Over the weekend, photos were published in The Sun of Strictly Come Dancing contestant Seann Walsh kissing his pro partner Katya Jones. Walsh’s now ex-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries has since released a statement on Twitter, writing that she had received offers to sell “[her] side of the story” but would “prefer for it to be on [her] own terms”.
"My name is Rebecca Humphries and I am not a victim," Humphries opened her statement. She stated that she had previously suspected “something inappropriate was going on” between Walsh and Jones, but Walsh had “aggressively, and repeatedly” called her “a psycho/nuts/mental.” She added, “As he has done countless times throughout our relationship when I've questioned his inappropriate behaviour.”
Humphries went on to address “any woman out there who deep down feels worthless and trapped with a man they love,” writing, “Believe in yourself and your instincts. It’s more than lying, it’s controlling”. Read her full statement below:
My name is Rebecca Humphries and I am not a victim.
I wasn’t sure whether to respond to events from the past week, but I feel the narrative has missed a couple of crucial elements that I would like to clear up.
It’s incredibly good of Sean and Katya to apologise in the media. I have received nothing, other than the support of my family, friends and a host of strangers on the internet who all wanted to make sure I was OK. What I have also kindly received are many offers to sell my side of the story, but I would prefer for it to be on my own terms.
Those pictures were taken on October 3rd. It was my birthday. I was alone at home when Sean texted at 10pm saying the two of them were going for one innocent drink. We spoke and I told him, not for the first time, that his actions over the past three weeks had led me to believe something inappropriate was going on. He aggressively, and repeatedly, called me a psycho / nuts / mental. As he has done countless times throughout our relationship when I’ve questioned his inappropriate, hurtful behaviour.
But - this whole business has served to remind me that I am a strong, capable person who is now free; and no victim. I have a voice and will use it by saying this to any woman out there who deep down feels worthless and trapped with a man they love:
Believe in yourself and your instincts. It’s more than lying. It’s controlling. Tell some very close friends who, if they’re anything like my wonderful network, will swoop in and take care of the logistics and of you.
It’s important also to recognise that in these situations those who hold power over you are insecure and fragile, and their need for control comes from a place of vulnerability. I think it certainly does in Sean’s case. Despite everything, I hope he gets what he wants from this. I’m not sorry I took the cat though.
Walsh has yet to respond to Humphries’ statement. He called the kiss "a one-off drunken mistake which I am truly sorry for," on Twitter, while Jones, who's married to fellow Strictly pro Neil Jones, said, "I wasn't thinking and it was a one-off mistake after some drinks," adding, "I love my husband and we are very happy together." To date, Neil Jones hasn't publicly addressed the photos, while a statement read by Ruth Langsford on Loose Women revealed that Walsh and Katya Jones will dance as usual on Saturday's show.