Janette Manrara: Strictly Come Dancing pro speaks out on Katya and Neil Jones’ split

Katya Jones, 30, and Neil Jones, 37, both shared a statement on their respective Instagram accounts yesterday confirming they have separated, following 11 years together.

The Strictly Come Dancing professionals said they will “always love each other” and will remain friends.

Their co-star, Janette Manrara, addressed their split on her Twitter, where she expressed her love for the both of them.

The dancer retweeted Katya’s statement regarding their break-up, and wrote: “I love you @Mrs_katjones & @Mr_NJones tremendously!

You are both beautiful people

Janette Manrara

“You are both beautiful people, talented, and wonderful friends!”

Katya and Neil, who tied the knot in 2013, said in the joint statement: “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.”

The dancers added: “This will never change what a great team we make and we are really proud of everything we have achieved together.”

Katya and Neil went on to insist they will still be performing alongside each other in shows, despite their split.

They continued: “Our shared love of dance means we will keep working and dancing together as well as exploring individual projects.

“No matter what we do we will always support and respect each other. We wish one another every happiness and we will remain the best of friends.”

The BBC favourites concluded: “We are really looking forward to getting back to the ballroom and can’t wait to keep on dancing. Lots of love from us both xx.”

Their separation comes 10 months after Katya hit the headlines for being caught kissing her then Strictly Come Dancing celebrity partner, Seann Walsh, who had a girlfriend at the time.

They both apologised for their actions, but Seann’s partner, Rebecca Humphries, broke up with him in the following days.

Meanwhile, Katya uploaded her first picture post break-up on Instagram today, where she was seen without her wedding ring.

The Russian native could be seen wearing a huge pink and orange fluffy gown, as part of the Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals.

Katya was perched on a step in the extravagant outfit, with her head resting on her hands.

The dancer wrote beside the image: “Ever wondered how I dress on Monday morning? Yeah… just a casual boring outfit. #happymonday #newweek #chicken #layingeggs #strictly #strictlycomedancing #dancer #feathers #outfit.”

Neil notably liked his estranged wife’s photo, along with some of her other Strictly Come Dancing co-stars.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 returns next month to BBC One.

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