She may not quite be able to get back on the dance floor just yet.
But that didn’t stop Katya Jones from strutting her stuff as she celebrated her 32nd birthday last week.
The Strictly Come Dancing pro looked a little worse after a five and a half hour lunch with BBC co-stars Janette Manrara and Luba Mushtuk.
Party! Katya Jones looked a little worse after a five and a half hour lunch with BBC co-stars Janette Manrara and Luba Mushtuk as she celebrated her 32nd birthday
Wearing a mini dress and thigh-high black boots, the Russian dancer was spotted on the streets of Soho posing with a red purse and a sign that read “Dancing Queen”.
Katya, who has danced with celebrities like presenter Mike Bushell, has made headlines for her off-show antics in the past.
In 2018, she was pictured kissing her dance partner, comedian Seann Walsh, while she was still married to ex-husband Neil Jones.
It comes after Katya paid tribute to former Flame Neil on his 39th birthday with a series of ’embarrassing’ setbacks earlier this month.
Birthday girl: The Russian dancer was spotted on the streets of Soho posing with a red purse and a sign saying “Dancing Queen”
Outfit: Katya put on a denim mini dress and a pair of black, thigh-high boots for her birthday outing
On the first shot, Neil and friends were smiling at the camera as he held a giant balloon that read “Happy Birthday,” while in another shot the gang all posed on a boat while partying.
Katya also posted some vintage pictures of her and Neil from their marriage, including a shot of them with two friends who appeared to be at a party.
The dancer titled the post: ‘Happy Birthday @mr_njonesofficial! Gosh, you’re getting old.
‘But still full of life, energy and determination! Keep that smile on your face and keep that hair ginger! Sorry I just did it (swipe for embarrassing photos).
Pals: Katya looked in a good mood as she pretended to be a playful snapshot with her friends
Pose: Katya made a playful pose as she put her birthday cake upside down for a fun snap
‘May it be a great year for you !! Lots of love. #strictlycomedancing #birthday #happybirthday (sic) ‘
Earlier this year, Katya spoke about the downfall of her seven-year marriage to Neil.
In an interview with Waggel, the star reflected on how she found her 30th birthday “challenging” because her marriage to Neil was going “downhill”.
About the dark time, she said: “I turned 30 in 2019, it was a challenging time. I didn’t like where I was, it felt like I was actually floating.
Show: Katya and her colleagues will be back on the dance floor later this year for the next series of Strictly
Style: Fellow Strictly speaking, star Janette looked stylish in a beige coat and burgundy boots
‘My relationship went downhill. I didn’t feel happy in my own company until May 2020 when I spent my birthday in Lockdown. ‘
Katya also revealed that she has used the time since her split with Neil to improve myself and that she has not dated since they split.
She said, “I came out of a marriage, not even a long-term relationship, but a marriage. Neil and I were together for 12 years and married for seven years. ‘
The professional dancer said she didn’t even think about dating because “I’ve been with this person for so long”.
Birthday Boy: Katya paid tribute to ex-husband Neil Jones when she wished him all the best on his 39th birthday with a series of cheeky throwback photos earlier this month
Still nearby: The dancer titled the post: ‘Happy Birthday @mr_njonesofficial! Gosh, you’re getting old. But still full of life, energy and determination! ‘(pictured in 2019)
Katya added she was “happy on her own” but has days when she wants to “sit down and beat up Netflix with someone else.”
The Strictly Star also ruled out the prospect of meeting anyone on a dating app because she’s an “old romantic”.
While Katya has remained single since their marriage breakdown, Neil had a tumultuous brief romance with Colombian dancer Luisa Eusse.
The couple split in January after their relationship was tarnished by allegations that Luisa cheated on Neil and even used him for a visa to the country.
Katya admitted that she got “jealous” when her dog Crumble, with whom they share custody, spent time with Luisa, but she is sure that it will be “absolutely fine” if the situation recurs, when either of them is in a relationship.
Breakup: Katya and Neil announced their split in September 2019 – ten months after kissing former dance partner Seann Walsh (pictured above)