Aussie cricket legend Dean Jones farewelled in private ceremony at MCG
Australian cricket legend Dean Jones has been farewelled on the hallowed turf of his beloved Melbourne Cricket Ground in a private ceremony. Jones, 59, died of a heart attack at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai last month, leaving the cricket world in shock and mourning the loss of one of the game's icons.Jones did a final lap of the MCG with the music of his friends Elton John and INXS playing out in the empty stadium.
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Since joining Strictly Come Dancing in 2016, Katya Jones has already become one of the show's most popular dancers. This year, she's making history as one half of Strictly's first ever same-sex pairing alongside boxer Nicola Adams.
Talent aside, the 31-year-old was also famously married to her fellow Strictly pro, Neil Jones. The couple were married for six years before calling it quits in August 2019. But who else has Katya dated? We investigate…
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Dancer Igor Astafiev dated Katya when the pair both lived in Russia and has claimed that the Strictly star was his first true love. When she left for the UK, he was so heartbroken that he quit dancing altogether.
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Katya and Neil tied the knot in August 2013, after five years of dating. Katya, who started dancing when she was just six years old in Russia, first got close to Neil way back in 2008 when they competed together in Blackpool.
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Together they went on to win the World Professional Latin Showdance Championships in 2015 and were crowned the British National Professional Champions four times before appearing together on Strictly.
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Strictly Come Dancing is finally back on our screens after an unprecedented year of uncertainty, making now the perfect time to look back at past love matches from the hit show. We've all heard about the famous 'Strictly curse' where contestants – and a few professional dancers – start off the series in relationships only to have their heads turned by their gorgeous dance partners. It happened to pro dancer Brendan Cole with Natasha Kaplinsky back in series one and Flavia Cacace and Matt Di Angelo in series four. In 2018 Seann Walsh and Katya Jones were pictured kissing during the series. While Katya's husband Neil Jones appeared to forgive his wife at the time, they announced their separation months later, and Seann was dumped by his girlfriend Rebecca Humphries immediately following the scandal. Then, during the 2019 series, AJ Pritchard and his partner Saffron Barker were forced to repeatedly deny romance rumours, as were Neil Jones and Alex Scott. However, while love is often lost on the show, it's not all doom and gloom for the stars. This might surprise you, but quite a few Strictly couples who met on the programme, or appeared already in a relationship, have actually weathered the sequin-covered storm and are still together today. Read on to find out who they are… READ: Aljaz Skorjanec reveals the surprising comment Janette Manrara made about living apart Faye Tozer and Michael Smith Faye Tozer is still married to her husband of almost ten years, Michael Smith. The Steps singer was partnered with Giovanni Pernice in the 2018 series, and despite a 'cosy' dinner between the two at the time, Faye is still very happy with her husband.
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Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez Gemma and Gorka met during Strictly 2017 but kept their romance under wraps until the series ended. Unusually for Strictly, they weren't dance partners – Gemma was coupled with Aljaz Skorjanec and Gorka danced with Alexandra Burke. Three years on, the gorgeous couple are still going strong and welcomed daughter Mia on 4 July 2019. In a previous interview with HELLO!, Gemma told us: "Gorka is like my best mate. He's very supportive and understanding of my career, and I'm very supportive and understanding of his. It works well. I hope he's The One, otherwise I wouldn't be with him." Gorka said: "She makes me laugh, she makes me happy. I'm lucky to have her beside me." You guys! Keep scrolling for more couples who have survived the Strictly 'curse' SEE: Remembering the Strictly stars who are no longer with us
Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes Not even dancing with Strictly veteran Anton du Beke could end this union! Ruth, who took part in the 2017 series, and Eamonn have been happily married since 2010 and have been together for a total of 22 years. In true Eamonn style though, he joked last year that Ruth's turn on the dancefloor was "nearly the end of our marriage". We can't ever see that happening! SEE: Ruth Langsford shares glimpse inside immaculate kitchen at Surrey home
Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton Stacey and Kevin started dating in early 2019 just months after they won Strictly together, and now live together in Stacey's new stylish London home. And while the loved-up pair only met last year, it seems that journalist Stacey has had a crush on the former Strictly professional for quite some time! In September, Kevin unearthed an old tweet from Stacey, in which she gushed over one of the professional dancers who had joined Strictly Come Dancing back in 2013. Kevin found out that his partner had either harboured a crush on him or fellow newbie Aljaz Skorjanec for years. Stacey's old tweet had read: "OMG! That new guy?! I likey [heart-eyes emoji] God I love Strictly!" Upon seeing the message, Stacey joked that she was fawning over Aljaz, writing: "@jmanrara is gonna kill me... [sic]." To which an unimpressed Kevin hit back: "@sjdooley erm..." Although Kevin announced his retirement from Strictly this year, he and Stacey are still one of our favourite duos to have found love on the ballroom floor!
Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev Rachel first met Pasha, 38, when they were partnered together on the BBC ballroom competition back in 2013. At the time she was in her first year of marriage to high school sweetheart Jamie Gilbert but they split soon after her appearance on Strictly. Ok, that's kind of curse material, but Rachel and Pasha are still together six years on. They secretly tied the knot in a Las Vegas ceremony in July 2019, and on the 15 December 2019, Rachel gave birth to their first child, a baby girl called Mave. Rachel's even learning Russian. MORE: Gemma Atkinson shares thoughts on Strictly's Gorka Marquez and Maisie Smith pairing
Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch It will take more than the Strictly 'curse' to break up Abbey Clancy and her husband Peter Crouch! The couple have weathered a few storms during their relationship, but despite the model being paired up with hunky Aljaz Skorjanec in 2013, she and Peter are stronger than ever. MORE: Dawn French clarifies Strictly comment following 'dig' at Anton du Beke
Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec Janette and Aljaz dated for two years before they joined the Strictly pro dancer team in 2013. Two years later the sweet couple got engaged, married in 2017 and are still happily coupled up today. A little known fact is that Janette briefly dated fellow dancers Pasha Kovalev and Artem Chigvintsev in the past but ultimately, Aljaz was the one for her. Strictly curse don't you dare touch these two!
Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova Remember Darren and Lilia? Dedicated Strictly fans will remember the professional dancers from back in 2004's series two when they joined the show. The couple performed on Strictly for six years before leaving the show at the same time. They are something of a rarity when it comes to SCD as they married before joining the show in 1999, stayed together during the show and are still together now with a baby girl Valentina Rose. What curse? Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
Ola and James Jordan We love the Jordans! Did you know that Ola and James have been together for 18 years and no Strictly curse has pulled them apart? Impressive. The dancers were long-time Strictly pros, both joining in 2006 and James leaving in 2013 and Ola in 2015. Ola has previously told HELLO! about the secret to their long-lasting marriage, saying: "Because we danced together and spent so much time together, we grew closer and fell in love, and then when we didn't spend time together, we missed each other. We just wanted to spend more and more time together and I think that's what made us be together. We've always liked each other's company."
Ore and Portia Oduba TV presenter Ore Oduba had a very special Strictly journey because his university sweetheart Portia was pregnant with their first child at the time. Despite morning sickness and tiredness, TV researcher Portia was in the audience cheering on her husband almost every week until he lifted the Glitterball trophy with pro partner Joanne Clifton in 2016. Speaking about his wife, he told HELLO!: "She keeps me grounded. She's my choreographer, stylist, physiotherapist as well as wife."
Frankie and Wayne Bridge Frankie Bridge was a newly-married woman when she competed on Strictly alongside Kevin Clifton in 2014. Despite the gruelling rehearsal schedule and months spent dedicated to the show – where she reached the final – Frankie and her husband Wayne are still happily married today. In fact, Frankie was forced to pull out of the Strictly tour the following year because she was pregnant with her second child.
They split in August 2019 and announced the sad news in a joint statement that read: "Hi everyone. As our fans and loyal supporters, you are really important to us and so we wanted to let you know some news. After 11 years we have made the mutual decision to separate.
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Katya and Neil split after six years of marriage
"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. Our shared love of dance means we will keep working and dancing together as well as exploring individual projects. No matter what we do we will always support and respect each other.
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"We wish one another every happiness and we will remain the best of friends. We are really looking forward to getting back to the ballroom and can't wait to keep on dancing. Lots of love from us both xx."
Katya was partnered with the comedian during 2018's series of Strictly Come Dancing and the pair were pictured kissing during a night out, which shocked the nation.
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Katya addressed the mistake publicly on It Takes Two alongside Seann, saying: "I can't apologise enough to everyone who it hurt and involved. But, the main thing, me and Neil are absolutely fine and that's what matters to me the most right now and focusing on my job and doing it as professionally as I can."
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The pair are currently self-isolatingThe BBC confirmed that Katya, who is asymptomatic, has tested positive for COVID-19. The pair are self-isolating separately, in line with the latest government guidelines.
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Seann Walsh and Katya were paired up in 2018
Since announcing her split from Neil, Katya has remained tight-lipped about her love life, while Neil has a new girlfriend, Luisa Eusse. However, the Russian star has been photographed wearing her wedding ring and still keeps the handle 'Mrs Kat Jones' on Instagram.
"I wear it all the time," she told The Sun last year. "It's too pretty to take it off. And it was probably expensive. I don't want to lose it so it stays on my finger. It's a beautiful ring." She continued: "I don't have a problem with wearing it so I don't see why anyone else should."
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Nicola Adams confirms one-off Strictly return with Katya Jones .
But not to compete.