Katya Jones’ mum told her to ‘toughen up’
(Picture: Rex, @mrs_katjones/Instagram)
The professional dancer was pictured kissing her 2018 dance partner while she was still married to fellow dancer Neil Jones.
Her mother Tatiana Kim was there to give her the ‘kick up the a**e’ after it all went out of control.
Speaking on The Makers Podcast, she explained: ‘It has been really hard. During Strictly last year I had a really bad, emotional moment, I called my mum on FaceTime because I didn’t want people to understand what I was saying.
‘I felt so sorry for myself, I was in tears. I thought she was going to be nice to me and feel sorry for me.’
She continued: ‘But she shouted at me: “Katya, stop crying right now and toughen up. What do you think that everyone in entertainment and the TV world is going to be nice to you?”.’
Her mum ‘didn’t feel sorry for her’ (Picture: @mrs_katjones/Instagram)
At the time of the scandal, Seann was in a long-term relationship with actress Rebecca Humphries.
It caused such a stir that fans called for the pair to be axed from Strictly.
Katya added: ‘It was such a shock and it was a good thing it was exactly what I needed, I needed a kick up my a**e.
‘I stopped crying immediately and went, “You’re right mum”.’
Seann and Katya were pictured kissing (Picture: BBC)
Katya and Neil stayed together until calling an end to their six-year marriage.
Seann and Rebecca split shortly after the scandal.
The comedian believed he ‘didn’t deserve’ to be ‘demonised’ after the incident.
He spoke to Richard Herring on his Leicester Square Theatre podcast in December and protested: ‘No one wants to hear me stick up for myself but I wish I’d stuck up for myself at the time. It’s with a tough year mentally, I lost a lot personally and job-wise.
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‘I think I did go through – I don’t mind saying it wasn’t fair, it wasn’t right – but I didn’t deserve it. I still wake up some days and it feels like it happened yesterday and it’s traumatic.
‘I’m not looking for sympathy, these are the facts.’
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