'I'm not sorry I took the cat': Norwich-born girlfriend of Strictly star Seann Walsh breaks silence after kissing snaps
PUBLISHED: 23:01 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:01 10 October 2018
The Norwich-born girlfriend of Strictly Come Dancing's Seann Walsh has broken her silence after the comedian admitted to kissing his dance partner Katya Jones.
Rebecca Humphries, an actress and comedian, who went to Thorpe St Andrew High School, issued a statement after Walsh issued an apology for his action.
Walsh and professional dancer Jones, who is married to fellow Strictly dancer Neil Jones, both said sorry for making a mistake after they were pictured in The Sun kissing on a night out.
Humphries, who has appeared in shows such as Big Bad World and Cockroaches, spoke out in a post on Twitter.
“Hello there,” she wrote. “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(n) 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.”
She went on: “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.
“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. Love, Rebecca.”
Humphries was a student on the Theatre Royal Arts course for eight years, appearing in productions alongside Sam Claflin, who went on to star in the Hunger Games films and responded to her tweet with a fist emoji and ‘Love you x’
She went from the Theatre Royal to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and took a sell-out stand-up show called Dizney Rascal to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, having previewed it at The Talk in Norwich’s Oak Street.
The photographs published at the weekend showed Walsh and Jones kissing and dancing in the street on a night out, with an onlooker claiming they were “snogging like a pair of teenagers”.
Walsh later apologised on Twitter, writing: “In light of the story in today’s newspaper I would like to offer my sincere apologies for my actions.
“This is no excuse but it was a one-off drunken mistake which I am truly sorry for.”
Jones, 29, said it was not a reflection of her marriage.
“I’m so sorry about any offence or hurt I may have caused with my actions,” she tweeted.
“I wasn’t thinking and it was a one-off mistake after some drinks.
“I love my husband and we are very happy together, this is not a reflection on our relationship.”
Walsh, 32, and Jones are set to continue to dance together on the BBC show, where so far their routines have included a jive and a paso doble to the Matrix theme tune.
Representatives for Walsh and Jones have been contacted for comment.