Strictly’s Katya Jones hugs Janette Manrara in cute throwback snap as she wishes her a happy 37th birthday while self-isolating amid Covid diagnosis
She’s been forced to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing and is currently self-isolating at home after testing positive for coronavirus.
And Katya Jones still managed to mark her friend and fellow professional dancer Janette Manrara’s 37th birthday with a sweet Instagram tribute on Monday.
In a cosy throwback image, the choreographer, 31, hugged the Salsa star as she joked the pair looked ‘c***’ and gushed about sharing a close bond with her ‘beautiful’ pal.
‘Keep shining’: COVID-positive Katya Jones still managed to mark her friend Janette Manrara’s 37th birthday with a sweet Instagram tribute on Monday (pictured before her diagnosis)
The media personality penned: ‘Happy Birthday @jmanrara ! I know we look a bit cr..p on this photo but also we look so real and happy!
‘it expresses how much I love you, my friend! Stay beautiful, keep shining the light from within, keep spreading love and kindness.
‘I can’t wait to give you the same massive hug when it will be possible ❤️ #happybirthday #scorpio.’ (sic)
The TV star later took to her Stories to upload stunning pictures of the birthday girl, including shots from past holidays and Janette’s hen do.
‘I can’t wait to give you the same massive hug’: The Strictly choreographer, 31, gushed about sharing a close bond with her ‘beautiful’ pal as she took a trip down memory lane
‘Yes, she’s a Disney princess!’ The professional dancer later took to her Stories to upload stunning pictures of the birthday girl, who is clearly a fan of fairytale movies
‘She’s funny’: The media personality also treated fans to a hilarious clip of a bikini-clad Janette pulling a branch across a beach
They go way back! The dance experts have been friends for many years after meeting on Strictly when Katya joined the series in 2016
The dance experts have been friends for many years after meeting on Strictly when Katya joined the series in 2016.
Meanwhile, The Russian beauty’s celebrity dance partner Nicola Adams was also forced to bow out of the competition and is in quarantine, although she has not tested positive for COVID-19.
According to The Sun, Katya was ‘inconsolable’ after learning she would have to exit the competition as she was hoping to rehabilitate her image this year after she was pictured kissing dance partner Seann Walsh during the 2018 series.
Despite the unfortunate news, the duo are reportedly set to return to the show at the end of the series.
An insider told the publication: ‘Strictly bosses knew as soon as Nicola had to leave that they wanted to do something special for her.
‘The rules mean she can’t come back to the show next year but they’re planning to bring her back with Katya for the final.
And Katya is a much valued professional on the show and is hugely popular. This hasn’t affected her place in the Strictly family.’
Save the last dance: The bombshell and her celebrity partner Nicola Adams were forced to pull out of the competition, but will reportedly be making a return at the end of the series