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Nadiya Bychkova heads to Strictly tour with wearing engagement ring after Kai Widdrington kiss

Nadiya Bychkova showcased her chic style as she stepped out to perform on the Strictly Come Dancing tour in Manchester on Saturday while still wearing her engagement ring from Matija Škarabot despite their split.

Her outing comes after she and fellow Strictly professional Kai Widdrington, 26, appeared to confirm their romance as they were spotted kissing in a hotel bar on Thursday.

Twinkle-toed star Nadiya, 32, dressed all in black as she wore an edgy T-shirt dress and knee-high boots while leaving her hotel to head to the AO Arena, with a casually dressed Kai following shortly after.

Show must go on: Nadiya Bychkova, 32, showcased her chic style as she stepped out to perform on the Strictly tour on Saturday while still wearing her engagement ring

Nadiya wore a long black coat and carried a large grey bag packed full of belongings ready for the day.

She could be seen carrying a coffee cup and was in good spirits, waving to onlookers as she walked.

Kai dressed in black trousers and a white T-shirt, opting for a jacket and wooly hat to keep warm in the cold January weather. 

Keeping it casual: She was followed by Kai Widdrington after they appeared to confirm their romance on Thursday

Keeping it casual: She was followed by Kai Widdrington after they appeared to confirm their romance on Thursday

Moving on? Her outing comes after she and fellow Strictly professional Kai Widdrington, 26, appeared to confirm their romance as they were spotted kissing in a hotel bar on Thursday

Moving on? Her outing comes after she and fellow Strictly professional Kai Widdrington, 26, appeared to confirm their romance as they were spotted kissing in a hotel bar on Thursday

In style: Twinkle-toed star Nadiya dressed all in black as she wore an edgy T-shirt dress and knee-high boots while leaving her hotel to head to the AO Arena

Nadiya could be seen carrying a coffee cup and was in good spirits, waving to onlookers as she walked

In style: Twinkle-toed star Nadiya dressed all in black as she wore an edgy T-shirt dress and knee-high boots while leaving her hotel to head to the AO Arena

Fashion focus: She wore a long black coat and carried a large black bag packed full of belongings ready for the day

Fashion focus: She wore a long black coat and carried a large black bag packed full of belongings ready for the day

The pair have been at the centre of romance rumours for weeks after they were reported to have grown close in the wake of Nadiya’s split from her Slovenian footballer fiancé Matija, 33.

In pictures obtained by The Sun, the couple could be seen locking lips in what appeared to be the lobby of Newcastle’s Malmaison hotel. 

Nadiya, 32, and Kai, 26, could be seen leaning in close as they shared an intimate moment together during a cosy coffee date.

Stepping out: Kai dressed in black trousers and a white T-shirt, opting for a jacket and wooly hat to keep warm in the cold January weather

Stepping out: Kai dressed in black trousers and a white T-shirt, opting for a jacket and wooly hat to keep warm in the cold January weather

Spring in his step: He was in good spirits, smiling as he made his way out of the hotel before heading to the arena for the afternoon's performances

Spring in his step: He was in good spirits, smiling as he made his way out of the hotel before heading to the arena for the afternoon’s performances

Love is in the air: Nadiya and Kai are said to have been dating 'for months' before their hotel kiss this week

Love is in the air: Nadiya and Kai are said to have been dating ‘for months’ before their hotel kiss this week

Ex-partner: Nadiya recently split from fiancé Slovenian footballer Matija Škarabot

Ex-partner: Nadiya recently split from fiancé Slovenian footballer Matija Škarabot

A source told the publication: ‘They didn’t seem to care who could see them. It’s clear they’re massively loved up.’

It is said that the new couple spent 30 minutes at the hotel bar and were not in the vicinity of the other pro dancers and celebrities amid their live tour.

The insider continued: ‘Nadiya and Kai met away from the other dancers and celebrities, who were a mile up the road in the Travelodge. She had bought Kai a coffee from Starbucks next door and they talked and cuddled before having a kiss.’

They added that the pair didn’t want anybody ‘gossiping’ as there’s already been ‘so much speculation.’ 

Happy: Nadiya and Kai could be seen locking lips in what appeared to be the lobby of Newcastle's Malmaison hotel, after travelling north during the Strictly tour (Nadiya pictured)

Happy: Nadiya and Kai could be seen locking lips in what appeared to be the lobby of Newcastle’s Malmaison hotel, after travelling north during the Strictly tour (Nadiya pictured)

The publication reports that the couple shared their first kiss at the end of week one on the main Strictly show – despite strong Covid restrictions in place at the time.

A second source confirmed that despite Nadiya’s close friendship with her celebrity  partner Dan Walker and rumours Kai was dating AJ Odudu, Nadiya has been ‘single a while’ and Kai was ‘never dating AJ’ – adding that romance struck when they were both ‘free agents’. 

They added that the relationship is ‘early days’ but the couple are ‘happy’. 

MailOnline have contacted representatives of Nadiya and Kai for comment. 

Nothing going on: A second source confirmed that despite Nadiya's close friendship with her partner Dan Walker and rumours Kai was dating AJ Odudu, Nadiya has been 'single a while'

Nothing going on: A second source confirmed that despite Nadiya’s close friendship with her partner Dan Walker and rumours Kai was dating AJ Odudu, Nadiya has been ‘single a while’ 

It’s been said that Nadiya had been separated from her ex-partner ‘months ago’ and footballer Matija is ‘furious’ about recent reports concerning their love life. 

While last week, The Sun claimed Nadiya and Kai’s behaviour has been ‘raising eyebrows’ behind-the-scenes. 

A source told the publication: ‘Nadiya is incredibly flirty and it has certainly raised eyebrows.’ 

Just rumours: The source added: 'Kai was 'never dating AJ' - adding that romance struck when they were both 'free agents'

Just rumours: The source added: ‘Kai was ‘never dating AJ’ – adding that romance struck when they were both ‘free agents’

It comes as their budding romance looks set to continue on the road as the dance pros have signed up for The Professionals UK Tour.

The 36-date show starts at the end of April, a matter of weeks after the conclusion of the Strictly Live tour where the pair have been getting close backstage following Nadiya’s split from fiancé Matija, which was exclusively revealed by MailOnline.

A source close to the Strictly stars told MailOnline they feel the pair’s extended time together on the road, up and down the UK, will only bring them closer together and fuel more talk of a blossoming relationship.

The insider said: ‘It’s no secret Nadiya and Kai are incredibly fond of each other.

‘Their chemistry is obvious and they’ll be looking forward to spending more time on the road together.

‘It’ll essentially be another month in each other’s company, so it could either make or break them.’ 

Nadiya, who was partnered with presenter Dan Walker, 44, on the most recent series of Strictly, ended her engagement to Slovenian footballer Matija, the father of her five-year-old daughter.

'Chemistry': It comes as their budding romance looks set to continue on the road as the dance pros have signed up for The Professionals UK Tour

‘Chemistry’: It comes as their budding romance looks set to continue on the road as the dance pros have signed up for The Professionals UK Tour

A source told MailOnline that Nadiya realised her long-distance relationship with Matija, 33, wasn’t working and, while they continue to co-parent their daughter, they are no longer a couple.

An insider revealed: ‘Nadiya and Matija haven’t been together for some time now.

‘Matija is dedicated to his footballing career in Slovenia and Nadiya is predominantly based in London.

‘Performing on Strictly and the Strictly Live Tour takes up half her year, in the end the commitment to their jobs made it too difficult for the relationship to work.

‘There’s still a lot of love and respect between them and Mila is and always will be their priority.’

'It could make them': The 36-date show starts at the end of April, a matter of weeks after the conclusion of the Strictly Live tour where the pair have been getting close backstage

‘It could make them’: The 36-date show starts at the end of April, a matter of weeks after the conclusion of the Strictly Live tour where the pair have been getting close backstage 

Meanwhile, a host of Strictly stars were seen leaving the same hotel as Nadiya and Kai on Saturday as they headed to the AO Arena to perform in the day’s tour shows.

The winner of last year’s series, Rose Ayling-Ellis, 27, wore a red and blue St. Louis Cardinals jacket in support of the baseball team of the city in the US state of Missouri. 

She wore a white hoodie underneath her jacket which she teamed with a pair of blue denim jeans.

The EastEnders actress could be seen with a broad grin on her face as fans spotted her standing outside the hotel. 

Good sport: The winner of last year's series, Rose Ayling-Ellis, 27, wore a red and blue St. Louis Cardinals jacket, with the actress smiling at fans as she made her way to the arena

Good sport: The winner of last year’s series, Rose Ayling-Ellis, 27, wore a red and blue St. Louis Cardinals jacket, with the actress smiling at fans as she made her way to the arena

In style: Former EastEnders actress Maisie Smith, 20, looked stylish in a yellow and black jumper with white lettering

She carried a large grey bag over her shoulder packed full of belongings for the day

In style: Former EastEnders actress Maisie Smith, 20, looked stylish in a yellow and black jumper with white lettering

Greeting her public: Maisie posed with a fan outside the accommodation before heading off for her day of professional appointments

Greeting her public: Maisie posed with a fan outside the accommodation before heading off for her day of professional appointments

Former EastEnders actress Maisie Smith, 20, looked stylish in a yellow and black jumper with white lettering as she waited to travel to the arena.

She wore a pair of black trousers and comfortable white and grey trainers as she posed with a fan outside the accommodation.

Tilly Ramsay, 20, wore a quilted black coat and matching leggings as she left the hotel with two cups of coffee.

Quenching her thirst: Tilly Ramsay, 20, wore a quilted black coat and matching leggings as she left the hotel with two cups of coffee

Quenching her thirst: Tilly Ramsay, 20, wore a quilted black coat and matching leggings as she left the hotel with two cups of coffee

She opted to wear a mask despite the government dropping plan B Covid restrictions making them compulsory.  

The influencer, who is the daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay wore her multi-coloured plush slippers as she walked.

She was followed by professional dancer Katya Jones, 32, who wore a black dress with a lace trim and over-knee socks.

The star wore a checked jacket and black hat as she headed to the arena to perform. 

Fashion focus: She was followed by professional dancer Katya Jones, 32, who wore a black dress with a lace trim and over-knee socks

Fashion focus: She was followed by professional dancer Katya Jones, 32, who wore a black dress with a lace trim and over-knee socks

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