Strictly’s Seann Walsh and Katya Jones look sombre on a lunch date

Strictly’s Seann Walsh and Katya Jones look sombre on a lunch date as they’re seen for the first time since ‘awkward’ apology interview over kiss scandal

  • The dancing duo were seen filming scenes for the BBC primetime show, as they also grabbed lunch together
  • Their sombre display was a far cry from snaps of the pair giggling together, which were taken just hours before their passionate embrace in London
  • Seann and Katya finally spoke out on the scandal in their first interview on It Takes Two on Wednesday night
  • While both said they had ‘regret’ over their behaviour, Seann added that he ‘wasn’t the person he was being portrayed as’
  • Seann and Katya were spotted kissing after a night out last week, and the fallout has led the comic being dumped by girlfriend Rebecca Humphries
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They finally spoke out on their shocking kiss scandal during an appearance on It Takes Two on Wednesday night.

And Strictly Come Dancing’s Seann Walsh and Katya Jones showed what a difference a day could make, as they looked sombre while grabbing lunch together in London on Thursday.

The dancing duo were seen sitting down to eat together after apologising for their behaviour in an interview branded incredibly ‘awkward’ by viewers, sharing their ‘regret’ over the kiss 


Awkward: Strictly Come Dancing’s Seann Walsh and Katya Jones couldn’t hide their sombre mood as they grabbed lunch together after finally speaking out on their ‘kiss’ scandal

Katya was putting on a casual display in a low-key white t-shirt and jeans combo as they headed to a nearby Prezzo’s Italian, while Seann was also dressed for the training in all-black.

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The pair were seen filming various scenes for Strictly ahead of this Saturday’s live show, before later sitting down to have lunch together.

While at one point the couple shared a smile or two, overall the atmosphere seemed tense as they took a break from gruelling rehearsals.

It was a far cry from the cosy display seen by the pair as they sat down to eat together the same day they were spotted sharing a kiss in London after a night out. 




Tense: The pair were seen heading to a nearby Italian restaurant to film scenes for the BBC primetime favourite


Dramatic: The atmosphere between the dancing duo seemed tense as they filmed extra VT scenes, which are normally shown ahead of their dance performance


Tough time: Seann and Katya had resumed rehearsals for the Charleston ahead of their dance performance this Saturday


Which one? It was reported that the couple’s dance was changed from a sultry rhumba to something more family friendly, but this is yet to be confirmed


Casual: Katya was still putting on a stylish display in a comfy all-black look as she headed beach to rehearsals


Rough ride: Despite many fans demanding they be axed from the show for their behaviour, bosses have confirmed that Seann and Katya will dance together this Saturday

Both Seann and Katya have resumed rehearsals after bosses confirmed that they would not be axed from the show for their behaviour, and would dance the Charleston this Saturday.

It was rumoured that the pair’s dance had been changed from a sultry rhumba to something more family friendly after snaps of their kiss broke, but this has not been confirmed.

Bookies now have the couple as favourite to be voted off the show this week, in stark contrast to last Saturday, when they wowed the judging panel and watching viewers with a Matrix-themed paso doble. 


Time for food: After filming both Seann and Katya were seen sitting down for lunch together


Chilled out: The pair seemed far more sombre than a week earlier, when they were seen laughing together just hours before kissing on the London night out


Working hard: It seemed like business as usual for the dancing duo in a brief break from their tough training


Quiet: Seann was seen leaving the training studio in all-black, as he continued to look ashen following last week’s scandal


Over: The fallout has led to the comic being dumped by his actress girlfriend Rebecca Humphries

Following their appearance on Wednesday’s It Takes Two, fans rushed to social media to brand the interview incredibly ‘awkward.’

Poking fun at the ‘dark’ discussion, social media viewers use hilarious memes of stunned celebrities to echo their emotions while watching the show.

One fan wrote: ‘Holy F***. Most awkward interview ever… cringing over my carrots #ItTakesTwo.’

In agreement, another penned: ‘Awkward TV Highlight of the Year #ItTakesTwo… the whole atmosphere just turned really dark when seann and Katya were interviewed.’

‘#Strictly #ItTakesTwo that was more cringey than watching an impromptu sex scene in a film with your parents’, a third commented.




Whip it up: Both Seann and Katya could be seen showing off their culinary skills as they filmed in the restaurant before having lunch together


Lurking: Seann attempted to hide himself from prying eyes as he headed to a waiting car after training


Keeping quiet: The Mock The Week star had his brown curled tresses pulled back into a bun as he jumped into the parked vehicle

One angered fan gave their two pence on the pair’s upcoming Charleston routine for Saturday’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing: ‘Well that wasn’t a little uncomfy to watch #strictly #ittakestwo how are they going to do a charls ton knowing people are going to judge them even more (sic).’

‘Seann & Katya on #ItTakesTwo – interpretation. Sorry we got caught. Can we go now? Bye bye #BBCstrictly’, another chimed in.

Viewers continued to comment on Seann and Katya’s comments, with one penning: ‘I’m sorry but if there was an ounce of decency in either of them they’d just leave quietly. It wasn’t a gentle sweet kiss, it was p***d tonsil tennis! #ItTakesTwo @bbcstrictly (sic).’


Going? Since the scandal – which broke while filming for Sunday’s results show was still taking place – bookies have dubbed Seann and Katya the favourites to be voted off next week


Controversial: It’s a stark contrast to Saturday, when Seann and Katya wowed the panel with an incredible Matrix-themed Paso Doble




Back to work: After both of the pair issued a statement apologising, Katya insisted things are ‘absolutely fine ‘ between her and husband Neil Jones


What’s next? Fans will have to wait and see whether Katya and Seann can make it through to next week’s show after the scandal

It comes as Seann Walsh and Katya finally spoke out on the scandal during the appearance on It Takes Two, expressing their ‘regret’ at the impromptu kiss.

During the show, Seann detailed: ‘I think that, obviously I’m sorry for the hurt that I’ve caused.

‘We were getting on well, we were having fun. We had a couple of drinks and made a huge mistake and I regret it deeply.’

Responding to his ex-girlfriend Rebecca’s remarks on Twitter, where she publicly dumped the star, he said: ‘I made a mistake, which I’m very sorry for – sorry for the hurt that I’ve caused.

‘You never think about the extent of the damage that you’re going to do, in a moment of, you know the mistake that you’ve made. 


Awkward: It comes after viewers were left cringing at Seann Walsh and Katya Jones’ appearance on It Takes Two on Wednesday evening, as the pair spoke about their ‘regret’ over their drunken kiss

‘I’m not perfect, far from it. Our relationship wasn’t perfect. That doesn’t mean I wanted it to end the way it finally did, and I’m very sorry for that.

‘I feel it’s also important for me to say that the people that know me the most, that love me, they know that I am not the person I’m being portrayed as. I’m still sorry for what I did, but it’s very important for me to get that out there.’

Katya, who is married to husband Neil Jones, 35, added: ‘Obviously I apologise, and I can’t apologise enough to everyone who it hurt and involved.


Split: Comedian Seann, 32, who passionately shared a kiss with married Katya, 32, last week, said he was ‘not the person I’m being portrayed as’ by his ex-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries

‘But, the main thing, me and Neil are absolutely fine and that’s what matters to me the most right now and focusing on my job and doing it as professionally I can.’

Walsh and Jones have suffered an enormous backlash after pictures emerged of them locked in a passionate embrace following a night out at a London pub.

The news first broke on Saturday night while filming for the Strictly results show – which normally airs on a Sunday – was taking place. 


Steamy: Walsh and Jones have suffered an enormous backlash after pictures emerged of them locked in a passionate embrace following a night out at a London pub

In a lengthy statement shared across social media on Monday, Humphries confirmed she has ended their five-year relationship following the emergence of the damning pictures – despite the pair both issuing public apologies. 

Seann wrote: ‘In light of the story in today’s newspaper I would like to offer my sincere apologies for my actions. This is no excuse but it was a one-off drunken mistake which I am truly sorry for.’

Meanwhile Katya had previously tweeted: ‘I’m so sorry about any offence or hurt I may have caused with my actions. I wasn’t thinking and it was a one-off mistake after some drinks. I love my husband and we are very happy together, this is not a reflection on our relationship.’ 


Rebecca’s statement: The actress, 32, said she is not a victim and has left Seann and ‘took the cat’ after he kissed his dance partner in London – on his girlfriend’s birthday


Long-term relationship: Katya has been married to fellow Strictly pro Neil Jones for five years 

VICTIMS OF THE STRICTLY CURSE

A look back at when The Curse struck… starting all the way back with series 1

Series 1: Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole


Did they/didn’t they? Natasha Kaplinsky and her hunky partner Brendan Cole sparked affair rumours

Strictly hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons during season one. Viewers were transfixed by the apparent close bond between newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and her hunky partner Brendan Cole. 

Although the pair went on to win the show, their success was blighted by affair rumours. 

BBC presenter Natasha soon split from long-term partner Mike Barnard while Brendan dumped his fiancée and fellow dancer Camilla Dallerup.

Writing in her book Strictly Inspirational, Camilla said their split was like a ‘mini death’.

‘You go through the arc of grief, anger, bitterness,’ she said. ‘My best friend and dancing professionally with Brendan had both gone.’ 

However, Natasha has always denied any wrongdoing, saying: ‘There was chemistry, of course, and I certainly fell in love with dancing, but I did not fall in love with Brendan.’

Series 5: Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace

Of all the Strictly romances there’s been over the years, this remains one of the most interesting. 


Clandestine: Before long gossip was raging about how Flavia and Matt, then 19, were secretly in love

Flavia Cacace was in a long-term relationship with her dance partner Vincent Simone when she was partnered with Matt Di Angelo in 2007. He was eight years her junior.

Before long gossip was raging about how Flavia and Matt, then 19, were secretly in love. Shortly after the show finished she called time on her romance with Vincent and went public with Matt.

Looking back at their partnership, Matt told Daily Mail: ‘It was a pretty crazy time. It was front page news.

‘The funny thing was the story did not start off as true, but the more you read it, the more you started to believe it and actually act on it.’ 

Their romance ended in 2010, and a few weeks later Flavia admitted she was dating her latest dance partner, actor Jimi Mistry, who she went on to marry.

Series 7: Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff


Not to be: Kristina is said to have also wanted children while Joe already has two sons from a previous relationship


Over: Unfortunately for Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev their relationship didn’t manage to go the distance


Scandal: Kristina Rihanoff was recently forced to defend her romance with Strictly partner Ben Cohen

Former boxer Joe Calzaghe split with his girlfriend of five years Jo-Emma Larvin just a week into the show in 2009. 

The sportsman began a relationship with Russian dancer Kristina Rihanoff soon afterwards.

The pair enjoyed a four-year romance but parted ways after Joe reportedly asked Kristina not to accept a role dancing in a stage production.

Speaking to Hello! Kristina said: ‘He was sick and tired of waiting around for me, and said that if I truly loved him, I wouldn’t have taken the job in the West End.’

Kristina is said to have also wanted children while Joe already has two sons from a previous relationship. 

Series 8: Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev 

Unfortunately for Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev their relationship didn’t manage to go the distance.

After winning the show in 2010 the pair hooked up, love quickly blossomed and they moved into a London home together.

However, it’s believed Russian Artem’s visa issues saw him having to spend time apart from Kara for months on end and they eventually decided to call it a day.

In July, Mr Selfridge actress Kara was linked to ITV presenter Matt Johnson after they’d been seen on a number of cinema dates together. 

Series 11: Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff

Kristina Rihanoff was recently forced to defend her romance with Strictly partner Ben Cohen insisting that their relationship only began once his 11 year marriage to wife Abby had come to an end. 

‘He left his wife a year ago,’ she told Daily Mirror. ‘Recently we started dating but we’re allowed to see each other as two single people.’ 

Kristina – who has also dated Vincent Simone and ex partner Joe Calzaghe – said there have been other couples, yet she is the only one to be ‘attacked’.  

She said: ‘Ben’s said it many times and I’ll say it again – I wasn’t involved in the breaking up of his marriage.’

Meanwhile Abby recently described the split and resultant divorce as ‘the most traumatic thing to ever happen to me’. 

Ben, 37, met Abby in 1995 at the age of 17, and the couple married in 2003 before welcoming their daughters in 2008.

Series 11: Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev 


‘It doesn’t exist!’ Rachel Riley brushed aside the fact that The Curse exists, after she left her husband and got together with pro Pasha Kovalev

On the same series, Countdown’s math whiz Rachel Riley’s relationship with her pro partner Pasha Kovalev ultimately ended her marriage to her husband of just one year.

She wed Jamie Gilbert in 2012, taking part on 2013’s season of the dancing show. By then end of 2013, they had split and she was with Pasha – which she claims began after the show came to an end.

‘On Strictly, you form a close bond with your partner, but there was nothing romantic when Pasha and I were dancing. It was just dancing,’ she told the Mail the following January, insisting there’s no such thing as The Curse.

‘[Strictly] serves as a magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines,’ she said, explaining the situation. She is still with Pasha today.

Series 11: Susanna Reid 


Epiphany: Shortly after the show ended, the TV host split from her long-term partner Dominic Cotton


Divorcee: Actress Sunetra Sarker also announced her marriage split after starring on Strictly

Susanna Reid was another victim of series 11. She was billed as the most popular breakfast TV host and in a 15-year ­relationship when she reached the Strictly Come Dancing final that year.

However shortly after the show ended, the TV host split from her long-term partner Dominic Cotton.

However, mother-of-three Susanna, who was paired with professional Kevin Clifton, said the programme was not to blame for her love problems. 

Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna told Daily Mirror: ‘I think people think Strictly was bound up in what happened. It wasn’t. Obviously things have been challenging in my personal life but we are getting things sorted.’

Series 12: Sunetra Sarker 

Actress Sunetra Sarker also announced her marriage split after starring on Strictly.

She parted ways with her husband Nick Corfield after ten years of marriage just before the programme hit the screens.

The couple first met in 1989 while on holiday in Jersey and have a 13-year-old son together. 

However, she said the romance had ended long before her reality show stint: ‘The truth is three years ago me and my husband amicably split up and it obviously had nothing to do with Strictly.’

The Casualty actress, who plays Dr Zoe Hanna in the BBC medical drama, is now said to be dating business partner Scott Carey. Together, the pair set up the food firm Keep Me Fresh. 

Series 12: Caroline Flack  

Caroline Flack broke up with her boyfriend of a year and a half, Jack Street, after making her way into the Strictly Come Dancing semi-final.


The price of success: Caroline Flack broke up with her boyfriend of a year and a half, Jack Street, after making her way into the Strictly Come Dancing semi-final

According to The Sun, she was ‘distraught’ backstage at the BBC show, but managed to put on a brave face to wow with her Tango and top the leader board.

A source close to her told the newspaper: ‘It came to a natural end and was mutual.’ 

Some contestants have ended relationships to engage in a romance with their dance partner on the show, but the source noted that in Caroline’s case, this wasn’t the reason.

‘No one else is involved,’ they stated.

Caroline had been seeing music manager Jack for around 18 months and she previously said that he was fine with her working on the talent show despite its reputation.

‘Jack’s been completely fine about the whole curse thing,’ she said, quoted in The Mirror. ‘He hasn’t once been worried’.

Series 13: Helen George  


Over and out: Actress Helen George announced her split from husband of three years, fellow actor Oliver Boot, after she was revealed as a contestant on the show

It did not take long before the dreaded curse of Strictly struck again.

Actress Helen George announced her split from husband of three years, fellow actor Oliver Boot, after she was revealed as a contestant on the show.

‘I can confirm that Helen separated from her husband some time ago,’ a spokesperson for the star said. She has not been linked to any fellow Strictly contestants or professional dancers.

A Royal Academy Of Music graduate, Helen is best known for starring as Nurse Beatrix ‘Trixie’ Franklin in the hit BBC period drama Call The Midwife.

George has also performed as a back-up singer for Sir Elton John and starred in a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel called The Woman In White.

She met her former partner on set of BBC drama Hotel Babylon, and the couple married in December 2012.

Series 14: Louise and Jamie Redknapp


Divorced: Louise Redknapp appeared on the series in 2016, after which she and Jamie were said to be facing marital issues

Footballer Jamie Redknapp is said to have been offered a place on the Strictly line-up recently, but understandably has refused after the series was blamed for the demise of his marriage to wife Louise.


Split: The Cliftons – a married pair of pro dancers – split romantically in 2018

Louise appeared on the series in 2016, after which she and Jamie were said to be facing marital issues. By the end of 2017, they were divorced.

It was highly-speculated that Louise realised, during the show, that she wanted to get back to work having sacrificed her career for her marriage – with co-star Daisy Lowe said to have helped her ‘rediscover her youth’.

A TV source said: ‘Strictly used to be show that no celebrity ever turned down. But the Curse has changed all that. There is now a genuine concern that appearing on the show can negatively impact relationships. Jamie only has negative feelings about Strictly now. There’s absolutely no way he would appear.’

Louise was also rumoured to have struck up a romantic bond with her pro partner Kevin Clifton, but this has never been confirmed. 

Series 14: Kevin and Karen Clifton


Dumped: Rebecca Humphries dumped cheating Seann Walsh with a tweet


Forgive and forget? It’s yet to be revealed what the outcome of Katya Jones’ kiss with Seann means for her and hubby Neil

Despite the rumours surrounding thrice-married Kevin while he partnered with Louise, nothing seemed to transpire between the two. He was, of course, married at the time too – to fellow pro Karen Clifton.

However, since then, the pair have split up.

Kevin proposed to her, on her birthday, on stage during a performance of Burn the Floor and they wed in July 2015. But in March 2018, they confirmed that they were no longer together romantically.

They have since continued to work together as a pro dance partnership, however, insisting there is no bad blood.

Series 16: Seann Walsh, Katya Jones, Neil Jones and Rebecca Humphries

2018 has seen The Curse strike early on in the season, with drama escalating just three weeks into the live shows.

In a new twist, a love square formed when Katya Jones, who is married to fellow show professional Neil, was snapped all over her celeb partner, comedian Seann Walsh, on the street outside a pub in London. This took part on Sean’s girlfriend’s – actress and writer Rebecca Humphries – birthday, no less.

The pair brushed it off as a ‘one-off mistake’, despite them kissing and laughing brazenly in public. Since then, Rebecca ‘dumped’ Seann via a Twitter statement.

Seann and Katya have not pulled out of the show, with their dalliance a gigantic elephant in the room as they still perform on the series, with Neil on set too.

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