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Strictly's Nadiya Bychkova shares intimate clinch with boyfriend Kai Widdrington after relationship pledge

The Strictly Come Dancing stars began dating in 2022


Nadiya with Strictly pro Kai Widdrington
Diane Shipley
Senior Online Writer
17 March 2024
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Nadiya Bychkova balances being a proud mum to her daughter Mila with her work as a dancer and her relationship with her boyfriend Kai Widdrington – although sometimes she gets to combine the latter two, to her obvious delight. 

On Sunday, the star took to her Instagram Stories, where she re-shared a sweet image taken by a fan of the pair at the end of a passionate performance, which saw Kai holding his partner with his head buried in her neck

Kai was dressed all in black, while his girlfriend sparkled in a slinky gold dress. The blonde beauty didn't caption the image, allowing the drama of the moment to speak for itself. 

The embrace comes after Nadiya and Kai went public about their relationship plans. Last month, the pair exchanged sweet messages on Instagram, where they revealed their hopes for their future together. 

It's safe to say Kai is besotted with his beau and confessed she is "My Valentine forever," in a touching post on 14 February. 

Nadiya and Kai embraced after their dance© Instagram
Nadiya and Kai embraced after their dance

The feeling is clearly mutual, with the mum-of-one posting her own Valentine's photo which showed herself and Kai kissing in front of a sculpture spelling out the word LOVE. Nadiya captioned the image: "Happy Valentine's Day," adding a heart emoji and the infinity symbol. 

Before falling in love with her fellow Strictly dancer, Nadiya was engaged to Slovenian footballer Matija Skarabot, with whom she shares her seven-year-old daughter. 

Nadiya Bychkova and daughter Mila in a car backseat© Instagram
Nadiya is a proud mum

As she previously revealed in an exclusive interview with HELLO!, the youngster was Nadiya's main concern when she started dating Kai. "This was my first relationship after not being with the father of my daughter, and being a mother to Mila was and still is my priority," the professional dancer sweetly said. 

"When you're a mum, you don’t jump into a relationship saying: 'I'm in love,' and that's it. It's a big responsibility and I'm very protective of my daughter." 

Kai Widdrington kissing Nadiya Bychkova in an elevator© Instagram
The pair started dating in 2022

The pair initially kept their relationship under wraps but have increasingly made public appearances together, including showing off some moves on Loose Women recently

The couple were dressed to the nines in full ballroom gear for their live TV moment and Nadiya looked like a Hollywood star as she donned a glittering halter neck gown in a flattering nude shade. 

The stars appeared on Loose Women recently
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Captioning the post alongside her beloved, she penned: "Loose Women ready [kissing face emoji]." It wasn't just her camera-ready outfit that looked flawless as her vibrant blonde tresses were immaculately styled into chic waves. 

Strictly Come Dating: couples who met on the dancefloor

As well as Gemma and Gorka, there are several other loved-up couples who met during their time on Strictly

  • Janette Manrara and Aljaz Škorjanec met on Strictly in 2010, before marrying in 2017 and welcoming a baby, Lyra, in 2023.
  • Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev met during the 2013 series. They married in 2019 and have two children together.
  • Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg fell in love while competing in 2018. They live together in Brighton.
  • Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton met in 2018 and welcomed a baby girl, Minnie, in 2023.
  • Max George and Maisie Smith shared their Strictly experience together in 2020, but didn't announce their relationship until 2022.
  • Tyler West and Molly Rainford starred in the 2022 series together and have been going strong ever since!
  • Kai Widdrington and Nadiya Bychkova are both professionals on the show, and began dating in 2022.
  • Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen were partnered together on the show in 2013, confirming their romance in 2014. They share a daughter together, Mila, who was born in 2018.

As for her makeup, Nadiya opted for flattering black winged eyeliner, brushes of honey-hued bronzer and nude lipstick. Meanwhile, Kai looked ultra-slick in a crisp white suit complete with a black bowtie. 

Nadiya Bychkova standing with Kai Widdrington© Ricky Vigil M/GC Images
Kai and Nadiya are so loved-up

Nadiya rested her head on Kai's cheek in the candid behind-the-scenes shot before filming themselves having a twirl backstage. Her toned physique was displayed in her dazzling gown that featured a dramatic low back. 

The stars even gave a glimpse of their rehearsal before stepping out on the live show and looked sensational as they danced across the studio.

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