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Strictly Come Dancing’s Seann Walsh has jokingly commiserated with Minister for Health Matt Hancock after the politician was pictured in a steamy clinch with adviser Gina Coladangelo, 43.
Comedian Seann was subject to his own media frenzy when he was pictured kissing his professional dance partner Katya Jones, who was married to fellow pro Neil Jones, outside a London pub in 2018.
Just a few days after the pictures emerged, Seann’s then-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries dumped him with a damning public statement urging women not to stay with controlling partners.
The actress revealed that she had long suspected something was going on between the comic and his married partner, and claimed that he'd branded her "nuts" when she raised her concerns with him.
Strictly’s Seann Walsh has jokingly commiserated with Minister for Health Matt Hancock after the politician was pictured in a steamy clinch with adviser Gina Coladangelo, 43
Strictly bosses even stepped in after the furore to try and diffuse the situation by changing their next dance routine to something less sexy.
Now trying to make light of Matt Hancock’s scandal, the professional funnyman took to Twitter on Friday and penned: “Having a bad day @MattHancock? Just count yourself lucky you don't have to learn the Charleston”.
In May, the TV star told the Take Flight podcast that his Strictly kiss "changed his life for ever" – leaving him with depression, anxiety and panic attacks after the incident.
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Speaking about the impact of the incident, he later said: "I was a very dream-like young man, I would dream of doing the Apollo, my sitcom, I was always living in this fantasy land. Then it was suddenly the first time I was living without hope.
"A kiss and a statement destroyed my dreams and who I was. What I could have been, what my life could have been, what I could have made myself was gone."
At the time Walsh released a statement calling the kiss a "one-off drunken mistake".
Meanwhile, Katya also apologised and said the incident “didn’t reflect on her marriage” and she loved her husband Neil.
MP Matt Hancock, who is married and has three children, apologised for breaking social distancing rules after he was pictured in kissing a close aide in the Department of Health offices
Comedian Seann took to Twitter on Friday to make the quip
However almost a year later, Neil and Katya announced they were divorcing, but they insisted that the kissing scandal had nothing to do with their decision to end their 11-year relationship.
Meanwhile, Matt Hancock, who is married and has three children, apologised for breaking social distancing rules after he was pictured in kissing a close aide in the Department of Health offices.
The Health Secretary admitted he broke social distancing "guidance" – though did not say whether he believes he broke the law – in his embrace with Gina Coladangelo, whose husband founded the fashion firm Oliver Bonas.
Seann and Katya pictured in 2018 in light of their furore
He said: "I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances. I have let people down and am very sorry."
But Mr Hancock, who has been married to his osteopath wife Marta, 44, since 2006, confirmed he has no intention of resigning.
He added: "I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter.”
It came after Labour demanded he is sacked as Health Secretary over a "charge sheet" that culminated in the incident.