Katya Jones removes her wedding ring as she returns to work on Strictly Come Dancing after split from husband Neil

KATYA Jones has removed her wedding ring as she returns to work on Strictly Come Dancing after her split from husband Neil.

Yesterday, The Sun revealed the professional dancers had split after 11 years together and six years of marriage.

The couple confirmed the news in a joint statement on their Instagram pages, and today they have both returned to social media to post pictures and updates for their fans.

Katya, 30, shared a snap of her in a brightly coloured feather costume while filming for the new series of Strictly.

Crossing her arms over her knees and resting her chin on them, she captioned 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."

However her wedding was missing from the shot, and her fans were quick to send her positive messages of support.


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Love a Monday and I’m just chilling with my elephant looking cool before rehearsals? what are your goals for this week? . ? @iambrfr#mondaymotivation #elephant #selfiefactory #ginger

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One wrote: "Go Kat go. Happier times ahead" while another posted: "Keep Dancing and Smiling you are a special talent."

A third agreed, writing: "You’re awesome, hope you are ok xx".

Meanwhile Neil, 37, shared a snap of him posing with a white elephant ornament at Westfield shopping centre, his left hand concealed so it wasn't clear if he was still wearing his wedding ring or not.

He wrote: "Love a Monday and I’m just chilling with my elephant looking cool before rehearsals what are your goals for this week?#mondaymotivation #elephant #selfiefactory #ginger."

In their statement, the couple – who were together for 11 years and married for six – insisted their split was a "mutual" decision and they would remain "the best of friends".

So it's no surprise that both dancers shared a post about their dance school's open day next month as well to prove they're still happy to work together.

The news of their split comes ten months after the Russian dancer was pictured kissing dance partner Seann Walsh.

The Sun also revealed how Katya had been reinstated to the main line-up with a celebrity partner.

Producers had planned to relegate her to reserve dancer when the new series starts as punishment for the “Kissgate” scandal.

Katya has been reprieved because show bookers signed up eight male celebrities instead of the planned seven, so they need an extra female dancer.

Meanwhile regular back-up dancer Neil will get a celebrity partner for the first time.

He steps into the limelight at the expense of show favourite Gorka Marquez, 28.

Neil got the nod over Gorka because the Spanish star is not tall enough for many of this year’s female celebrities. Gorka will now be one of the reserves.

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