Katya Jones: Who has the Strictly pro dated?

Strictly Come Dancing professional Katya Jones has found herself at the centre of numerous scandals since joining the BBC One show back in 2016.

Katya, 32, is paired with Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty for this year's series, and she hasn't managed to escape romance rumours.

The pair's steamy dances have had viewers talking, not to mention the recent 'near-kiss' at the end of one of their routines.

Russian-born Katya is no stranger to Strictly controversy, and here we take a look back through her dating history…

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Who has Katya Jones dated?

Igor Astafiev

Prior to moving to the UK, Katya dated fellow dancer Igor Astafiev. The pair called it quits when Katya took the plunge and moved abroad.

Igor has previously called the Strictly star his "first true love", and was reportedly heartbroken when she left, prompting him to quit dancing altogether.

Neil Jones

Katya and fellow professional dancer Neil Jones first got close in 2008 when they competed together in Blackpool. The pair went on to date for five years, before eventually tying the knot in August 2013.

Katya and Neil won the World Professional Latin Showdance Championships in 2015, and were coined the British National Professional Champions four times, before finally joining the cast of Strictly Come Dancing.


After enjoying 11 years together, the couple unfortunately went their separate ways. They released a joint statement in August 2019, telling fans they had "made the mutual decision to separate", and reassured their followers that they remained good friends.

Neil has previously spoken out about the split, saying there was no bad blood between the pair and they had simply grown apart "like people do".

Seann Walsh

Katya was paired with comedian Seann Walsh for 2018's series of Strictly Come Dancing. The pair's chemistry was undeniable, and they were eventually snapped sharing a kiss during a night out in London.

It marked one of the biggest Strictly scandals of recent years, with Seann's long-term girlfriend Rebecca Humphries taking to Twitter to dump the comedian.

Both Katya and Seann issued grovelling public apologies, appearing on Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two to address the incident.

Seann called the kiss "a mistake which I am very sorry for", while Katya reassured everyone that she and her then husband Neil Jones were "absolutely fine".

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