'Strictly's' Katya Jones looking forward to being reunited with ex Neil

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Dancers Neil and Katya Jones  pose for photographers upon arrival at the National Lottery Awards, in central London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)
Neil and Katya Jones at the National Lottery Awards, in central London in 2016. (Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

Katya Jones has said she can’t wait to be reunited with her ex Neil Jones on Strictly despite their split.

The couple broke up last year, months after their marriage was rocked when Katya was photographed kissing her Strictly celebrity partner Seann Walsh.

When they split, they released a statement saying they would “always love each other, just in a different way as friends”, and Katya has now revealed that is still the case.

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The pair are expected to be back on the dancefloor when the 2020 series of the BBC show gets under way.

Katya told the Mirror she is looking forward to spending some time with Neil.

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“We FaceTime all the time,” she said. “He’s showing me all his new toys and projects and things like that. We’re really best friends.

"It was our birthdays in May and we both made lovely videos for each other etc. So it's nice. We love dancing together so I can’t wait to get back dancing."

Katya and Neil were married for six years.

Neil Jones and Katya Jones pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage', in London, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Neil Jones and Katya Jones at the premiere of the film xXx: Return of Xander Cage in 2017 (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

The dancer was snapped kissing comedian Walsh on a night out in October 2018. Both Katya and Walsh apologised publicly but they were voted out of the BBC show a week later.

In August 2019, she and Neil confirmed they were going their separate ways but they have indicated that the well-publicised kiss was not the cause of their break up.

Strictly is set to go ahead this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it will be a slightly shorter series than usual.

MAYFAIR, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 18: Seann Walsh and Katya Jones seen leaving a dance studio on October 17, 2018 in Mayfair, London.  PHOTOGRAPH BY Eagle Lee / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read PALACE LEE / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Seann Walsh and Katya Jones leaving a dance studio in 2018 (PALACE LEE / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

A spokesperson shared in a statement in June: "The Strictly Come Dancing team are doing everything they can to bring the nation plenty of Strictly magic later this year.

"To ensure we deliver the high standards audiences know and love, and in light of the ongoing considerations around COVID-19, this year’s series of Strictly will have a slightly shorter run than usual.

"The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us and further updates will be made in due course."

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