Dan Walker's Strictly partner Nadiya Bychkova 'has split from fiance and father of her child'

DAN Walker's Strictly Coming Dancing partner Nadiya Bychkova has reportedly split from her fiance.

The 32-year-old broke up with Matija Škarabot, the father of her five-year-old daughter Mila, after struggling with a long-distance relationship.

The dancer is said to be focused on Strictly and its tour of the UK, while her footballer fiancé, 33, remains in Slovenia.

She has been seen without her engagement ring in recent weeks.

A source told MailOnline: "Nadiya and Matija haven't been together for some time now.

"Matija is dedicated to his footballing career in Slovenia and Nadiya is predominantly based in London.

"Performing on Strictly and the Strictly Live Tour takes up half her year, in the end the commitment to their jobs made it too difficult for the relationship to work.

"There's still a lot of love and respect between them and Mila is and always will be their priority."

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Nadiya came fifth in last year's series with dad of three Dan, married to university sweetheart Sarah.

The 44-year-old BBC breakfast host formed a close bond with his Strictly partner during the series.

The Sun revealed how Nadiya consoled her close pal Dan Walker in his dressing room after he broke down on the tenth anniversary of the death of his pal Gary Speed.

The pair were seen hugging backstage at the BBC’s Elstree studios and Dan sobbed on her shoulder.

Former Wales manager Gary, who played for Leeds and Newcastle, killed himself after suffering with crippling mental health issues.

A source said: “Dan tried to hold it together, but the emotion of the evening became too much after their dance and he broke down in the dressing room.

“Nadiya consoled him. She was amazing, and basically let him cry it out on her shoulder.

"As a result people have been gossiping backstage about Dan and Nadiya’s closeness, but it was entirely innocent.

“She has been his rock — not just this week, but every week, as he’s been landed with criticism simply for staying in the show. Dan is so grateful for her friendship.”

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Nadiya came fifth in last year's series with dad of three Dan, married to university sweetheart SarahCredit: PA
Nadiya with her five-year-old daughter
The professional dancer is primarily based in the UKCredit: Instagram
Strictly’s Dan Walker gets sexy gift from Nadiya Bychokova as she tells him ‘this one’s for you partner’

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