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Who is Nadiya Bychkova's ex-boyfriend Matija Škarabot?

STRICTLY dancer Nadiya Bychkova was partnered with newsreader Dan Walker for the 19th seires, but was eliminated in week 11.

But when she's not on the dance floor, the Strictly choreographer previously shared a life with her long-term partner Matija Škarabot. Here's what you need to know about him.

Who is Matija Škarabot?

Football enthusiasts may be familiar with Matija.

While Nadiya is an iconic face on Strictly Come Dancing, ever since she joined the show in 2017, Matija is famous professional footballer.

Born on February 4, 1988, he hails from Nova Gorica in Slovenia.

Matija made his first appearance on the field in 2009, while playing for Slovenia U21, the national under-21 team, during a friendly match against Romania U21.

He then went on to play for the Slovenia national football team in October, 2010, for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches.

Matija has since played for other teams in both Croatia and Slovenia, in the likes of Rijeka, Olimpija Ljubljana and Gorica.

Since 2019, he plays as a left back for Slovenian football club Primorje.

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Do Matija Škarabot and Nadiya Bychkova have kids?

Although neither of them share much about her – her name is unknown to this day – Nadiya and Matija welcomed a daughter in 2016.

In March, 2018, Nadiya posted a simple snap to celebrate the International Women's Rights day on her Instagram profile.

The dancer could be seen leaning towards her daughter, who then had her back turned to the camera, to give her a kiss on the forehead.

In June, 2020, the engaged couple celebrated their daughter's fourth birthday with another adorable Instagram post.

"Happy birthday to our precious daughter", the caption read, "you give us a thousand reasons to smile every day… always remember how much you are loved."

Since becoming a mother, Nadiya has frequently shared her love for her daughter on social media while making sure her name and face remained a secret.

When did they break up?

A source told MailOnline that Nadiya realised her long-distance relationship with Matija wasn't working and, while they continue to co-parent their daughter, they are no longer a couple. 

An insider revealed: "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."

Due to performing on Strictly and then the Live Tour it takes up half the year which made it difficult for their relationship to work.

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

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