Seann Walsh has finally expressed remorse over hurting his then-girlfriend by kissing married Strictly dance partner Katya Jones behind her back.
The comedian, 36, became embroiled in the show’s biggest-ever scandal in 2018 as he was in a long-term relationship with Rebecca Humphries while Katya was married to fellow dancer Neil Jones.
Following the incident, Rebecca released an impassioned statement in which she revealed he called her ‘psycho’ and ‘nuts’ for questioning his friendship with Katya, who he kissed on Rebecca’s birthday – before the photos were made public.
Kiss: Seann Walsh has finally expressed remorse over hurting his then-girlfriend by kissing married Strictly dance partner Katya Jones behind her back (pictured 2018)
Discussing the drama on new Prime Video show Backstage With Katherine Ryan which starts on June 9, he said: ‘What you are thinking about is: ‘What have you done to someone?’ It’s one thing doing that privately and I don’t judge anyone, because everyone’s got their own backstory, lives or whatever.
‘It was horrific. It was crazy.’
The star said to this day, he is unable to watch Strictly as it ‘messes my head up.’
He said: ‘I have such amazing memories of being on that show and then the repercussions of that kiss, it was crazy. I’m just a comic.
Happier times: The comedian, 36, became embroiled in the show’s biggest-ever scandal in 2018 as he was in a relationship with Rebecca Humphries while Katya was married to fellow dancer Neil Jones (pictured 2015)
‘One day I hope I can look back at that fondly, that first few weeks, because it was the best time of my life.’
In April and speaking in his comedy special Seann Walsh: Kiss, the star told how he was ‘sorry’ for the kiss then and is still sorry now.
Recalling how he learned their PDA had become public, he said: ‘I left the wardrobe department and before I could order my first beer, my agent came over to and asked if he could have a word with me outside.
‘I thought ‘he is going to tell me I have got Michael McIntyre’s Big Show! I had better act surprised!’
‘Turns out, I didn’t have to act surprised. We went into the BBC carpark, my agent looked over his glasses and said, ‘about 20 minutes ago, they posted a photo of you kissing Katya outside a pub’.
Honest: Discussing the drama on new Prime Video show Backstage With Katherine Ryan which starts on June 9, he said: ‘What you are thinking about is: ‘What have you done to someone?’
‘It was at that exact point that my life would turn upside down – the dream turned into a nightmare.’
Explaining the incident, he said: ‘I was in a relationship, my dance partner Katya was married.
‘After training we went for a drink, one thing led to another and we were photographed kissing outside a pub.
‘Awful, I know. It’s awful – I’m sorry. I’m still sorry now.’
He said: ‘I was then on the receiving end of thousands of abusive messages online. I did begin to wonder ‘have I done something that wrong?’
‘Then…. Katie Hopkins tweeted in my defence. Then I thought ‘yep, I’ve f****d up!”
‘I managed to keep Brexit off the front pages for 12 whole days, but I hated it.’
‘I thought ‘I just had to get out of here’ and I left for America. Just the break I needed.
While Katya was supported by her husband Neil after the ‘drunken mistake’, their marriage did not last as they announced their split in August 2019.
The dancers confirmed they were splitting in joint Instagram statements, but despite writing they had mutual ‘respect’ and ‘love’, a source claimed Katya’s infidelity was something her husband couldn’t get over.
The pair have remained friends since the split and continue to be professional dancers together on Strictly.
Ex: Katya was married to Neil Jones at the time of the kiss, with the former couple announcing their split in August 2019 (pictured in May 2019)