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Strictly Come Dancing's Neil Jones 'splits from his underwear model girlfriend Sophie Lily Kerr'


Strictly Come Dancing professional Neil Jones has reportedly split from his underwear model girlfriend Sophie Lily Kerr.

The pair hit the headlines when she moved into his London home in October just weeks after they started dating but their romance is said to have has come to an end after three months together.

A source told The Sun: ‘Neil and Lily’s romance started as a whirlwind and it ended just as quickly.

Singleton: Strictly Come Dancing professional Neil Jones, 39, has reportedly split from his underwear model girlfriend Sophie Lily Kerr after three months together

Singleton: Strictly Come Dancing professional Neil Jones, 39, has reportedly split from his underwear model girlfriend Sophie Lily Kerr after three months together

‘They made a lovely couple but their schedules made it difficult for them to look to the future.

‘Neil became so busy with Strictly Come Dancing before Christmas and now he is out on a nationwide tour.

‘It was impossible to keep that flame alive. There is no bad blood between them however. Sadly their relationship was just not to be.’

Whirlwind romance: The pair hit the headlines when she moved into his London home in October just weeks after they started dating

Whirlwind romance: The pair hit the headlines when she moved into his London home in October just weeks after they started dating

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Neil for comment. 

Last year, Neil, 39, was said to be ‘head over heels’ with Sophie following his split from his ex Luisa Eusse, 23, in October 2020 after she cheated on him with a woman. 

A friend of Neil and Sophie told The Sun last year: ‘The speed with which this has all happened mirrors Neil’s lightning-quick feet across the Strictly dance floor.

‘They are moving very quickly.’

Former couple: Neil started dating Sophie after splitting from Luisa Eusse, 23 (pictured), in October 2020 after she cheated on him with a woman

Former couple: Neil started dating Sophie after splitting from Luisa Eusse, 23 (pictured), in October 2020 after she cheated on him with a woman

Neil was previously married to fellow Strictly professional Katya Jones, 32, for 11 years but they split in 2019 after Katya was seen kissing her celebrity partner on the BBC ballroom show, Seann Walsh, while out in London in October 2018.

The exes have remained close friends since announcing their break-up in August 2019 and often dance together as part of the professional group on Strictly. 

Seann previously said his kissing scandal with Katya ‘destroyed his dreams’ and changed his life forever. 

The comedian told how his mental health was greatly affected by the incident, and he is still on antidepressants and sometimes suffers from panic attacks.

Speaking on the Take Flight podcast, Seann told how he once had to ‘lie down in the street’ after a panic attack.

Looking back: Neil was previously married to fellow Strictly professional Katya Jones, 32, for 11 years but they split in 2019

Looking back: Neil was previously married to fellow Strictly professional Katya Jones, 32, for 11 years but they split in 2019 

Recalling the moment the kiss became public, he said: ‘From that point on my life changed for ever.

‘The panic attacks came back – big, big panic attacks and I ended up having what I later found out were Vertigo Seizures.  

‘I had one the other day, I just lied down – I had to lie down in the street, it’s quite humiliating. It’s London so nobody gives a s***.

‘I have to relive what happened. Still, I can be OK then suddenly the memories of it all come back.

‘It defeats me and beats me until the plates start spinning and I lose balance and fall and start screaming, so I still get them.

‘They’re less frequent, I’d never had them before. I’m on anti-anxiety, anti-depression, it’s called Sertraline. For me exercise is what helps me.’

Scandal: Neil and Katya split after she was seen kissing her celebrity partner Seann Walsh on the BBC ballroom show while out in London in October 2018

Scandal: Neil and Katya split after she was seen kissing her celebrity partner Seann Walsh on the BBC ballroom show while out in London in October 2018

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