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Strictly’s Nadiya Bychkova shares photos from exhausting tour rehearsals

Nadiya Bychkova has been leaning on her Strictly family for support after her split from fiancé Matija Škarabot.

The Strictly professional dancer has distracted herself from the breakup by immersing herself in intense rehearsals for the show’s live tour this week, which kicks off on Friday.

Nadiya shared a series of backstage Instagrams with her co-stars on Thursday as it was revealed her partner on the 2021 series Dan Walker has become a ‘pillar of strength and support’ for her during the breakup.

Keeping busy: Nadiya Bychkova has been leaning on her Strictly family for support after her split from fiancé Matija Škarabot, pictured leaving tour rehearsals in Birmingham on Wednesday evening 

Nadiya had a busy day at tour rehearsals in Birmingham, with new pictures showing the dancer looking exhausted as she left the show venue.

Wearing a black baseball cap and still sporting a full face of makeup after Thursday’s dress run, Nadiya was surrounded by Strictly team-members.

Earlier in the day the blonde, 32, shared a video of herself and fellow pro dancer Luba Mushtuk resting their feet in ice baths after an intense day of dancing.

‘Go on tour they said, it will be glamorous they said,’ the two dancers joked as they gestured to their fluffy red dressing gowns and swollen feet.

With her girls: The Strictly professional has distracted herself from the breakup by immersing herself in intense rehearsals this week for the show's live tour, which kicks off on Friday

With her girls: The Strictly professional has distracted herself from the breakup by immersing herself in intense rehearsals this week for the show’s live tour, which kicks off on Friday

Nadiya also shared a selfie with the female dancers on tour, posing with Tilly Ramsay, Maisie Smith and 2021 series winner Rose Ayling-Ellis in their glam costumes.

Nadiya looked gorgeous in a high-necked silver sequin dress as she beamed for the camera.  

The dancer is single after ending her engagement to Slovenian footballer Matija Škarabot, the father of her five-year-old daughter, as exclusively revealed by MailOnline last week. 

Long day: Wearing a black baseball cap and still sporting a full face of makeup after the dress run, Nadiya was surrounded by Strictly team-members

Time for bed: The dancer clutched a bottle of coconut water as she headed to her car

Long day: Wearing a black baseball cap and still sporting a full face of makeup after the dress run, Nadiya was surrounded by Strictly team-members

Strictly support: It was revealed this week that her partner on the 2021 series Dan Walker has become a 'pillar of strength and support' for her during the breakup

Strictly support: It was revealed this week that her partner on the 2021 series Dan Walker has become a ‘pillar of strength and support’ for her during the breakup

Matija no longer follows Nadiya on Instagram, while Nadiya has not posted about him for seven months. 

Sources close to the stunning dancer, 32, revealed that she has been confiding in BBC Breakfast presenter Dan 44, after accepting the fact that her long-distance relationship with Matija, 33, was no longer working. 

One source told MailOnline: ‘Dan and Nadiya have such a great bond and he has been a pillar of strength and support for her following the breakup with Matija.

Ouch! Earlier in the day the blonde, 32, shared a video of herself and fellow pro dancer Luba Mushtuk resting their feet in ice baths after an intense day of dancing

Ouch! Earlier in the day the blonde, 32, shared a video of herself and fellow pro dancer Luba Mushtuk resting their feet in ice baths after an intense day of dancing

Painful: 'Go on tour they said, it will be glamorous they said,' the two dancers joked as they gestured to their fluffy red dressing gowns and swollen feet

Painful: ‘Go on tour they said, it will be glamorous they said,’ the two dancers joked as they gestured to their fluffy red dressing gowns and swollen feet

Getting glam: Nadiya shared a series of backstage Instagrams with her co-stars on Thursday

Getting glam: Nadiya shared a series of backstage Instagrams with her co-stars on Thursday

‘The bond between them started during Strictly, leaving the cast and crew surprised at how close they became. 

They were literally inseparable and got on so well and this has continued even now the series is over.’

Another source added: ‘Dan supported Nadiya with everything, including her breakup, which only made their partnership stronger. 

He even grew close to her mother and daughter, who really enjoyed watching them dance together on Strictly.

Kind: Dan Walker has become a 'pillar of strength and support' for his Strictly dance partner following her split from her fiancé, friends have told MailOnline

Kind: Dan Walker has become a ‘pillar of strength and support’ for his Strictly dance partner following her split from her fiancé, friends have told MailOnline

Wife: Walker has been married to Sarah (above) for 21 years and the couple have three children

Wife: Walker has been married to Sarah (above) for 21 years and the couple have three children 

Split: MailOnline exclusively revealed that Nadiya is single after ending her engagement to Slovenian footballer Matija Škarabot, the father of her five-year-old daughter

Split: MailOnline exclusively revealed that Nadiya is single after ending her engagement to Slovenian footballer Matija Škarabot, the father of her five-year-old daughter 

Unfollowed: Matija no longer follows Nadiya on Instagram, while professional dancer Nadiya has not posted about him for seven months

Unfollowed: Matija no longer follows Nadiya on Instagram, while professional dancer Nadiya has not posted about him for seven months

‘Dan and Nadiya enjoy a deep and special bond, which has really helped her to get on with her new life following the split.’

On Wednesday, Nadia appeared in high spirits as she filmed herself getting her hair and make-up applied by a glam squad.

Nadia beamed as she held the camera out and filmed herself and her make-up artist, while preparing for a Strictly dress rehearsal. 

TV presenter Dan has been married to wife Sarah for 21 years and has kept his relationship largely out of the spotlight. The couple met at Sheffield University and have three children. 

During his stint on Strictly, Sarah showed her support by watching Dan perform from the studio audience. 

Feeling good? On Wednesday, Nadia appeared in high spirits as she filmed herself getting her hair and make-up applied by a glam squad

Selfie: Nadia's hair was styled in loose waves and she had yet to have her make-up applied

Feeling good? On Wednesday, Nadiya appeared in high spirits as she filmed herself getting her hair and make-up applied by a glam squad

Playful: Nadiya beamed as she held the camera out and filmed herself and her make-up artist, while preparing for a Strictly dress rehearsal.

Playful: Nadiya beamed as she held the camera out and filmed herself and her make-up artist, while preparing for a Strictly dress rehearsal.

Good pals: The Ballroom and Latin champion was partnered with BBC's Dan on Strictly last year and the pair have since become close friends

Good pals: The Ballroom and Latin champion was partnered with BBC’s Dan on Strictly last year and the pair have since become close friends

It has also been reported that Nadiya is being provided with further support from fellow pro dancer Kai Widdrington, 26.

The pro dancer was partnered on Strictly with AJ Odudu, 33, but the couple were forced to pull out of the final after the TV star suffered a foot injury. 

AJ and Kai reportedly dated during their time performing together on Strictly but are yet to go public with their romance. 

Keeping her spirits up: Nadiya Bychkova smiled as she headed out for a coffee on Wednesday before rehearsals for the Strictly tour in Birmingham

Leggy display: Nadiya showed off her long legs in high waisted grey shorts, a cosy grey top and a long black cardigan

Keeping her spirits up: Nadiya smiled as she headed out for a coffee on Wednesday before rehearsals for the Strictly tour in Birmingham

Pals: Nadiya has also reportedly been comforted by fellow Strictly dancer and good friend Kai Widdrington (pictured last week)

Pals: Nadiya has also reportedly been comforted by fellow Strictly dancer and good friend Kai Widdrington (pictured last week)

Dan and Nadiya have documented their friendship on social media, regularly sharing posts about each other’s lives and writing supportive comments.

The TV host gifted Nadiya a painting that he had commissioned by a Sheffield-based artist for Christmas to mark the end of their Strictly journey together.

He wrote on Instagram: ‘Lots of people have asked me if I got my Professional Partner @nadiyabychkova a present for the end of #Strictly and or Christmas

‘The answer is ‘yes’ and this was it… a gorgeous commission from the brilliant Sheffield artist @alanpenningtonart.

Thoughtful: Dan gifted Nadiya a painting that he had commissioned by a Sheffield-based artist for Christmas to mark the end of their Strictly journey together

Thoughtful: Dan gifted Nadiya a painting that he had commissioned by a Sheffield-based artist for Christmas to mark the end of their Strictly journey together

Generous: Dan wrote: 'Lots of people have asked me if I got my Professional Partner @nadiyabychkova a present for the end of #Strictly and or Christmas'

Generous: Dan wrote: ‘Lots of people have asked me if I got my Professional Partner @nadiyabychkova a present for the end of #Strictly and or Christmas’

Grateful: Nadiya responded: 'Partner, you are THE BEST. It's a perfect gift. THANK YOU so much! Merry Christmas partner you to and your beautiful family'

Grateful: Nadiya responded: ‘Partner, you are THE BEST. It’s a perfect gift. THANK YOU so much! Merry Christmas partner you to and your beautiful family’

‘He’s managed to capture all the things which made Strictly so special this year and all the things Nadiya loved about Sheffield. Thanks Alan and Merry Christmas partner’.

Nadiya responded: ‘Partner, you are THE BEST. It’s a perfect gift. THANK YOU so much! Merry Christmas partner you to and your beautiful family.’

In November, Dan met with Nadiya’s mum and her daughter at a restaurant in London’s Notting Hill. He captioned an image of the three together on Instagram: ‘What a lovely dinner with @nadiyabychkova’s beautiful mum and daughter.

‘We played with Lego and Mila had her first ever burger… big moment.’  

Close bond: In November, Dan met with Nadiya's mum and her daughter at a restaurant in London's Notting Hill

Close bond: In November, Dan met with Nadiya’s mum and her daughter at a restaurant in London’s Notting Hill 

Memories: Dan gushed: 'What a lovely dinner with @nadiyabychkova's beautiful mum & daughter.

Memories: Dan gushed: ‘What a lovely dinner with @nadiyabychkova’s beautiful mum & daughter.

Last year, Dan posted a picture of a card made for him by Nadiya’s five-year-old daughter Mila, which showed a picture she had drawn of herself and the presenter, wishing him luck for his next Strictly performance.

Dan said: ‘I got this gorgeous card from @nadiyabychkova’s beautiful daughter. Thank you, Mila. I’ll do my best for you.’

MailOnline revealed on Tuesday that Nadiya had split from Mila’s father after the pair struggled to make their long-distance relationship work. 

Matija is based in Slovenia with Mila while Nadiya performs on the three-week Strictly Live Tour, which begins on Wednesday in Birmingham.

While she was paired with Dan for the last Strictly series, she does not have a celebrity partner for the tour.  

Thoughtful: Shortly before appearing on a Strictly episode last year, Dan also posted a picture of card made for him by Mila wishing him good luck

Thoughtful: Shortly before appearing on a Strictly episode last year, Dan also posted a picture of card made for him by Mila wishing him good luck

Cute: Next to it was a picture of a young girl in a red dress which had 'Mila' written below it. 'I got this gorgeous card from @nadiyabychkova's beautiful daughter. 'Thank you Mila'

Cute: Next to it was a picture of a young girl in a red dress which had ‘Mila’ written below it. ‘I got this gorgeous card from @nadiyabychkova’s beautiful daughter. ‘Thank you Mila’

Single: Nadiya has recently stopped wearing her diamond engagement ring (pictured) and no longer posts about footballer Matija on her Instagram profile

Single: Nadiya has recently stopped wearing her diamond engagement ring (pictured) and no longer posts about footballer Matija on her Instagram profile 

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