concert in Birmingham and called the performance "brilliant and fabulous" and said it "hit home" at times. Cheryl Tweedy, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, and Nadine Coyle started their tour last month in celebration of their beloved bandmate Sarah Harding who died from breast cancer aged 39 in 2021.

The tour marks 21 years since Cheryl, Nicola, Sarah, Kimberley and Nadine were voted the winners of ITV's Popstars: The Rivals and formed Girls Aloud. Sharing a snap of her sharing a hug with Kimberley backstage on Wednesday, Amy wrote: "Such a brilliant, fabulous but also emotional show, which at times really hit home.

"Thank you @kimberleywalshofficial but also @cherylofficial @lilcola @nadinecoyle. You truly are so beautiful, talented but so sensitive throughout! One amazing show."