Katya and Neil Jones are branded ‘awkward’ by fans as they discuss dancing together before split

They announced the end of their marriage at the start of the month.

And Katya Jones, 30, and her Strictly co-star ex Neil, 37, awkwardly discussed their dancing partnership in a special show about the competition’s professional dancers on Saturday night. 

The former couple revealed an insight about their working relationship on the one-off special show and were branded ‘awkward’ by fans following their recent split. 

Awkward: Katya Jones, 30, and her Strictly co-star husband Neil, 37, discussed their dancing partnership in a special show about the competition's professional dancers on Saturday night

Awkward: Katya Jones, 30, and her Strictly co-star husband Neil, 37, discussed their dancing partnership in a special show about the competition's professional dancers on Saturday night

Awkward: Katya Jones, 30, and her Strictly co-star husband Neil, 37, discussed their dancing partnership in a special show about the competition’s professional dancers on Saturday night

Saturday night’s special episode ahead of Strictly Come Dancing’s first show saw the professional dancers as you have never seen them before delving into their journeys of becoming dancers.

The Russian beauty and her flame-haired husband famously started dating in 2008. 

During the BBC special, Katya reminisced about meeting Neil in Blackpool in 2008 and appeared to happily squeal as she remembered how they met.

Eagle-eyed viewers took to Twitter to label the couple as ‘awkward’. 

Reminiscing: The former couple talked about their introductions to dance and revealed an insight about their working relationship on the one-off special show

Reminiscing: The former couple talked about their introductions to dance and revealed an insight about their working relationship on the one-off special show

Reminiscing: The former couple talked about their introductions to dance and revealed an insight about their working relationship on the one-off special show

One viewer shared: ‘It’s so awkward watching Neil and Katya talk about each other.’

While another referred to the sadness of the situation: ‘Aw Neil and Katya.’

Katya explained: ‘The biggest competition in our world is Blackpool but I didn’t have a partner so I went for a few try outs with a few boys and one of them was Neil.’ 

Later, Neil talked candidly about his dancing relationship with his ex, but puts a lighthearted spin on the conversation and joked about being the ‘only ginger dancer.’ 

Born in Germany, British dancer Neil Jones revealed he took his first ballet class aged three, while Katya, born in Russia, started dancing when she was just six-years-old.  

'Awkward': Eagle-eyed viewers took to Twitter to label the couple as 'awkward' following their split after the Seann Walsh kissing scandal

'Awkward': Eagle-eyed viewers took to Twitter to label the couple as 'awkward' following their split after the Seann Walsh kissing scandal

‘Awkward’: Eagle-eyed viewers took to Twitter to label the couple as ‘awkward’ following their split after the Seann Walsh kissing scandal

The ‘awkward’ discussion on the BBC show comes after Neil made a cheeky remark about his ex at the recent Milton Keynes Hospital Charity Ball. 

The dancer told crowds that he plans to win the glitterball trophy and persuaded Strictly viewers to not vote for his ex and instead vote for him. 

Making a subtle dig, he pleaded: ‘Please send me the votes, give them to me and Alex. Don’t worry about Katya, she’s won it.’

‘Seriously, she’s had three years of votes. You can give them to me and Alex that would really help. Alex will improve over time, she will get better and better and better.’ 

Subtle dig: The 'awkward' discussion on the special show comes after Neil made a cheeky remark about his ex at the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity Ball

Subtle dig: The 'awkward' discussion on the special show comes after Neil made a cheeky remark about his ex at the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity Ball

Subtle dig: The ‘awkward’ discussion on the special show comes after Neil made a cheeky remark about his ex at the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity Ball

According to The Sun, they reportedly ended their romantic union in August as a result of a loss of passion between the sheets. 

However, their recent split comes almost a year after Katya was embroiled in a kiss scandal with her partner Seann Walsh during last year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

When the Strictly professionals announced the end of their marriage, insiders claimed the split was due to Katya’s scandalous kiss during the 2018 series.

The dancers confirmed they were splitting in joint Instagram statements, but despite writing they had mutual ‘respect’ and ‘love’, a source has claimed Katya’s infidelity was something her husband couldn’t get over. 

Past: During the BBC special, Katya reminisced about meeting Neil in Blackpool in 2008 and appears to happily squeal as she remembered how they met

Past: During the BBC special, Katya reminisced about meeting Neil in Blackpool in 2008 and appears to happily squeal as she remembered how they met

Past: During the BBC special, Katya reminisced about meeting Neil in Blackpool in 2008 and appears to happily squeal as she remembered how they met

Avoidance: Neil talks candidly about his dancing relationship with his ex, but puts a lighthearted spin on the conversation and jokes about being the 'only ginger dancer'

Avoidance: Neil talks candidly about his dancing relationship with his ex, but puts a lighthearted spin on the conversation and jokes about being the 'only ginger dancer'

Avoidance: Neil talks candidly about his dancing relationship with his ex, but puts a lighthearted spin on the conversation and jokes about being the ‘only ginger dancer’

In their announcement, the couple penned: ‘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.

‘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 projects.

Introduction: Born in Germany, British dancer Neil Jones revealed he took his first ballet class aged three, while Katya, born in Russia, started dancing when she was just six-years-old

Introduction: Born in Germany, British dancer Neil Jones revealed he took his first ballet class aged three, while Katya, born in Russia, started dancing when she was just six-years-old

Introduction: Born in Germany, British dancer Neil Jones revealed he took his first ballet class aged three, while Katya, born in Russia, started dancing when she was just six-years-old

Scandal: Their recent split comes almost a year after Katya was embroiled in a kiss scandal with her partner Seann Walsh during last year's Strictly Come Dancing

Scandal: Their recent split comes almost a year after Katya was embroiled in a kiss scandal with her partner Seann Walsh during last year's Strictly Come Dancing

Scandal: Their recent split comes almost a year after Katya was embroiled in a kiss scandal with her partner Seann Walsh during last year’s Strictly Come Dancing

They continued: ‘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.

‘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’

Katya was famously pictured kissing her celebrity partner, comedian Seann Walsh, during the 2018 series of Strictly.

Caught in the act: When the Strictly professionals announced the end of their marriage, insiders claimed the split was due to Katya's scandalous kiss during the 2018 series

Caught in the act: When the Strictly professionals announced the end of their marriage, insiders claimed the split was due to Katya's scandalous kiss during the 2018 series

Caught in the act: When the Strictly professionals announced the end of their marriage, insiders claimed the split was due to Katya’s scandalous kiss during the 2018 series

Love story: Neil and Katya were dating for five years when they wed in an idyllic ceremony in London in 2013. Their romance was played out in their show Somnium: A Dancer's Dream

Love story: Neil and Katya were dating for five years when they wed in an idyllic ceremony in London in 2013. Their romance was played out in their show Somnium: A Dancer's Dream

Love story: Neil and Katya were dating for five years when they wed in an idyllic ceremony in London in 2013. Their romance was played out in their show Somnium: A Dancer’s Dream

A source told The Sun at the time that their 11 year romance was rocked by the cheating: ‘The infidelity highlighted problems within the relationship and made it impossible for them to get back on track.’

The insider added though that the pro dancers are committed to working together on Strictly ‘as it’s their main source of income,’ with divorced dancers Kevin and Karen Clifton being their guides as they navigate work amid the split.

Neil and Katya were dating for five years when they wed in an idyllic ceremony in London in 2013. 

The story of their romance played out in their stage show Somnium: A Dancer’s Dream, which they toured with until June this year.

Statement: The dancers confirmed they were splitting in joint statements, but despite writing they had mutual 'respect' and 'love', a source claimed Katya's infidelity was unforgivable

Statement: The dancers confirmed they were splitting in joint statements, but despite writing they had mutual 'respect' and 'love', a source claimed Katya's infidelity was unforgivable

Statement: The dancers confirmed they were splitting in joint statements, but despite writing they had mutual ‘respect’ and ‘love’, a source claimed Katya’s infidelity was unforgivable

Katya’s kiss with Seann caused ructions across the nation as they were seen locking lips, on what transpired to be Seann’s then-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries’ birthday.

In what became a huge scandal, actress Rebecca took to Twitter when the images came to light to release an open letter aimed at the comedian.

She hit out at Seann in a statement, revealing the images of him kissing Katya were taken after he told her they were going for ‘a quiet drink’.

Friendly: Katya and Neil have proved to be amicable exes as they have continued to work side by side on Strictly Come Dancing and the professionals special show despite their separation

Friendly: Katya and Neil have proved to be amicable exes as they have continued to work side by side on Strictly Come Dancing and the professionals special show despite their separation

Friendly: Katya and Neil have proved to be amicable exes as they have continued to work side by side on Strictly Come Dancing and the professionals special show despite their separation

Katya and Neil have proved to be amicable exes as they have continued to work side by side on Strictly Come Dancing and the professionals special show despite their separation.

Meanwhile, during the 2019 Strictly launch show last week, Neil was partnered with footballer Alex Scott, with fans immediately noticing their chemistry. 

Alex is Neil’s first ever celebrity partner so he is no doubt keen to impress on the dance floor, after finally being given a famous pairing.

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