‘People won’t understand’ Adam Peaty speaks on ‘near kiss’ with Katya amid viewer backlash

Adam Peaty’s girlfriend jokes about him ‘almost kissing’ Katya

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Adam Peaty, 26, and his dance partner Katya Jones, 32, lit up the ballroom on Strictly Come Dancing last month with a sizzling Argentine Tango. The pair were “so in the moment” according to the Olympian that some viewers claimed they “almost kissed” which resulted in them receiving a number of “hateful messages” on social media.

Adam acknowledged that the only thing he and Katya can control is their dancing, as they have no say in how they are perceived in the media or by viewers.

When it comes to trolls, the swimming champion admitted that he has considered whether or not to respond when “someone with five followers on a fake account” targets him.

“But at the same time, I’m like, they’ve obviously got more things going on in their life than I’ve got in mine, if that makes sense if they need to send hate to me.

“Cause I get a lot of hateful messages, especially on the Argentine Tango. But I actually realised, I’m just trying my best to be a dancer here,” he told Metro.co.uk.

Following the hotly debated Argentine Tango that he and Katya delivered a couple of weeks ago, Adam revealed he “didn’t think anything of it” until he saw Twitter, which erupted with reactions to what appeared to look like an “almost kiss”.

He continued: “That is the honest truth, because I was so in the moment and I loved the dance and we performed the dance, we did our best version on that night, and I think it was incredible,” he said.

“But people won’t understand that because they don’t know what it’s like to do three major lifts, they don’t know what it’s like to lead,” he said.

Adam is currently dating Eiri Munro, 23, with whom he shares a son, George, who just turned one year old.

Meanwhile, Katya is thought to be single after splitting from her husband Neil Jones, 39, back in 2019.

Appearing on Friday’s Strictly: It Takes Two at the time, Rylan, 32, couldn’t resist probing the couple about the risqué routine.

He said: “It was a big night for you guys on Saturday, what did it mean for you to bounce back from where you were?

A relieved Adam replied: “It meant absolutely everything, the Argentine Tango was a hard dance.”

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Rylan chimed in: “It was just so saucy.”

Adam agreed with Rylan, but insisted the dance appeared to come off as saucy because he and Katya had gotten “so into playing a character”.

“It was amazing, I really, really felt at home there,” he gushed.

When Strictly pro-Katya was asked what she thought of the intimate dance routine, she explained: “The thing is that we kept getting different comments from the judges.

“We were working on our technique really hard but they kept saying, ‘Oh you know, you’re just not connecting to the music or the emotion’.

“So we started to think completely differently and thought, ‘Right, what do they want from me and what’s the emotion attached to it?’

“I think we definitely improved on that level and I know Craig [Revel Horwood] said it was maybe a bit blocky, but [Adam] is still learning how to dance and how to move his body across the floor.”

Following the intimate Strictly moment, Olympian Adam’s girlfriend reacted on her TikTok page.

The 23-year-old pretended to cry as she wrote that her boyfriend “almost kissed” his dance partner.

The caption read: “Watching your boyfriend almost kiss another woman on live TV.”

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