Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones, 30, has been holed up at home like much of the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Russian-born dancer spoke candidly about her struggles in a recent Instagram post.
The Strictly star discussed turning a year older as the professional dancer gears up to celebrate a new milestone next month.
It comes eight months after she announced her split from husband Neil Jones, 37, in a joint statement in August last year.
Taking to Instagram, the professional dancer shared a photo of herself sporting a pink diamante encrusted dress which featured a tutu skirt.
Staring into the camera, she accompanied the dress with a jewelled hat with the number 30 emblazoned on the front.
The BBC favourite admitted there are so many “preconceptions” about getting older.
In view of her 163,000 followers, Katya wrote: “In exactly a month today is going to be my 31st birthday. Turning 30 last year was a very challenging time for me.
“And even though I was on a dance tour, doing what I love around my friends, I couldn’t find my peace.”
She continued: “There are so many preconceptions about turning 30, you can’t help but start to apply them to yourself, it’s meant to be some sort of milestone.
“But this year, even in isolation, even with the possibility that I won’t be able to celebrate with my friends or see anyone at all, I couldn’t feel more wholesome, happy and blessed.”
Katya added: “No, there isn’t ‘you have to…’ , there isn’t ‘you’re meant to…’, there is no right or wrong. It’s just me and my own journey.”
She finished with the hashtags: “#lifeafter30 #birthdaysoon #isolation fabulous.”
Meanwhile, Katya previously addressed her relationship with Neil following their split and admitted the pair still support each other’s work.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Katya divulged: “We still talk. He’s got his projects coming up. I’ve got my projects which we share with each other. It’s good.”
Meanwhile, the Strictly pro recently took part in a project for BBC Earth kids called VIP Pets which aired tonight.
Katya was reunited with her pet dog Crumble Jones whom she shares with ex-partner Neil.
It appears the couple are sharing their pooch – who has its very own Instagram account – despite their split.