She may not be able to return to the dance floor yet.
But that didn’t stop Katya Jones from strutting around as she celebrated her 32nd birthday last week.
The Strictly Come Dancing pro looked a little worse after a five-and-a-half-hour lunch with BBC co-stars Janette Manrara and Luba Mushtuk.
Party! Katya Jones looked a little worse for wear after a five-and-a-half-hour lunch with BBC co-stars Janette Manrara and Luba Mushtuk as she celebrated her 32nd birthday.
Dressed in a minidress and black thigh-high boots, the Russian dancer was spotted on the streets of Soho as she posed with a red purse and a “Dancing Queen” sign.
Katya, who has danced with celebrities such as presenter Mike Bushell, has in the past made headlines for her off-show antics.
In 2018, she was pictured kissing her dance partner, comedian Seann Walsh while still married to now ex-husband Neil Jones.
It comes after Katya paid tribute to former flame Neil on his 39th birthday with a series of ’embarrassing’ flashbacks earlier this month.
Birthday girl: The Russian dancer was spotted on the streets of Soho as she posed with a red purse and a “Dancing Queen” sign
Outfit: Katya donned a denim mini dress and pair of black thigh-high boots for her boozy birthday outing
The first shot saw Neil smiling for the camera with friends as he held up a giant balloon that said “Happy Birthday”, while another photo saw the gang all pose on a boat as they partied.
Katya also posted vintage images of her and Neil from their wedding, including a photo of them alongside two friends who appeared to be at a party.
The dancer captioned the post: “Happy Birthday @mr_njonesofficial! Decidedly, you are getting old.
“But still full of life, energy and positivity! Keep that smile on your face and keep that red hair! Sorry, I used to straighten it out (drag for embarrassing phktos).
Pals: Katya looked in a good mood as she posed for a playful snap with her girlfriends
Pose: Katya struck a playful pose as she placed her birthday cake on her head for a fun photo
“May it be a great year for you !! Lots of love. #strictlycomedancing #birthday #happybirthday (sic) ‘
Earlier this year, Katya opened up about the disappearance of her seven-year marriage to Neil.
In an interview with Waggel, the star explained how she found her 30th birthday “difficult” because her marriage to Neil was going “downhill.”
Speaking of the dark times, she said: “In 2019 I turned 30, it was a tough time. I didn’t like where I was, I felt like I was in limbo actually.
Show: Katya and her fellow pros will be back on the dance floor later this year for the next Strictly series
Style: Strictly star comrade Janette looked stylish in a beige coat and burgundy boots
“My relationship was deteriorating. I didn’t feel happy in my own business until May 2020, when I spent my birthday in lockdown. “
Katya also revealed that she had used the time that had passed since her split from Neil to “get better” and that she had not been out since their split.
She said: “I came out of a marriage, not even a long term relationship, but a marriage. Neil and I had been together for 12 years, married for seven years.
The professional dancer said she hadn’t even thought about going out because “I just lived with this person for so long”.
Birthday boy: Katya paid tribute to ex-husband Neil Jones as she wished him luck on his 39th birthday with a series of cheeky return photos earlier this month
Still close: the dancer captioned the post: “Happy Birthday @mr_njonesofficial! Decidedly, you are getting old. But still full of life, energy and positivity! ‘(photographed in 2019)
Katya added that she was “happy on her own” but had days when she wanted to “sit and binge on Netflix with someone else”.
The Strictly star has also ruled out the prospect of meeting someone on a dating app because she is an “old romantic.”
While Katya has remained single since her marriage broke up, Neil had a brief love affair with Colombian dancer Luisa Eusse.
The couple split in January after their relationship was marred by claims Luisa cheated on Neil and was also using him for a visa to the country.
Katya admitted she was “jealous” when their dog Crumble, with whom they share custody, spent time with Luisa, but says she is sure if the situation happens again when one of them is. as a couple, it will be “absolutely good”.
Breakup: Katya and Neil announced their split in September 2019 – ten months after being pictured kissing her former dance partner Seann Walsh (pictured above)