Adam Peaty and Katya Jones issued warning backstage on Strictly after kiss
Strictly: Adam and Katya discuss their 'near kiss' during tango
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Adam Peaty, 26, and Katya Jones, 32, are currently partnered together on Strictly Come Dancing. The Olympic champion and the Russian-born dancer sparked a frenzy after they performed a sultry Argentine Tango.
The Strictly duo appeared close to kissing at the end of Saturday’s routine after viewers noted the “intensity” of their performance.
The steamy Argentine Tango, wowed the judges, placing them near the top of the leaderboard.
But the moment sparked much speculation from viewers with fans wondering if the pair were about to share a kiss.
Pals of Katya have reportedly addressed their routine following the professional dancer’s 2018 fallout when she was pictured kissing her Strictly partner Seann Walsh.
Katya was reportedly told by a pal backstage after the tango: “Don’t let yourself down by getting too close to a partner again. Please don’t put yourself in this position.”
Katya and Adam were told by Strictly bosses not to jeopardise their partnership, according to The Sun.
The paper reports that other dancers were present when the comment was addressed to Katya following her tango with the Olympic swimmer.
It comes after the professional dancer was at the centre of Strictly controversy three years ago.
Katya was pictured kissing her dance partner Seann despite her own marriage to Neil Jones and Walsh being in a relationship.
A Strictly source told the paper: “No one on the show wants Katya to be in the middle of another ‘Curse of Strictly’ controversy.
“While dancing naturally involves pros and celebrities getting very close, the performance with Adam was particularly passionate.
“Nobody has suggested either Adam or Katya have done anything wrong but her mates don’t want her to create the impression she is somehow leading him astray.”
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Express.co.uk has contacted BBC for comment and representatives for both Adam Peaty and Katya Jones.
Following speculation of an almost-kiss on social media, Adam responded on Twitter about the moment.
Adam penned: “My favourite dance so far. Thank you to everyone who has sent supporting messages! I loved it.
“To everyone who wants to see what they want, your comments have real life consequences. I will not be overcome or lowered by your gossip. Protect your energy.”
Adam is in a relationship with his girlfriend Eirianedd Munro and the couple share a son together.
His partner reacted to the controversy in a funny TikTok video.
She captioned the clip: “Watching your boyfriend almost kiss another woman on live tv. Finding out 10 million people also watched it live”.
She could be seen miming along to an audio recording of a crying baby during the video.
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday on BBC One at 6.45pm.
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