Katya Jones says her ex 'tried to stop her moving to UK'
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Katya Jones, 31, has admitted that before reaching the “top of her game” professionally, she had many dreams and goals which would motivate her to perform. However once the Strictly Come Dancing pro had won 26 dance competitions alongside her ex-husband and former dance partner Neil Jones, 37, she began to “hate” being successful and started finding it “tough” to carry on competing.
I had a really tough time
Although Katya has had a celebrated dancing career, she admitted there has been “downfalls in that story”.
Opening up on how she had previously stayed motivated to win competitions while talking on the She’s Just A Dancer podcast, she shared: “I think my competitive nature helped me to chase those dreams, or those results, or get better.
“You’re like, ‘Oh I want to get this place now. Or I can improve and get to the final. Or the next step is to get to fourth or third, and then first,” she added.
However once she made it to the top of the World Latin Championship league with Neil, the excitement began to fade.
Katya continued: “It is all exciting because you keep climbing up that big mountain. You see those little checkpoints, but once I was at the top, or me and Neil, I absolutely hated being there.
“I had a really tough time turning up to competitions, although we won 26 competitions in a row, so we have reached that top.
“I remember my feelings about dancing in the final thinking, ‘I’m about to win this competition, what the hell am I doing right here on the floor?’
“So my mind would be floating somewhere else instead of enjoying the moment. The only thing that kept me going is that I loved dancing,” she divulged.
Katya was born in Russia and is a World Latin champion, who began dancing at the tender age of six.
In 2008, she formed a partnership with Neil and together they won the World Amateur Latin Championships for the first time two years later.
The went on to win the title a total of three times, before turning professional in 2013.
In 2015, they became the World Professional Latin Showdance champions and are four times undefeated British National Professional champions.
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Katya and Neil were also involved in a romantic relationship from 2011 and married in 2013.
However, the couple decided to go their separate way in 2019, after the Russian born star was spotted locking lips with comedian Seann Walsh.
Neil has previously opened up about the betrayal with The Sun, saying: “It was a shock. It was a major shock. I appreciated it of course that Katya told me, so I found out from Katya before it appeared.
“Straight away for me, I was more worried about Katya because I could see what was going to happen. It was a natural reaction.”
The couple tried to make their marriage work, but according to Neil they couldn’t repair their union.
He also stated that the end of their relationship was “nothing to do” with Seann.
Both Katya and Neil continue to appear in Strictly Come Dancing and are good friends.
Although he has managed to date since their split, Katya has found matchmaking during lockdown to be difficult.
She admitted to trying apps, but quickly got “bored” and ended up deleting them.
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