Katya Jones and Neil Jones announced their split on their respective Instagram pages by sharing a joint statement with fans. After 11 years together, the Strictly Come Dancing professionals said they had decided to end their relationship but that they would still be working together. In line with this news, the couple have now unveiled part of their plan for the future, with Neil uploading a poll to his Instagram story, in view of his 166,000 followers. The picture showed him heading up a dance class as he shared news of an open day at The Joneses’ Studio, which he runs with Katya.
NEIL AND KATYA JONES: WHY IS THE STRICTLY COME DANCING COUPLE SPLITTING UP?
He went on to ask fans if they were coming along to the open day in September, with the option to choose “yes” or “no” in response to the poll.
On the studio’s official Instagram page, the former couple shared a post announcing the open day to their 1,817 followers.
The post promised “a fun-filled morning with lots of dancing, free taster classes, performances, information about events and so much more” on Sunday September 8.
“If you came last year you know you can’t miss out,” it said.
Neil and Katya’s plan for an open day at their dance studio comes after they spoke out about their split yesterday.
In a statement, which Katya also shared with her 136,000 Instagram followers, they said: “As our fans and loyal supporters you are really important to us and so we wanted to let you know some news.
“After 11 tears, we have made the mutual decision to separate.
“We will always love each other, just in a different way as friends,” the Strictly pair said.
“This will never change what a great team we make and we are really proud everything we have achieved together.
“Our shared love of dance means we will keep working and dancing together as well as exploring individual projects,” 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.”
Neil and Katya first met in 2008, when he filled in for her usual partner at a dance competition in Blackpool.
They went on to marry in 2013.
Their relationship was brought into the spotlight when Katya was pictured kissing her celebrity Strictly partner Seann Walsh, 33.
Both stars subsequently issued apologies, with the Russian-born dancer describing the kiss as “a mistake”.
There is no suggestion Neil and Katya’s separation was caused by her kiss with Seann, who was also in a long-term relationship at the time.
Both Neil and Katya will be returning to Strictly as part of the professional line-up when the 2019 series launches soon.