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Loved-up Kai Widdrington and Nadiya Bychkova lark around backstage on first day of Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals

Strictly Come Dancing pros Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington kept their romance on the down-low initially, but they’re no longer shy about PDAs.

The dancers are thought to have started dating in January after growing close during the 2021 series of the show, during which Kai danced with AJ Odudu and Nadiya was paired with Dan Walker.

Since then, they’ve been tight-lipped on their relationship, but were spotted kissing and cuddling on a few occasions, with Kai recently sharing a selfie of them looking cosy at Queen and Adam Lambert’s concert.

But, the couple seem to be growing more comfortable with sharing their affection with the world, as Kai posted a video from backstage at Strictly rehearsals.

‘Day 1 of @bbcstrictly rehearsals 🔥😎’, he wrote on his Instagram Story, wearing a smile with Nadiya looking gorgeous in the background.

The Ukrainian-Slovenian ballroom and latin dancer, 32, then leaned in to kiss Kai, 26, on the cheek, causing them both to grin uncontrollably.

Kai and Nadiya are buzzing to be back with their Strictly fam (Picture: Instagram)
The mum-of-one planted a sweet kiss on Kai’s cheek (Picture: Instagram)

Nadiya started dating Kai following her split from ex-fiancé and footballer Matija Škarabot, with whom she shares a daughter.

It wasn’t until April when Nadiya confirmed she and Kai were an item, after months of speculation about the closeness of their relationship when they were seen holding hands during the Strictly Live Tour.

‘We’ve been seeing each other properly for a couple of months now,’ she told the Daily Mail Magazine.

However, she said they have ‘very little free time’, despite enjoying each other’s company.

‘It’s early days and we’ve been rehearsing for the Strictly Professionals tour, so there’s been very little free time,’ she added.

‘But, we’re getting to know more and more about each other day by day. He’s kind and compassionate and makes me laugh. I feel very relaxed with him.’

AJ and Kai were forced to withdraw before the final due to her foot injury (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy)
Nadiyah finished fifth with Dan Walker (Picture: BBC)

Both Kai and Nadiya will return to the Strictly dance floor later this year when the show returns to our screens in all its glitz and glamour.

Other returning pros include reigning champ Giovanni Pernice – who lifted the glitter ball with EastEnders’ Rose Ayling-Ellis in December – and runner-up Johannes Radebe, who danced in the first male-male pairing with John Whaite.

Sadly, Oti Mabuse decided to leave the show after seven seasons, and Aljaž Škorjanec will also be absent.

But, in exciting news for hardcore Strictly fans, four new professionals will join the family for 2022 – Vito Coppola, Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley, and Michelle Tsiakkas.


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