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03rd May 2022

Strictly Come Dancing stars confirm romance

“We’re getting to know more and more about each other day by day.”

Strictly Come Dancing professional Nadiya Bychkova has finally confirmed she is dating her co-star Kai Widdrington.

Rumours had been circulating for months that the Ukrainian dancer was seeing her fellow Strictly professional, who previously starred on RTÉ’s Dancing with the Stars.

In an interview with the Daily Mail Weekend magazine, Nadiya spoke openly for the first time about the pair’s relationship.


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“We’ve been seeing each other properly for a couple of months now,” she revealed.

“It’s early days and we’ve been rehearsing for the Strictly Professionals tour, so there’s been very little free time.

“But we’re getting to know more and more about each other day by day. He’s kind and compassionate and makes me laugh. I feel very relaxed with him.”

She continued: “Kai’s a fantastic dancer.He’s 6ft 2in and I’m 5ft 8in so we’re very compatible on the dance floor. There aren’t that many tall male dancers.

“We’re focused on our work, thankfully we both understand this is part of what we do.”


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Nadiya was previously engaged to Slovenian footballer Matija Skarabot. The two share a daughter, Mila.

The 32-year-old said she is still friends with her former partner, and they will always remain on good terms for their daughter’s sake.

“We’ll always be connected by Mila, who we love more than anyone and we’ll do our best to make sure she’s the happiest child,” she said.

“It’s important to Matija and me that we have a good relationship for Mila’s sake. Having a child surpasses everything else.

“We make sure it all works around her and we both understand our responsibilities.”