STRICTLY beauty Nadiya Bychkova has opened up about her close bond with dance-floor partner Dan Walker — after posing up a storm for us in pics from her 2022 calendar.
Gorgeous Nadiya Bychkova has opened up about her close relationship with Dan Walker
The Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer, 32, says BBC Breakfast presenter Dan, 44, is ‘the right person’ to waltz into her life
But she admits BBC Breakfast presenter Dan, 44, is “the right person” to waltz into her life this time around.
Asked in a joint interview last week if the pair had clicked, Dan said: “Sometimes the right person walks into your life at the right time.”
And Nadiya answered: “I think that was exactly what happened. Last year I didn’t have a partner but to have Daniel this year . . . I don’t think I can put it into words how amazing it is.
“If only I had known before, that I would get someone as amazing as he is . . . it’s just beautiful.”
Dan admitted he was the envy of pals after he was paired with the pro dancer. He revealed he had more than 500 messages on his phone after the launch show.
Dan said: “When I got off the first week, I think I had about 280 WhatsApps and about 250 text messages, from the world and his wife really.
Dan, who is married to wife Sarah, and has three children, added: “This experience has been completely different to how I expected. I thought I’d be at home by now.
“In my head it was like, ‘I know I can’t dance, I know I feel awkward and uncomfortable. I’ve been here a few weeks. I can say I’ve done it and go home and watch with everyone else.’
“But I think I’ve surprised Nadiya and myself. I’m enjoying it so much more than I thought I would.
“The important thing I’ve realised is that I’ve been privileged in my life. I’ve seen a lot of greatness and you think, ‘That’s incredible’.
“Now I feel the same appreciation when I watch Nadiya and the other pros dance.
This experience has been completely different to how I expected.
“It’s their life’s work. I understand how good they are at what they do. And learning off the best in the business is just incredible.”
Nadiya said: “I’m elated to hear something like that, it means so much.
“Not many people can appreciate and understand it the way he does. And it’s just like, ‘Thank you.’”
Nadiya was snapped with her arm around Dan, married to Sarah, last weekCredit: James Curley
The blonde beauty posed up a storm for her 2022 calendar
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