Saturday 21 September 2019

'Our relationship wasn't perfect' - Seann Walsh apologises for 'huge mistake' kissing Strictly partner

Seann Walsh with ex-girlfriend of five years Rebecca Humphries, left, and with Strictly dancing partner Katya Jones, right
Seann Walsh with ex-girlfriend of five years Rebecca Humphries, left, and with Strictly dancing partner Katya Jones, right
Seann Walsh and Katya Jones (BBC/Guy Levy)
Plaudits: Rebecca Humphries has been praised for ending her relationship with Seann Walsh after he kissed his Strictly Come Dancing partner. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Donmar Warehouse)
Strictly Come Dancing’s Seann Walsh with professional partner Katya Jones (Ray Burmiston/BBC)
Seann Walsh (L) and Rebecca Humphries attend a special screening of The Donmar Warehouse production of "The Vote" at the Ham Yard Hotel, generously supported by Chapel Down, on May 7, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Donmar Warehouse)
Seann Walsh and Katya Jones. Picture: Instagram
Seann Walsh and Katya Jones. Picture: Instagram
Katya Jones and Seann Walsh (Guy Levy/BBC)
Seann Walsh and Katya Jones. Picture: Instagram

Julia Hunt

Seann Walsh has said he “deeply” regrets his kiss with Strictly partner Katya Jones, but insisted he is not the person he is being portrayed as.

The comedian and professional dancer Jones have been at the centre of controversy after The Sun published pictures of them locking lips on a night out, despite both being in relationships.

The pair apologised in separate statements on social media and on Wednesday appeared together on Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two to address the scrutiny.

Walsh, 32, said: "I think that, obviously I'm sorry for the hurt that I've caused.

Seann Walsh (L) and Rebecca Humphries attend a special screening of The Donmar Warehouse production of
Seann Walsh (L) and Rebecca Humphries attend a special screening of The Donmar Warehouse production of "The Vote" at the Ham Yard Hotel, generously supported by Chapel Down, on May 7, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Donmar Warehouse)

"We were getting on well, we were having fun.

"We had a couple of drinks and made a huge mistake and I regret it deeply."

Earlier this week the stand-up comic was publicly dumped by his long-term partner Rebecca Humphries, who added in a withering statement that he had called her "psycho/nuts/mental" when she suspected something was going on.

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He told It Takes Two host Zoe Ball: "I think first of all I would rather not be having to address this publicly, but I feel like I have to.

"I made a mistake, which I'm very sorry for - sorry for the hurt that I've caused.

"You never think about the extent of the damage that you're going to do, in a moment of, you know the mistake that you've made.

"I'm not perfect, far from it. Our relationship wasn't perfect.

"That doesn't mean I wanted it to end the way it finally did, and I'm very sorry for that."

He added: "I feel it's also important for me to say that the people that know me the most, that love me, they know that I am not the person I'm being portrayed as.

"I'm still sorry for what I did, but it's very important for me to get that out there."

Jones, 29, is married to fellow Strictly dancer Neil Jones and in the aftermath of the pictures being published she said they were "very happy" and that the incident was not a reflection on their relationship.

She told Ball: "Yes obviously I apologise, and 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."

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One.

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