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Strictly’s Nicola Adams shares letter from seven-year-old fan after Katya Jones’ positive COVID test

They’ve had to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing after pro Katya Jones tested postive for coronavirus.

And the ‘gutted’ pair have now shared a sweet hand-written letter which was made for them by a seven-year-old fan called Abigail.

Taking to Instagram on Friday, boxer Nicola, 38, posted the touching note which said that their dancing had inspired the child to ‘stay strong and follow their dreams’.

Dancing duo: Nicola Adams and Katya Jones have shared a sweet letter which was written for them by a seven-year-old fan… after they had to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing

In the letter Abigail told the former Strictly couple: ‘I am writing because I absolutely love your dancing (especially your couples choice to Shine).

‘Your dancing really inspired me to stay strong, and follow my dreams. You’re doing really, really well. Also my dog loves your dancing. She’s called Bonnie. I wonder what you’re doing next week.’

Nicola also included a note, which appeared to be added by Abigail’s mum, thanking her and Katya ‘for being such a positive female role model and inspiring young children to follow their dreams’

Nicola then finished up the post by writing: ‘Thank you so much. This is what gives me the strength to keep doing what I do. @Katyajones’. 

Touching: Nicola posted the note to her Instagram Stories on Friday, revealing that the youngster had told them their dancing had 'inspired' her to 'stay strong and follow her dreams'

Touching: Nicola posted the note to her Instagram Stories on Friday, revealing that the youngster had told them their dancing had ‘inspired’ her to ‘stay strong and follow her dreams’

Katya also reposted the letter and accompanying drawing of her and Nicola in action to her own Instagram Stories.

The pro’s positive test result means boxer Nicola will now have to isolate for two weeks, meaning she cannot be given a new partner and continue in the competition.

Katya was stunned to learn she’s tested positive as she didn’t display any symptoms, and is now convinced she must have caught the virus in a sandwich shop after telling bosses she hasn’t been mixing with others as she lives alone.

She and dancing partner Nicola trained together on Monday and Tuesday – and Katya tested positive that day, according to sources. 

So cute: The letter also included a drawing of Nicola and Katya during their time on Strictly

So cute: The letter also included a drawing of Nicola and Katya during their time on Strictly

It comes as Strictly bosses have confirmed that Nicola cannot return to compete next series after being forced to pull out of this year’s show.

In a statement read out by Andrea McLean on Friday’s Loose Women, bosses explained that Nicola would be too far advanced in the competition to return in the future as she would have an ‘unfair advantage.’

A source close to Nicola had told MailOnline on Thursday: ‘She’s hoping her Strictly dream is not over. 

‘There’s lots of hurdles to overcome but if it’s possible she can compete with Katya in the 2021 series, Nicola will want to make it happen.’ 

While the Strictly cast have been in social bubbles, they are allowed to continue their daily business as normal, with insiders now claiming ‘furious’ BBC bosses have vowed to tighten the rules for the remaining celebs. 

It's over! Nicola Adams and Katya Jones have been forced to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing after the dancer contracted COVID-19, which she is convinced came from a sandwich shop

It’s over! Nicola Adams and Katya Jones have been forced to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing after the dancer contracted COVID-19, which she is convinced came from a sandwich shop

'My hero': Shortly after Strictly confirmed news of the couple's exit, Katya posted on Instagram that her 'heart is broken', before paying tribute to her partner

‘My hero’: Shortly after Strictly confirmed news of the couple’s exit, Katya posted on Instagram that her ‘heart is broken’, before paying tribute to her partner

A Strictly representative confirmed to MailOnline that bosses are not launching an investigation into how Katya contracted the virus as there is no way to indicate where she may have caught it.

They added that as the dancer lives alone and has only been leaving her house to train, she hasn’t been socialising with others. 

This also means that the Strictly final next month will feature just four couples instead of the planned five.

It comes after fellow Strictly contestant Ranvir Singh spoke about the dancing duo’s exit from the show on Good Morning Britain on Friday.

Gutted: Nicola shared a montage of her favourite moments during her time on Strictly

Gutted: Nicola shared a montage of her favourite moments during her time on Strictly

The TV presenter said: ‘It has absolutely swelled my heart and the nation’s heart to see Nicola and Katya breaking those boundaries, doing something so beautiful and being brilliant at their dancing.’ 

Ranvir also added that the remaining couples will be thinking of Katya and Nicola when they take to the dance floor this weekend.

She said: ‘On Saturday, honestly, we will be dancing for Nicola and Katya because that’s what they said: ‘Just go out there and do it for the team’.’  

After the news broke, Katya said that her ‘heart is broken’, before paying tribute to her partner on Instagram

Writing alongside a selfie of the pair, the dancer wrote: ‘My heart is broken I’m utterly gutted this Special journey had to end this way and you don’t get to give more .

You are a woman who didn’t need a hero, you became one. Definitely my hero.

To everyone, thank you for your tremendous support and we will keep dancing for you guys one way or another. 

Meanwhile, please stay safe everybody. And to all my friends who’re still in the show- go for it!’ 

Tragic: Strictly bosses confirmed Nicola and Katya's departure in a statement they posted on social media

Tragic: Strictly bosses confirmed Nicola and Katya’s departure in a statement they posted on social media

Nicola hopes to return next year alongside Katya after they made history by competing together for the Glitterball as the show’s first same sex pairing. 

If Nicola appears in next year’s series, she will be the second ever star to return, after Jamie Lang, who was allowed to a second chance to star in this year’s Strictly after injury ruled him out of the 2019 series. 

However, the Made In Chelsea favourite did not feature in any shows, unlike Nicola who has survived two vote offs.

Last Sunday, Nicola and Katya were in the bottom two but were saved after judges chose ex-NFL star Jason Bell to leave the competition. 

Strictly’s ‘bubble’ system 

Strictly introduced strict new measures to ensure filming could continue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including regular testing and placing the couples in separate ‘bubbles’ so they can train and perform together.

These ‘bubbles’ mean that any celebrity can openly mix, train and perform with their professional partner and vice versa, but they are prohibited from mixing with anyone from outside of their bubble during filming or training.

Despite these new restrictions, and some celebrities having to live alone while taking part in the series, they are not limited from going to public spaces such as shops and parks.

In some cases stars have been living alone while the other half of their pair can stay with their family or household. 

This series also became the first in the show’s history to air without a live audience after England was plunged into a month-long lockdown. 

This year has already seen the pros pre-record all of their group performances while isolating together in a hotel as one bubble, before being separated to join up with their celebrity partners, and thus forming their own separate bubbles. 


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