STRICTLY love rats Seann Walsh and Katya Jones faced the world for the first time since their public kiss was exposed — and he hit back at his ex-girlfriend’s condemnation.
Seann insisted he was ‘sorry’ for the ‘hurt’ he caused when photographed kissing his married dance partner last Wednesday — the 32nd birthday of his live-in girlfriend Rebecca Humphries.
Rebecca confirmed their break-up on Monday, alleging he had labelled her a ‘psycho’ when she voiced her suspicions that he was cheating.
Last night, Seann and Katya appeared on Strictly’s BBC Two spin-off It Takes Two, hosted by Zoe Ball.
She opened by asking the pair: ‘You’ve both apologised for your behaviour — is there anything else that either of you would like to say?’
The comedian, 32, seemed emotional as he said: ‘Obviously I’m sorry for the hurt that I’ve caused. We were getting on well, we were having fun. We had a couple of drinks and made a huge mistake and I regret it deeply.’
Challenged about Rebecca’s comments, he admitted: ‘I’m not perfect, far from it — our relationship wasn’t perfect. That doesn’t mean I wanted it to end the way it finally did and I’m very sorry for that.
‘It’s also important for me to say that the people that know me the most, that love me, they know that I am not the person I’m being portrayed as.’
Katya, 29, who has been married to fellow Strictly professional Neil Jones, 35, for five years, told Zoe: ‘I can’t apologise enough to everyone who it hurt and involved. But the main thing, me and Neil are absolutely fine and that’s what matters to me the most right now and focusing on my job.’
The pair are to dance the Charleston on Saturday, with Katya saying they were ‘looking forward’ to it. Strictly’s head judge Shirley Ballas said Seann and Katya would not be punished for their indiscretion and should perform ‘without fear or favour’. Shirley, 58, insisted on This Morning: ‘I’m not there to judge anybody’s private life.’
It was also revealed that the night after their smooch outside a London pub, Seann and Katya were training alone until 10pm.
‘This is the most amount of hours I’ve done with any of my partners,’ she boasted on It Takes Two last week.