Nicola Adams leaves Strictly after partner Katya tests positive for coronavirus

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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Nicola Adams and Katya Jones have left Strictly Come Dancing after Katya tested positive for coronavirus, it's been announced.

A spokesperson for Strictly confirmed that Kayta is asymptomatic and the pair are self-isolating separately - but this marks the end of their historic journey due to show protocols on COVID-19.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

In a statement, boxer Nicola - a trailblazer as part of the show's first ever same sex couple - said: "Hey guys! I’m absolutely devastated my Strictly journey has come to an end so soon. I had so much more to give and so many people to win this for!

"But I just want to say a huge thank you to Katya for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for. She pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it’s been an incredible experience. I’m gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the COVID measures in place are to keep everyone safe, and I’m doing what I can to help.

Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images
Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images

"I’ll be spending the next 14 days isolating so I’d like to apologise in advance for the ridiculous amount of TikToks I’ll be posting, in my new found free time when I’m not gaming!

Katya added: “Dancing with Nicola has been an absolute inspiration. She's given her all each and every week and we were so excited to create more dances in the competition. Of course, I'm devastated to leave this way but I've made a friend for life and loved every moment of this special journey. I’d like to wish good luck to all the remaining couples!"

Photo credit: Luca Teuchmann / Contributor - Getty Images
Photo credit: Luca Teuchmann / Contributor - Getty Images

Sarah James, Strictly Come Dancing Executive Producer said: "We are incredibly sad that these unfortunate circumstances mean that Nicola and Katya are unable to continue on Strictly. They are a brilliant partnership and had already achieved so much during their time on the show.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"We'd like to thank them for their commitment and although their time in the competition has sadly come to an end we are hopeful that there will be opportunities for them to dance again in the future.”

The spokesperson for show confirmed the rest of the cast are unaffected and the show will continue on Saturday night on BBC One.

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