Professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova is a Strictly Come Dancing favourite.
Joining the hit show in 2017, Nadiya took a brief break from dancefloor duties in 2020 – before returning with a bang in 2021, where she’s partnered up with BBC newsreader Dan Walker.
They’re set to do a Halloween-themed jive for week six – and were recently spotted looking like the best of pals after filming the Strictly aftershow, It Takes Two.
But we don’t know too much about Nadiya’s life away from the glaring ballroom spotlight.
So, what’s her background – and is she married or dating anyone?
Who is Nadiya Bychkova and where is she from?
Nadiya is a 32-year-old Ukrainian-Slovenian dancer, and a World Champion at that.
Born in what was the USSR (now Luhansk, Ukraine), Nadiya told Slovenian media she considers Slovenia home.
She won her World Champion titles for Slovenia, alongside dance partner Miha Vodičar. The pair competed in a massive 10 dances to win the championship – five standard and five Latin American. Phew!
Nadiya is also a Slovenian ballroom champion, Latin champion and European championship winner.
After all those trophies, it seems Nadiya had the Glitterball in her sights.
For a brief spell, she appeared on Bosnia & Herzegovina’s version of Strictly, before joining the UK flagship in 2017.
She was paired up with EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami in 2017 and Blue singer Lee Ryan in 2018.
In 2019, she danced with ex-England goalie David James in 2019, and took a break in 2020.
Flash forward to 2021 – and she’s teamed up with Dan Walker to take the Strictly title.
Is Nadiya Bychkova married – and who is her husband?
Nadiya isn’t married at the moment – but she is happily engaged!
The stunning dancer is loved-up with fiancé Matija Skarabot, a 33-year-old Slovenian footballer.
Currently, Matija plays for second league side ND Primorje as well as his national team.
We don’t know exactly when the pair first met, but we do know they’ve been together since around 2016.
Nadiya and Matija welcomed a daughter, named Mila, that same year.
Previously, Nadiya was married to Russian ballroom champion Sergey Konovalstev from 2013 to 2015.
Her Strictly partner Dan Walker has been married to his wife Sarah for 20 years.
The couple tied the knot in 2001, and live in Sheffield, where they met at university in 1999. Aww.
Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One tonight at 7:10pm.
Credit: Original article published here.