Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones has opened up about on-line dating for the primary time in her life, 18 months after separating from her husband Neil Jones, who she met on the age of 18. The skilled dancer revealed that dating apps weren’t for her and one was rapidly deleted from her cellphone, because it was affecting her self-worth.
Katya, 31, mentioned it was “fascinating” to be dating as she had by no means actually executed it earlier than, having met her ex-husband at such a younger age.
She admitted it was all new to her, however hoped that she would be capable of discover a potential companion whereas out strolling her canine, as an alternative of utilizing a dating app.
The BBC star shares an eight-year-old Chihuahua Shitzu Poodle referred to as Crumble with Neil, who she stays on good phrases with.
He just lately adopted a brand new canine, which the previous couple additionally collectively look after.
Talking about her expertise with dating apps, Katya admitted that they weren’t for her.
“I did attempt an app, I received actually enthusiastic about it.
“Then it hit my vanity, I received bored and deleted it,” the dancer mentioned throughout a brand new interview.
“I realised it wasn’t proper for me. I truly outreached to my Instagram followers and requested them how they’re interacting with individuals and dating and so on. Lots of people mentioned via apps, however this isn’t for me.
“I don’t need to use apps as a technique to kill time,” she informed Waggel.
Katya went on to say that she may see the advantage of on-line dating, giving the truth that socialising was virtually non-existent amid the coronavirus pandemic, and is an “old romantic” at coronary heart.
The Strictly 2017 champion mentioned she most well-liked face-to-face exchanges.
“I genuinely need to make a connection, perhaps I’m an old romantic.
“I can see why apps are helpful, particularly proper now, however I like speaking in-person an excessive amount of and that’s the correct method for me.”
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The Russian-born choreographer was married to fellow pro Neil for seven years after tying the knot in 2013.
They introduced their separation in August 2019.
Katya, who celebrated her thirtieth birthday three months earlier than her cut up, mentioned it was a “difficult time”.
She didn’t like the place she was in her life and felt like she was in “limbo”.
The ballroom and Latin dancer has since learnt to take pleasure in her personal firm and has spent lockdown concentrating on her personal happiness and wellbeing.
She mentioned that it took a yr to understand that she was her “personal soulmate”.
“I don’t want exterior validation,” she candidly revealed.
In the 2020 sequence of Strictly Katya was partnered with boxer Nicola Adams and made historical past as the primary same-sex couple to look on the show.
She additionally makes her personal clothes and sells undesirable gadgets on-line.