NEIL Jones returns to our screens as he joins the professional cast of Strictly Come Dancing.
The professional dancer’s marriage and subsequent split from Katya Jones has made headlines over the years – so here’s everything you need to know about his life and career to date.
Neil Jones returns to the ballroom for Strictly Come Dancing
Who is Neil Jones?
Neil Jones is a professional ballroom dancer who works as a professional for Strictly Come Dancing.
He is British but was born in Munster, Germany.
Neil started dancing at a local ballet school when he was just three years old.
During his competitive career he has represented Finland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
He also holds many titles including UK, British, Dutch, European and World Latin Champion.
Signing on to BBC’s Strictly in 2016, he said: “As a British dancer I grew up watching this amazing show, it’s a huge honor…
“I’m thrilled and excited to be part of the Strictly family.”
Who is Neil Jones dating?
Neil is now dating Love Island star Chyna Mills.
The couple confirmed their relationship on a romantic trip to Paris in August 2022.
This is Neil’s first serious relationship since he split from South American dancer Luisa Eusse two years ago.
Neil hasn’t spoken out about his romantic life since splitting from his estranged wife Katya Jones.
The former couple married in 2013 and announced their split six years later in August 2019.
Why did Neil Jones split from his wife Katya Jones?
On August 18, 2019, it was announced that Neil and his wife Katya Jones had split – ten months after she was pictured kissing strict partner Seann Walsh in 2018.
The couple, who married in 2013, confirmed their split on Instagram.
Katya and Neil were hit by the Strictly Curse when Katya was pictured kissing her dance partner Seann Walsh on the street outside a pub.
Hours before the story broke, the couple danced together as part of a routine with other pro dancers on the show.
A source said at the time: “There will be real turmoil behind the scenes, not least because Katya and Neil have to work side by side week in and week out.
“It’s going to be incredibly awkward, especially with Seann coming through to next week’s show.”
But Neil seemed to shrug off the controversy by posting a picture of his wife with Seann on Twitter.
Now former girlfriend Luisa Eusse believes the trauma of Neil’s split from Katya after six years of marriage – which ended just months after she was spotted snogging with comedian Seann Walsh – made a relationship with him impossible.
Bisexual Luisa, who dated Neil, 38, for five months, said: “He was upset by what happened with Katya – and it affected our relationship so much I felt like he could me never trust.
“I felt that he was constantly afraid that I would date other men and women or that I would betray him.
“When I went out at night he would wait all night and then ask me where I had been like he was my father. It made him impossible to be with.
“I can understand it in a way and you can’t blame him for still being hurt by Katya’s cheating but I couldn’t live with someone like that.”
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