Strictly Come Dancing's Katya and Neil Jones split after six years of marriage
"We will always love each other, just in a different way as friends."
Strictly Come Dancing's Katya and Neil Jones have split after six years of marriage.
The pair, who have both danced professionally on the BBC reality show, confirmed the news yesterday stating that they are still on good terms and that they will continue to work together in the future.
"After 11 years, we have made the mutual decision to separate," read their joint statement.
"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."
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Katya and Neil were together for almost five years before eventually tying the knot.
Their relationship came under strain last year when Katya and then dance partner Seann Walsh were caught kissing, leading to the very public breakdown of his own relationship with Rebecca Humphries.
Humphries accused Walsh of gaslighting and emotionally abusing her in a lengthy Instagram post.
Katya and Neil's statement went on to say that their shared love of dancing would ensure that they continued to work together in the future and that they would "always support and respect each other."
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"We wish one another every happiness and we will remain the best of friends," the statement finished.
"We are really looking forward to getting back to the ballroom and can't wait to keep on dancing."
Katya and Neil celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary earlier this month.
Neil had previously stated that they felt like the media "overreacted" to his wive's kiss with her former dance partner.
“My first thought was for Neil," said Katya.
“I look at everything as a massive learning process. But actually drop by drop, people typing horrible and unkind things about you, does affect you.
“The hate I felt made me very sad. Neil told me, ‘Stop reading, stop looking.'"