Seann Walsh says his Strictly kiss with Katya Jones "destroyed" his dreams

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

Seann Walsh has spoken candidly about the effects the kissing scandal with Strictly Come Dancing’s Katya Jones still has on his life.

The 35-year-old comedian was discussing his mental health on the podcast Take Flight, and revealed that it “destroyed his dreams” and changed his life forever.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

The incident occurred in 2018 while Seann was paired with Katya for Strictly Come Dancing. They were photographed kissing outside a pub and the pictures went viral. At the time, Katya was married to her now ex-husband and fellow Strictly dancer, Neil Jones, and Seann was in a relationship with actress, Rebecca Humphries. Following the incident, Rebecca ended her relationship with the comedian and released an impassioned statement in which she stated Seann has dismissed her when she questioned his relationship with Katya.

Recalling the moment the kiss became public knowledge, Seann said on the podcast: "From that point on my life changed forever.

"The panic attacks came back – big, big panic attacks and I ended up having what I later found out were Vertigo Seizures.

"I had one the other day, I just lied down – I had to lie down in the street, it's quite humiliating. It's London so nobody gives a s***.

"I have to relive what happened. Still, I can be OK then suddenly the memories of it all come back.

"It defeats me and beats me until the plates start spinning and I lose balance and fall and start screaming, so I still get them.

"They’re less frequent, I'd never had them before. I’m on anti-anxiety, anti-depression, it’s called Sertraline. For me exercise is what helps me."

He went on to talk about his previous ambition for his career but said he then felt that he was “living without hope”.

"I was a very dream-like young man, I would dream of doing the Apollo, my sitcom, I was always living in this fantasy land.

"Then it was suddenly the first time I was living without hope.

“A kiss and a statement destroyed my dreams and who I was. What I could have been, what my life could have been, what I could have made myself was gone."

For help, support and advice around mental health, call MIND Helpline on 0300 123 3393 or visit their website here.

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