Strictly’s Katya Jones denies raging ‘public have it in for her’ and threatening to quit

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Katya Jones has denied claims she threatened to quit the hit BBC show after raging the “public have it in for her” as she and Adam Peaty were voted off show.

Katya and Adam became the sixth couple to leave the show after losing out to Tilly Ramsay during the dance off on Sunday 7 November.

Following the pair exiting the show last weekend, The Sun reported that the pro dancer, 32, raged backstage that the “public have it in for me” after the couple saw the results of the phone vote last weekend.

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A spokesperson for Katya told OK!: “This is completely and categorically untrue. Strictly means everything to Katya and she looks forward to many more years there.”

The publication claimed that, according to a source, Katya had grown frustrated after “four disappointing runs” since she won Strictly in 2017.

An insider was also reported to say that the professional dancer feels she is still affected by the fall-out of her kissing dance partner Seann Walsh in 2018.

Images and a video of Seann and Katya, 32, were released in October 2018, which showed the pair kissing at a pub in Central London.

The source said: “It’s no secret that that kiss did not go down well with some viewers and Katya thinks it’s still affecting her results.

“There was a tantrum backstage when she found herself in the dance-off and she was again saying it was because the public have it in for her.

“There was talk of quitting the show but no one wants her to do that.”

The source added: “Katya’s backstage reaction was purely down to the fact she wanted to go all the way in the series and you could see Peaty’s mum felt the same way.

“She believed Adam had what it took to win and to find themselves in the dance-off really hurt.

“For Katya, this year was meant to be a fresh crack at glory after last year’s heartbreak at having to quit when she got Covid.”

A Strictly spokesperson also told OK! they categorically denied these allegations.

Katya joined the professional dancers on Strictly back in 2016 with her then husband Neil Jones who is also a pro on the show.

She won the show in 2017 with actor Joe McFadden as they became the 15th winners of the hit BBC show.

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