Strictly's Katya Jones gushes over 'amazing' Adam Peaty in sweet Instagram tribute after shocking near-kiss

STRICTLY Come Dancing star Katya Jones has gushed over her celebrity dance partner Adam Peaty in a sweet Instagram tribute.

The pair raised eyebrows over the weekend as Olympic swimmer Adam, 26, appeared to try to kiss his dance partner after their steamy routine.

Russian dancer Katya, 32, took to her Instagram grid with a series of behind-the-scenes snaps of herself and the gold medallist to gush over him.

The five photos saw the dancing pair in rehearsals, as well as back stage before their sexy dance routine on Sunday night.

Katya wrote in the caption: "Some days are hard, some days are really, really hard and sometimes it seems like an impossible task.

"But we're a team and we're here to cheer each other up, make another person laugh, bring Chinese into training, dress up as a T Rex if needed or just simple turn up or let them have a nap for 5 mins."

"Whatever works, we always get there. Thank you for always being an amazing student," she concluded, tagging Adam.

It comes days after dad-of-one Adam was spotted "leaning in" for a peck by viewers following their Argentine tango on the dancefloor.

One viewer tweeted of the moment: "Definitely looked like Adam and Katya were about to kiss at the end of that performance."

Another chimed in under a video of the dance: "Adam full had to snap himself out of a kiss at the end there. We all saw."

"Katya needs to remember is that Adam is in a relationship," reminded one fan, as rumours of the Strictly curse began to swell.

Someone else said: "Katya and Adam have definitely done more than just dance together – no way have they not lol."

However, Adam later blasted viewers for ‘getting carried away’ with near-kiss scandal.

Speaking on today's Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, he said: "It's about being believable as well. You don't want to do a dance like that and not do it justice because you haven't switched on right at the end.

"So it's being believable and that's what some people get carried away with. But hey ho, that's life."


Adam said he was nearly overwhelmed with adrenaline during the routine and knew they were performing well from the reaction in the studio.

He said: "It's easy to get lost in the moment with the adrenaline, because I get so much adrenaline when performing, especially when she was on my shoulders and my arms were open.

"I looked at the other celebs that side of the room and I was like, 'Yes, I am good here.' Then my head was like, 'Calm down, calm down, because I'm not finished yet.'

"There was so much emotion at the end, and when we finished Katya made a noise."

Last week Olympic swimmer Adam revealed he missed his son's first birthday due to filming of the BBC show.

His absence didn't go down well with his Welsh girlfriend, who is mum to their one-year-old boy George.

The 26-year-old admitted: "It didn't go down too well but that's the difficult thing when you do this, everyone has to understand."

Adam and artist Eiri met on Tinder at the beginning of 2020 and within months were expecting their son.

Meanwhile Russian beauty Katya was famously caught up in a Strictly storm when she was pictured kissing her celebrity partner Seann Walsh in 2018 behind her husband's back.

Ten months later she announced she'd split from Neil Jones.

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