Strictly's Katya Jones reveals why she's still wearing her wedding ring despite Neil split
Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones is still wearing her wedding ring, three months after splitting from Neil Jones, declaring it is too expensive to take off.
The two professional dancers – whose marriage was rocked after Katya was pictured kissing comedian Seann Walsh last year – announced their split in August.
Katya, 30, was pictured wearing her wedding ring by The Sun, and told the newspaper: “I wear it all the time. It’s too pretty to take off. And it was probably expensive.
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“I don’t want to lose it so it stays on my finger. It’s a beautiful ring.
“I don’t have a problem with wearing it so I don’t see why anyone else should.”
Asked if that would change if she started a new relationship, she said: “We will see.”
Katya and Neil, 37, announced in a joint statement in August: “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 individual projects.”
The couple – who were married for six years – fell victim to the “Strictly curse” after Katya was pictured kissing Walsh, her celebrity partner, in October 2018.
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After the photo of the kiss emerged, Walsh split from his actress girlfriend Rebecca Humphries. She then accused him on Twitter of being verbally abusive and controlling towards her, sparking a national debate about gaslighting.
I’m so sorry about any offence or hurt I may have caused with my actions. I wasn’t thinking and it was a one-off mistake after some drinks. I love my husband and we are very happy together, this is not a reflection on our relationship.
— katya Jones (@Mrs_katjones) October 7, 2018
Both Katya and Walsh apologised publicly for the kiss but were voted out of the BBC show a week later.
Neil and Katya remained together for 10 months and continue to dance together on the BBC show.