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Arlene Phillips hints Strictly spouses Katya and Neil Jones have an 'open relationship' following Russian dancer's steamy kiss with Seann Walsh

By Kayleigh Giles For Mailonline

Published: 05:16 EDT, 10 October 2018 | Updated: 05:55 EDT, 10 October 2018

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Their relationship appears to have gone untarnished by her kiss with celebrity partner Seann Walsh last week.

And former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips hinted that the marriage survival of Neil and Katya Jones is seemingly down to the pair being in an open relationship during her appearance on Wednesday's Lorraine.

The professional choreographer, who left the judging panel before the dancer spouses joined the BBC show, said that the couple show real 'togetherness', before adding that she knows plenty of people who are in 'open relationships'.

The secret to their unbreakable marriage? Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips hinted that Neil and Katya Jones have an open relationship during her appearance on Wednesday's Lorraine
The secret to their unbreakable marriage? Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips hinted that Neil and Katya Jones have an open relationship during her appearance on Wednesday's Lorraine

The secret to their unbreakable marriage? Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips hinted that Neil and Katya Jones have an open relationship during her appearance on Wednesday's Lorraine

Weighing in on Katya's scandalous kiss with comedian Seann, Arlene said: 'We all love Neil and Katya, there is a togetherness, in truth who knows what their relationship [is like]? 

'I know many people who have open relationships and we know nothing about Seann’s relationship with his girlfriend.' 

Addressing calls for the pair to be sacked from the show, she explained: ''I absolutely think they should be allowed to dance. They are consenting adults, the public appear to be the moral guardians. 

'I’m not condoning what they did at all but it’s a dance competition, unless they have signed some kind of disclosure, that there is a behaviour contract, they are not about to be stopped from dancing, that’s what they are hired to do, dance.'  

Still going strong: Katya and Neil's relationship appears to have gone untarnished by her kiss with celebrity partner Seann Walsh last week
Still going strong: Katya and Neil's relationship appears to have gone untarnished by her kiss with celebrity partner Seann Walsh last week

Still going strong: Katya and Neil's relationship appears to have gone untarnished by her kiss with celebrity partner Seann Walsh last week

While the Strictly curse has often been played down by those involved in the show, Arlene went on to add that it's very easy for dancer couples to cross the line.

She said: 'There is so much passion, sensuality and storytelling through dance. It’s such an intense relationship. There is a goal, every sat night there is a target they have to hit to stay in the competition. 

'The pros want to stay in, the celebrities want to stay in. You get closer and closer, you are thrown together. Many people in a very strong relationship, it doesn’t matter how close you get or how physical you are, they go home.  

Betrayal:  Seann and Rebecca have been in a long-term relationship for five years while Katya and Neil have been married since 2013. Both have since tweeted their regret over the incident
Betrayal:  Seann and Rebecca have been in a long-term relationship for five years while Katya and Neil have been married since 2013. Both have since tweeted their regret over the incident
Betrayal:  Seann and Rebecca have been in a long-term relationship for five years while Katya and Neil have been married since 2013. Both have since tweeted their regret over the incident
Betrayal:  Seann and Rebecca have been in a long-term relationship for five years while Katya and Neil have been married since 2013. Both have since tweeted their regret over the incident

Betrayal:  Seann and Rebecca Humphries (left) have been in a long-term relationship for five years while Katya and Neil Jones (right) have been married since 2013

'I love my husband and we are happy': On Sunday, Katya took to Twitter to publicly apologise for kissing dance partner Seann
'I love my husband and we are happy': On Sunday, Katya took to Twitter to publicly apologise for kissing dance partner Seann

'I love my husband and we are happy': On Sunday, Katya took to Twitter to publicly apologise for kissing dance partner Seann

Arlene also advised that celebrities should not sign up for the dance show if their relationships aren't in a strong place, adding: 'You are ready, you are putty in the hands of whoever is teaching you.

'There is something about somebody who is teaching you. These very strong female partners teaching their male partners, and vice versa. 

'There is an intensity, and they are thrown together for hour upon hour, physically close...There is constant touching and feeling.

On Sunday, Katya took to Twitter to publicly apologise for kissing dance partner Seann, who was in a relationship with actress Rebecca Humphries at the time, and insisted she was still madly in love with her husband.   

Rebecca's statement: The actress said she is not a victim and has left Seann and 'took the cat' after he kissed his dance partner in London - on his girlfriend's birthday
Rebecca's statement: The actress said she is not a victim and has left Seann and 'took the cat' after he kissed his dance partner in London - on his girlfriend's birthday

Rebecca's statement: The actress said she is not a victim and has left Seann and 'took the cat' after he kissed his dance partner in London - on his girlfriend's birthday

All OK? Neil and Katya have been married since 2013 but have put on a united front since the kiss came to light this weekend (pictured in August)
All OK? Neil and Katya have been married since 2013 but have put on a united front since the kiss came to light this weekend (pictured in August)

All OK? Neil and Katya have been married since 2013 but have put on a united front since the kiss came to light this weekend (pictured in August)

She wrote: '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.' 

Sean branded the smooch a 'mistake', writing: 'In light of the story in today's newspaper I would like to offer my sincere apologies for my actions. This is no excuse but it was a one-off drunken mistake which I am truly sorry for.' 

An onlooker who witnessed their kiss, told the Sun they were 'snogging like a pair of teenagers' and 'didn't seem to care who might see them'.  

But while Katya and Neil's marriage seems to still be intact, on Monday evening Seann's girlfriend of five years, Rebecca, announced in a lengthy Twitter statement that she has left the comic.

The actress-cum-writer revealed she had taken their cat and also accused Seann of calling her a 'psycho' when she raised cheating suspicions, before expressing her regret at 'not trusting her instincts' and leaving him sooner.  

Back at it: The couple will still take to the dancefloor this weekend, despite calls from them to be sacked from the series
Back at it: The couple will still take to the dancefloor this weekend, despite calls from them to be sacked from the series

Back at it: The couple will still take to the dancefloor this weekend, despite calls from them to be sacked from the series

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