STRICTLY dancer Nadiya Bychkova was partnered with newsreader Dan Walker for the 19th series but was eliminated in week 11.
The Strictly choreographer formerly enjoyed life with her long-term husband, Matija Karabot, while she wasn’t on the dance floor. Here’s all you need to know about him.
Who is Matija Škarabot?
Matija is a footballer who is well-known among football fans.
While Nadiya is a familiar face on Strictly Come Dancing, Matija was a well-known professional footballer before joining the program in 2017.
He was born on February 4, 1988, in Nova Gorica, Slovenia.
In 2009, Matija made his debut for Slovenia U21, the national under-21 team, in a friendly match against Romania U21.
He subsequently went on to play for the Slovenian national team in UEFA Euro 2012 qualification matches in October 2010.
Matija has subsequently played for clubs including Rijeka, Olimpija Ljubljana, and Gorica in both Croatia and Slovenia.
He has been a left defender for Slovenian football club Primorje since 2019.
Do Matija Škarabot and Nadiya Bychkova have kids?
Nadiya and Matija received a daughter in 2016, despite the fact that neither of them knew anything about her and her name is unclear to this day.
Nadiya celebrated International Women’s Rights Day in March 2018 by posting a modest photo on her Instagram account.
The dancer could be seen going in close to her daughter, who was then kissed on the forehead with her back to the camera.
In June 2020, the engaged pair shared another sweet Instagram image to commemorate their daughter’s fourth birthday.
“You give us a thousand reasons to smile every day… always know how much you are loved,” the post said. “Happy birthday to our lovely daughter.”
Nadiya has repeatedly expressed her affection for her baby on social media since becoming a mother while keeping her identity and face hidden.
When did they break up?
Nadiya realized her long-distance relationship with Matija wasn’t working, according to a source, and although they still co-parent their daughter, they are no longer a couple.
A source stated that “Nadiya and Matija haven’t been together in a long time.”
“Matija is focused on his football career in Slovenia, whereas Nadiya is located mostly in London.”
Because competing on Strictly followed by the Live Tour takes over half of the year, it was tough for them to maintain their relationship.
The source said that they still have a lot of love and respect for each other, and Mila is and will always be their first priority.