Strictly Come Dancing’s Seann Walsh and his professional dance partner Katya Jones have apologised after getting caught snogging in the late-night public tryst.
In separate statements issued nearly 24 hours after pictures of their PDA dropped online, comedian Seann and dancer Katya said sorry for their conduct.
Seann said: "In light of the story in today’s newspaper I would like to offer my sincere apologies for my actions. This is no excuse but it was a one-off drunken mistake which I am truly sorry for."
While Seann failed to mention his girlfriend Rebecca Humphries, Katya did address the status of her marriage to fellow Strictly pro Neil Jones.
Katya said: "I’m so sorry about any offence or hurt I may have caused with my actions. I wasn’t thinking and it was a one-off mistake after some drinks. I love my husband and we are very happy together, this is not a reflection on our relationship."
The Mirror understands that Seann and Katya will remain as partners for as long as they remain in the competition.
While her husband Neil will also continue with his role as choreographer and group dancer.
Strictly viewers discovered that the pair made it through to next week on Sunday night’s show, which was filmed on Saturday shortly before the pictures dropped.
Seann is currently dating actress Rebecca, who broke her silence earlier this afternoon by liking a supportive tweet from her friend.
Hollyoaks actress Kirsty-Leigh Porter had messaged her a simple red love heart, which Rebecca had saved to her likes list.
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Rebecca got emotional and burst into tears while watching the couple dance on Saturday night’s show as she looked on from the audience – hours before the pictures dropped online.
The actress was caught on camera wiping her eyes at their passionate Matrix-inspired dance as she proudly watched on.
Just a few hours later, the snogging pictures taken on Wednesday night – which as if to add insult to injury was her birthday – dropped online.
Strictly choreographer Neil Jones has also broken his silence for the first time since kissgate.
However, he appeared to shrug off the controversial photos that showed Katya locking lips with Seann, in the street.
Neil, who actually appeared on-screen at the start of Steps star Faye Tozer’s dance, cheered on the couple and praised their performance on Saturday night’s show.
He posted a picture of Seann and Katya, captioning it: "Wow last nights @bbcstrictly movie week was really epic and I’m really proud of @mrs_katjones and @seannwalsh Paso Doble. Great shapes and of course like always the choreography was on point."
Seann and Katya will be back together in the studio on Monday as they prepare for next week’s dance.
Neither Seann nor Katya’s reps have responded to the Mirror’s request for comment.
*Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight on BBC One at 7.45pm
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