Neil Jones 'will be paired with his first celebrity partner on Strictly' as Katya is 'reinstated back in the main line-up following kissing scandal'... after dancers confirm their split
He announced his split with wife Katya Jones on Sunday after 11 years as a couple and six years of marriage.
But it has now been rumoured that Strictly Come Dancing's Neil Jones may have some good news on the horizon as insiders claim he will be paired with a celebrity partner for the first time in the upcoming 2019 series.
Since his arrival on the show in 2016, the dancer, 37, has been performing as a member of the professional group dances and has also remained on standby for a female celebrity whose professional partner might not be able to perform.
Promotion: Strictly Come Dancing's Neil Jones may have some good news on the horizon as insiders claim he will be paired with a celebrity partner for the first time
The possible career move also comes after reports emerged that estranged wife Katya, 30, had initially been relegated to reserve dancer for the new series before the show's bosses decided to reinstate her position as one of the professionals.
A source told The Sun: 'Katya has got lucky. She was lined up for a back-up role following the controversy of the last series and accepted she would just have to ride this year out.
'But the way the bookings panned out, a space has come open and she’ll be part of the main series.'
The reports come after Neil and Katya took to Instagram on Sunday to announce that they had decided to part ways.
Dance floor: The possible career move also comes after Neil, 37, and Katya, 30, took to Instagram on Sunday to announce that they had decided to part ways
Split: In their announcement, the couple told fans that they had made the mutual decision to separate
Group dance: Since his arrival on the show, Neil has been performing as a member of the professional group dances
In their announcement, the couple penned: '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.
'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 projects.
'No matter what we do we will always support and respect each other. 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'.
Former partners: The pair first met during a dance competition in Blackpool in July 2008 before marrying each other in central London in 2013 (pictured together in 2019)
Questions: However last year their relationship fell under scrutiny when Katya was spotted kissing her then celebrity dance partner Sean Walsh on a street in London
The pair, who first met during a dance competition in Blackpool in July 2008, dated for five years before marrying each other in central London in 2013.
However, late last year their relationship fell under scrutiny when Katya was spotted kissing her then celebrity dance partner Seann Walsh on a street in London during a night out.
While Seann's relationship with his then partner Rebecca Humphries came to an end, Neil and Katya decided to continue their relationship.
Reflecting on the situation at the time Katya tweeted: 'I’m so sorry about any offence or hurt I may have caused with my actions...
'I wasn’t thinking and it was a one-off mistake after some drinks. I love my husband and we are very happy together, this is not a reflection on our relationship.'
A BBC spokesman said: 'The pairings will be confirmed in due course.'
MailOnline has contacted representatives of Neil Jones for comment.
Shocking news: Seann had been in a relationship with actress Rebecca Humphries for more than three years when the scandal came to light (pictured together in 2015)