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Seann Walsh pokes fun at Matt Hancock’s affair following his own kiss scandal

He was caught kissing his married Strictly dance partner Katya Jones while partenered with her during the 2018 series of the ballroom show.

And Seann Walsh made light of the situation on Friday, as he poked fun at the Health Secretary Matt Hancock after his affair with his most senior aide – Gina Coladangelo – was explosively revealed. 

Married Mr Hancock, 42, has failed to deny claims of a secret term affair after images revealed his passionate clinch with the millionaire lobbyist, 43, where he was filmed rubbing her back and bottom during their workplace embrace.

Weighing in: Seann Walsh made light of the situation on Friday, as he poked fun at the Health Secretary Matt Hancock after his affair with his most senior aide – Gina Coladangelo – was explosively revealed

Seann Walsh made light of the situation on Friday, as he poked fun at the Health Secretary Matt Hancock after his affair with his most senior aide - Gina Coladangelo - was explosively revealed (pictured doing the Charleston on Strictly in 2018)

Seann Walsh made light of the situation on Friday, as he poked fun at the Health Secretary Matt Hancock after his affair with his most senior aide – Gina Coladangelo – was explosively revealed (pictured doing the Charleston on Strictly in 2018)

Taking to Twitter to comment on the news, the comedian, 35, wrote: ‘Having a bad day @matthanock? Just count yourself lucky you don’t have to learn the Charleston!’

Seann was referencing his own fling with professional dancer, when he was in a relationship with ex-girlriend Rebecca Humphries.

The TV funnyman was spotted in a passionate clinch on a night out with Katya, which took place on Rebecca’s birthday. 

After images and video of the kiss were released, an onlooker who witnessed Seann and Katya’s kiss, told The Sun they were ‘snogging like a pair of teenagers’.

Affair: Married Mr Hancock, 42, has failed to deny claims of a secret term affair after images revealed his passionate clinch with millionaire lobbyist Gina, 43, where he was filmed rubbing her back and bottom during their workplace embrace

Affair: Married Mr Hancock, 42, has failed to deny claims of a secret term affair after images revealed his passionate clinch with millionaire lobbyist Gina, 43, where he was filmed rubbing her back and bottom during their workplace embrace

The pair were at the Duke Of York pub in Marylebone in Central London in October 2018.

Their close relationship was noted by members of the crew but the kiss still came as a shock to everyone. 

Images of the smooch emerged online in the week that Seann and Katya were due to perform the Charleston. 

Taking to Twitter to comment on the news, the comedian, 35, wrote: 'Having a bad day @matthanock? Just count yourself lucky you don't have to learn the Charleston!'

Taking to Twitter to comment on the news, the comedian, 35, wrote: ‘Having a bad day @matthanock? Just count yourself lucky you don’t have to learn the Charleston!’

Following the incident, Seann’s actress girlfriend Rebecca Humphries released an impassioned statement in which she revealed he called her ‘psycho’ and ‘nuts’ for questioning his friendship with Katya, who he kissed on Rebecca’s birthday.

While Katya was supported by her husband Neil Jones after the ‘drunken mistake’, their marriage did not last as they announced their split in August 2019.

The dancers confirmed they were splitting in joint Instagram statements, but despite writing they had mutual ‘respect’ and ‘love’, a source claimed Katya’s infidelity was something her husband couldn’t get over.

The pair have remained friends since the split and continue to be professional dancers together on Strictly.

Statement: On Friday Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to sack Mr Hancock having accepted an apology that neglected to mention the wife he cheated on (Hancock pictured with Ms Coladangelo)

Statement: On Friday Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to sack Mr Hancock having accepted an apology that neglected to mention the wife he cheated on (Hancock pictured with Ms Coladangelo)

Seann recently told how the scandal left him filled with anxiety and suffering from panic attacks as he believes the kiss affected his blossoming comedy career. 

He said his mental health was greatly affected by the incident in 2018 and he is still on anti-depressants and sometimes suffers from panic attacks.

Speaking on the Take Flight podcast, Seann told how he had to ‘lie down in the street’ the other day after a panic attack. 

Scandal: Seann recently told how his mental health was greatly affected by the incident in 2018 and he is still on anti-depressants and sometimes suffers from panic attacks

Scandal: Seann recently told how his mental health was greatly affected by the incident in 2018 and he is still on anti-depressants and sometimes suffers from panic attacks

Recalling the moment the kiss became public, he said: ‘From that point on my life changed for ever. 

‘The panic attacks came back – big, big panic attacks and I ended up having what I later found out were Vertigo Seizures.

‘I had one the other day, I just lied down – I had to lie down in the street, it’s quite humiliating. It’s London so nobody gives a s***.

‘I have to relive what happened. Still, I can be OK then suddenly the memories of it all come back.

Ex: Following the incident, Seann's actress girlfriend Rebecca Humphries released an impassioned statement in which she revealed he called her 'psycho' and 'nuts' for questioning his friendship with Katya

Ex: Following the incident, Seann’s actress girlfriend Rebecca Humphries released an impassioned statement in which she revealed he called her ‘psycho’ and ‘nuts’ for questioning his friendship with Katya

It defeats me and beats me until the plates start spinning and I lose balance and fall and start screaming, so I still get them.

‘They’re less frequent, I’d never had them before. I’m on anti-anxiety, anti-depression, it’s called Sertraline. For me exercise is what helps me.’

Seann said that prior to the kiss he had big dreams for his comedy career but then felt like he was ‘living without hope’ when the scandal emerged.

He said: ‘I was a very dream-like young man, I would dream of doing the Apollo, my sitcom, I was always living in this fantasy land.

‘Then it was suddenly the first time I was living without hope.

‘A kiss and a statement destroyed my dreams and who I was. What I could have been, what my life could have been, what I could have made myself was gone.’ 

Split: While Katya was supported by her husband Neil Jones after the 'drunken mistake', their marriage did not last as they announced their split in August 2019 (pictured in April  2019)

Split: While Katya was supported by her husband Neil Jones after the ‘drunken mistake’, their marriage did not last as they announced their split in August 2019 (pictured in April  2019)

On Friday Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to sack Mr Hancock having accepted an apology that neglected to mention the wife he cheated on – after he was caught on CCTV kissing his most senior aide against the door of his Whitehall office.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Mr Johnson now ‘considered the matter closed’ and refused to answer questions on whether Mr Hancock broke the law or ministerial code as the Health Secretary admitted he had ‘let people down’ and said sorry for flouting social distancing rules.

In an extraordinary statement he did not mention his wife of 15 years Martha, the mother of his three children, who was pictured looking heartbroken while walking the family dog near their north London home, only saying he had ‘let people down’ and wanted ‘privacy for my family on this personal matter’.

Mr Hancock’s kiss with Ms Coladangelo, a mother-of-three whose husband Oliver Tress is the founder of clothing shop Oliver Bonas, is alleged to have taken place in the corridor outside his office at the Department for Health’s headquarters in central London at around 3pm on May 6 this year – the day of the UK local elections and a week after his first coronavirus jab.

Mr Hancock is said to have checked the corridor is clear before closing the door, leaning on it to stop it opening before launching into their passionate embrace. The Sun claims they have been having an affair that has been the talk of the department – but it is not known if they remain in a relationship that was a secret until now

Reports: The Health Secretary admitted he had 'let people down' and said sorry for flouting social distancing rules. (pictured here with Matt Hancock outside Downing Street in May), according to The Sun

Reports: The Health Secretary admitted he had ‘let people down’ and said sorry for flouting social distancing rules. (pictured here with Matt Hancock outside Downing Street in May), according to The Sun 

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