Strictly’s Nadiya Bychkova opens up about introducing beau Kai Widdrington to daughter Mila, 6

‘It took time, it wasn’t easy’: Strictly’s Nadiya Bychkova opens up about introducing beau Kai Widdrington to daughter Mila, 6, and says she’s ‘explained as much as she can’ to the her about war in native Ukraine

Strictly’s Nadiya Bychkova has discussed the difficulty of introducing daughter Mila to beau Kai Widdrington for the first time. 

The Ukrainian beauty, 33, said that it ‘wasn’t easy’ but gushed about how ‘brilliant’ he is with the six-year-old.

She also revealed that she had been ‘explaining as much as she can’ to her daughter about war in her native Ukraine.  

Lovebirds: Strictly's Nadiya Bychkova, 33, discussed the difficulty of introducing daughter Mila to beau Kai Widdrington, 27, for the first time on Loose Women on Friday

Lovebirds: Strictly’s Nadiya Bychkova, 33, discussed the difficulty of introducing daughter Mila to beau Kai Widdrington, 27, for the first time on Loose Women on Friday 

Nadiya has been in a relationship with her co-star, 27, for the past 11 months and they moved in together in the summer. 

Speaking on Friday’s Loose Women she said: ‘It took some time because it wasn’t easy, you protect your child as much as you can, but he is brilliant’.

‘It took some time but he proved himself in all the possible ways and Mila absolutely adores him!’ 

Family: The Ukrainian beauty, 33, said that it 'wasn't easy' but gushed about how 'brilliant' he is with the six-year-old

Family: The Ukrainian beauty, 33, said that it ‘wasn’t easy’ but gushed about how ‘brilliant’ he is with the six-year-old

Happy couple: Speaking on Friday's Loose Women she said: 'It took some time because it wasn't easy, you protect your child as much as you can, but he is brilliant'

Happy couple: Speaking on Friday’s Loose Women she said: ‘It took some time because it wasn’t easy, you protect your child as much as you can, but he is brilliant’

Kai went on to reveal Nadiya’s daughter has nicknamed him ‘Kai lemon pie’. 

The dancer shares daughter Mila with her ex-fiancé, Slovenian footballer Matija Škarabot, who she split from in early 2021.

She also spoke about spending a traditional Christmas with Kai’s father in Southhampton.

Xmas: She also gushed about spending a traditional Christmas with Kai's father in Southhampton

Xmas: She also gushed about spending a traditional Christmas with Kai’s father in Southhampton

‘It was [a whirlwind] but it was family, some new people I met. It was brilliant for Mila, which was probably the most important thing for me at this moment.’ 

Speaking about the Ukraine conflict she said: ‘I’m trying to explain as much as I can for a six year old. My mum flew on Christmas Eve back to Ukraine, to look after my grandma’. 

‘It took her three days so Mila is aware of all of this’.

Father figure: She said 'It took some time but he proved himself in all the possible ways and Mila absolutely adores him!'

Father figure: She said ‘It took some time but he proved himself in all the possible ways and Mila absolutely adores him!’

Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022 in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War, which began in 2014. Resulting in tens of thousands of deaths on both sides and causing  Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II.

Nadiya continued:’Obviously she goes to a Ukrainian school on Saturday so they do explain some things there’. 

‘It’s quite difficult but we’re doing everything we can, we try to help people here – Ukrainians with some clothes or anything we have. So it is tough.’ 

Candid: She also revealed that she had been 'explaining as much as she can' to her daughter about war in her native Ukraine

Candid: She also revealed that she had been ‘explaining as much as she can’ to her daughter about war in her native Ukraine

Honesty: She said: 'I'm trying to explain as much as I can for a six year old. My mum flew on Christmas Eve back to Ukraine, to look after my grandma'.

Honesty: She said: ‘I’m trying to explain as much as I can for a six year old. My mum flew on Christmas Eve back to Ukraine, to look after my grandma’.

Adding: ‘It’s been going on for quite a while for my family and the part of Ukraine where I’m from. I don’t talk much about it but yeah, you just have to deal with it.’ 

Speaking bout the couple’s relationship on and off the dance floor Kai told the panel: ‘When we dance together, it just works’. 

‘It’s not often that you get that and I can honestly say, it’s the best person I’ve ever danced with… not because she’s sat here and she’s my girlfriend…’

LOL: Realising what he'd said to his former celebrity dance partner, panellist Kaye Adams - who appeared on the last series of Strictly - Kai backtracked: 'Other than Kaye of course!

LOL: Realising what he’d said to his former celebrity dance partner, panellist Kaye Adams – who appeared on the last series of Strictly – Kai backtracked: ‘Other than Kaye of course!

Realising what he’d said to his former celebrity dance partner, panellist Kaye Adams – who appeared in the last series of Strictly – Kai backtracked: ‘Other than Kaye of course!’

Laughing: ‘Sorry Kaye… You know when you say something and you realise ‘damn!’.’

Nadiya added: ‘It felt perfect as professional dancers and then you realise how amazing Kai is.’ 

Beaming: The couple appeared in great spirits as they made their appearance on the show

Beaming: The couple appeared in great spirits as they made their appearance on the show

Smart: Both looked smart in suits with Nadiya in a chic tan and Kai in grey

Smart: Both looked smart in suits with Nadiya in a chic tan and Kai in grey 

The professional dancer confirmed the couple’s romance in April 2022 after dating for a ‘couple of months’. 

Speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine, she said: ‘We’ve been seeing each other properly for a couple of months now.

‘It’s early days and we’ve been rehearsing for the Strictly Professionals tour, so there’s been very little free time.

‘But we’re getting to know more and more about each other day by day. He’s kind and compassionate and makes me laugh. I feel very relaxed with him.’

Ex: The Strictly Come Dancing star shares daughter Mila with her ex-fiancé, footballer Matija Škarabot (pictured), who she split from in 2021

Ex: The Strictly Come Dancing star shares daughter Mila with her ex-fiancé, footballer Matija Škarabot (pictured), who she split from in 2021

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