Neil Jones has spoken out on his dear friends Kai Widdrington and Nadiya Bychkova's blossoming romance.

The Strictly Come Dancing star, who recently spoke out on his own relationship status following rumours, called the pair the "cutest couple ever" as he gushed over them in an exclusive chat with OK! magazine at the National Reality TV Awards UK 2022.

While they looked all loved up at the awards night on Thursday 28 July, Neil explained that the dynamics during rehearsals ahead of the return of Strictly is quite different.

"When they come to rehearsals they're just really professional. Always," Neil told OK! on the red carpet. He added: "I've known Kai all my life, I've known Nadiya for years. They're so professional."

Neil went on to speak about the return of the show as he added: "We're full in rehearsals so in September it will all start again. There are 20 pros this year, so more pros compared to normal.

"I think every year they try and make it a bigger and better show. They're going to do it again this year."

Nadiya, 32, and Kai, 26, made a stunning entrance at the awards night as the pair walked hand in hand before entering the venue.

The blonde beauty looked gorgeous with her hair swept up into a low bun as strands framed her face. She donned a light pastel blue off-the-shoulder gown for the event, which featured a silver broach at the top.

Accessorising with a nude clutch, the star was all smiles as she posed with Kai, who looked dapper in a black suit with a grey tie as he wrapped one arm around his date.

In a previous red carpet event, Nadiya spoke on their romance as when asked if she and Kai are happy, she told MailOnline: "I think you can tell yourself” while Kai added they're "very happy" together.

The couple first revealed their romance back in January after the breakdown of Nadiya’s engagement to fiancé Matija Škarabot, 34, with whom she shares a seven year old daughter, Mila.

By April they made things Instagram official when Nadiya posted a picture of them holding hands whilst they enjoyed dinner at celebrity hangout, The Ivy.

Kai and Nadiya’s love was first revealed when they were spotted kissing in a bar in Newcastle on the Strictly Live Tour, which is when they reportedly grew close.

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In February, Nadiya visited her home country of Slovenia to visit her daughter Mila and mother Larisa, who both live with her ex-fiancé, Matija, who is a professional footballer in Slovenia.

It was reported that the ex-couple were reconciling after the footballer threw her a welcome home party and she was seen driving his luxury Porsche sports car, however it appears she's firmly with Kai.


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