Katya Jones puffs on a cigarette while self-isolating at home

Strictly’s Katya Jones looks downcast as she puffs on a cigarette while self-isolating at home after testing positive for COVID-19

Katya Jones puffed on a cigarette at her home in London as she self-isolates after testing positive for COVID-19.

The professional dancer, 31, relaxed at her window on Friday after she was axed from this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing following her diagnosis.

Katya went makeup free as she smoked by the window and was dressed casually in a white top while she appeared to have her brunette locks tied up.

Isolating: Katya Jones puffed on a cigarette at her home in London as she self-isolates after testing positive for COVID-19

The Russian beauty’s celebrity dance partner Nicola Adams was also forced to bow out of the competition and is also in self-isolation, although she has not tested positive for COVID-19.

According to The Sun, Katya was ‘inconsolable’ after learning she would have to exit the competition as she was hoping to rehabilitate her image this year after she was pictured kissing dance partner Seann Walsh during the 2018 series.  

A source said: ‘She was inconsolable about having to leave the competition, she was so excited about being in the first same-sex couple and she really thought it was her chance to restore her battered ‘kissgate’ image.

‘She wants to be remembered for all the right reasons not the wrong ones.’


Glum: The professional dancer, 31, relaxed at her window on Friday after she was axed from Strictly Come Dancing following her diagnosis

Casual: Katya went makeup free as she smoked by the window and was dressed casually in a white top while she appeared to have her brunette locks tied up

Nicola is self-isolating with her girlfriend Ella Baig and reportedly hasn’t ruled out training with Katya again in the future.

Katya was stunned to learn she tested positive as she didn’t display any symptoms, and is now convinced she must have caught the virus in a sandwich shop after telling bosses she hasn’t been mixing with others as she lives alone.

She and Nicola trained together on Monday and Tuesday – and Katya tested positive that day, according to sources.

While the Strictly cast have been in social bubbles, they are allowed to continue their daily business as normal, with insiders now claiming ‘furious’ BBC bosses have vowed to tighten the rules for the remaining celebs.

Show: The Russian beauty’s celebrity dance partner Nicola Adams was also forced to bow out of the competition and is also in self-isolation

Upset: According to The Sun, Katya was ‘inconsolable’ after learning she would have to exit the competition

A Strictly representative confirmed to MailOnline that bosses are not launching an investigation into how Katya contracted the virus as there is no way to indicate where she may have caught it.

They added that as the dancer lives alone and has only been leaving her house to train, she hasn’t been socialising with others.

This also means that the Strictly final next month will feature just four couples instead of the planned five.

Strictly bosses later confirmed in a statement that Nicola cannot return next series as she would have an ‘unfair advantage’ over the other celebrities.


Image: She was reportedly hoping to rehabilitate her image this year after she was pictured kissing dance partner Seann Walsh during the 2018 series

Strictly introduced strict new measures to ensure filming could continue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including regular testing and placing the couples in separate ‘bubbles’ so they can train and perform together.

These ‘bubbles’ mean that any celebrity can openly mix, train and perform with their professional partner and vice versa, but they are prohibited from mixing with anyone from outside of their bubble during filming or training.        

Katya took to Instagram before Saturday’s show and told how she was saddened that her and Nicola were no longer taking part.

She wrote: ‘We’re going to miss being in the studio today! @nicolaadams and I would have been performing American Smooth to Stand by me. Good luck to all the couples and Anton tonight!! I’ll be watching.’ 

A source said: ‘She was so excited about being in the first same-sex couple and she really thought it was her chance to restore her battered ‘kissgate’ image’

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