Rylan ditches wedding ring and marital surname on Strictly: It Takes Two return

Rylan ditches wedding ring and marital surname on Strictly: It Takes Two return

September 28, 2021

Rylan made a long awaited return to Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on Monday night, and ditched both his wedding ring and marital surname in the process. 

The presenter made his comeback on the BBC series after the first weekend of competition began, after reportedly preparing to divorce husband Dan Clark-Neal after their marriage of six years broke down.

The 32-year-old was seen without his wedding band on the show and listed in the credits as Rylan, rather than Rylan Clark-Neal.

He was joined by new co-host Janette Manrara as well as former pro Kevin Clifton. This year’s competitors Johannes Radebe and John Whaite, AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington, and Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell also appeared.

Rylan made sure to send his love to Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden as they isolate following positive Covid tests too.

It comes after a tough year for the presenter in the wake of the split which prompted him to take time away from the spotlight. 


Announcing that he and Dan had gone their separate ways in July, Rylan said: ‘We are currently prioritising our mental health and looking after the ones around us we love most.’

‘I am working towards getting back to the jobs I love in due course,’ he continued.

He took an extended break from his radio programme and dropped out of covering the Eurovision semi-finals this year.

He made a return to social media after months in early September, cheekily asking: ‘So…What did I miss?’.

The It Takes Two presenter has also resumed his BBC Radio 2 programme and fronted The One Show alongside Ronan Keating.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Rylan’s representatives for comment.

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two is available to stream on the BBC iPlayer

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