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Strictly's Nadiya Bychkova dazzles in glittering mini dress for night at the ballet with her love Kai Widdrington

The Strictly Come Dancing lovebirds struck romance in 2022


Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington attend the Ballet Icons Gala 2024 at The London Coliseum on March 17, 2024 in London, England.
Georgia Brown
Senior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
18 March 2024
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Nadiya Bychkova looked divine as she graced the Ballet Icons Gala 2024 at The London Coliseum on Sunday night. 

The Strictly Come Dancing professional, who was joined by her partner, Kai Widdrington, wore a beautiful asymmetrical mini dress in a bridal white hue. 

The figure-flattering number, which was elevated with a dramatic ruffled trim, was given a healthy dose of Strictly sparkle with rhinestones embedded across the neckline.

Nadiya Bychkova attends the Ballet Icons Gala 2024 at The London Coliseum© Dave Benett
Nadiya Bychkova attends the Ballet Icons Gala 2024 at The London Coliseum

Nadiya, 34, wore her blonde hair in a sleek, low ponytail and added glittering silver hoops to complete her look. Her boyfriend Kai, 28, looked equally dapper in a smart black tuxedo. 

Kai Widdrington and Nadiya Bychkova attend the Ballet Icons Gala 2024 at The London Coliseum on March 17, 2024 in London, England. (© Getty
Nadiya and Kai put on a dazzling display at the event

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

"Being a mother to Mila was and still is my priority," Nadiya revealed in an exclusive interview with HELLO! when discussing her relationship with Kai. "This was my first relationship after not being with the father of my daughter.

"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." 

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.

After keeping their relationship under wraps for several months, Nadiya and Kai finally went public with their relationship in 2022 - and it seems their romance has gone from strength to strength. 

Nadiya Bychkova and daughter Mila in a car backseat© Instagram
Nadiya Bychkova is very protective of her daughter Mila

"I just knew Nadiya was The One," Kai told HELLO! of the moment he fell for his co-star, shortly after he joined the show in September 2021

nadiya and kai widdrington at chain of hope gala © Ash Knotek/Shutterstock
The couple attended the Chain of Hope Gala at the Natural History Museum in London

"She's the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, but the real beauty is not just what you see on the outside – it’s the person on the inside I fell in love with. People often misjudge her and just see a stunning blonde girl, but she’s more than that. She’s the kindest person I’ve ever met in my entire life, and the most amazing mother.

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