Strictly: Nina Wadia meets her partner Neil Jones
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Neil Jones, 39, is known for maintaining an active lifestyle when not appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, however, he has shared with his Twitter followers today he was feeling tired. The professional dancer revealed he was finding it “hard” to get out of bed in the morning, as others sympathised.
He typed: “Anyone else finding it hard to wake up in the morning?
“Did smash out a gym session, so feeling energised right now,” he added.
In response, his followers agreed they were also finding it difficult as the weather has begun to get colder.
@samdraycott responded to “@Mr_NJones Yes which is unusual for me. About to start work again after being out of work since end of May after being made redundant. It’s going to be a struggle.”
@ashforth_emma typed: “@Mr_NJones Yes I am. Really struggling to drag myself out of bed. Just time of year I think. Exercise definitely helps!!”
@The_Bailey_Blog commented: “@Mr_NJones Try getting up at 4am or do you? After 20 years you would think you’d be used to it, but no!”
It comes as Neil has opened up on a time when he was competing in amateur competitions with his partner and wife at the time Katya Jones, 31.
The Strictly Come Dancing star shared he was hesitant to go professional because “everything” was going right for the pair, however to others he appeared to be “unhappy” and was encouraged to take the next step in his career.
Speaking on how he takes more risks now than he did previously, Neil shared: “I like taking risks and over time, especially with the competitions, when you start winning, you stop taking as many risks because you get to a point where everything is going right.
“You’re like, ‘Let’s not make any changes’ because everything is going right, but then something inside of you says, ‘I’m bored, I can’t do this anymore, this is boring’.
“We [him and Katya] were still winning and we were working with a sports psychiatrist and it was a decision to turn professional.
“It’s the next level up. I wanted to stay in the amateur section, we had been winning for three years, I said, ‘Can we just do it for one more year?’ I remember them asking, ‘But why? You don’t seem happy. Maybe if you turn pro, and you’re not going to be winning, it gives you the drive’.
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“We did it and it was the drive we needed,” he added while speaking on The Midlife Mentors podcast.
Katya also previously shared that before reaching the “top of her game” professionally, she had many dreams and goals which would motivate her to perform.
However, once she and Neil had won 24 dance competitions she began to “hate” being successful and found it “tough” to carry on competing.
Although Katya has had a celebrated dancing career, she admitted there has been “downfalls in that story”.
Opening up on how she had previously stayed motivated to win competitions while talking on the She’s Just A Dancer podcast, she shared: “I think my competitive nature helped me to chase those dreams, or those results, or get better.
“You’re like, ‘Oh I want to get those this place now. Or I can improve and get to the final. Or the next step is to get to fourth or third, and then first,” she added.
However, once she made it to the top of the World Latin Championship league with Neil, the excitement began to fade.
Katya continued: “It is all exciting because you keep climbing up that big mountain. You see those little checkpoints, but once I was at the top, or me and Neil, I absolutely hated being there.”
Katya and Neil were also involved in a romantic relationship from 2011 and married in 2013.
However, the couple decided to go their separate way in 2019, after the Russian born star was spotted locking lips with comedian Seann Walsh.
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