Strictly stars look unrecognisable in video from BEFORE they were famous – and sad split

TWO of Strictly Come Dancing's most popular stars look unrecognisable in a video from before they found fame on the show – and their sad split.

Neil and Katya Jones are seen competing in the Festival of Latin American Dance in Moscow in 2013, just two months after they tied the knot.

The couple met in Blackpool in 2008 and teamed up to take the dance world by storm, becoming four-times British National Champions and winning the World Latin Amateur Championships three times.

A video previously surfaced from their wedding day in August 2013, showing them dancing and singing as they got ready to walk down the aisle.

Neil, 39, and 32-year-old Katya joined Strictly in 2016. She's had huge success on the show, winning with Joe McFadden in 2017 and becoming part of Strictly's first same-sex couple with Nicola Adams last year.

However Neil hasn't had quite the same amount of chances to shine. While Katya has competed with a celebrity six times, he's only had two famous partners – Alex Scott in 2019 and Nina Wadia for this year's series, though they were the first couple to be eliminated.

But it was Katya's partnership with comedian Seann Walsh in 2018 that got everyone talking – after they were snapped kissing after a night out in London.

While Katya was married to Neil at the time, Seann was dating Rebecca Humphries, who later revealed the kiss happened on her birthday.

Katya later insisted the kiss had been a mistake and that it wasn't a reflection of her marriage to Neil.

She said: "I am 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."

But the split just 10 months later, and in a joint statement at the time said: "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."


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