Strictly’s Neil Jones opens up about plans for first Christmas as a dad to newborn Havana

Neil Jones has been opening up about his excitement to celebrate his first Christmas as a dad. 

The Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer and his former Love Island star fiancée, Chyna Mills, welcomed their first child into the world together, a baby girl named Havana, in October. 

As they prepare for their Christmas as parents, Neil has been sharing an insight into any festive plans they have as a family-of-three, while chatting about his fatherhood experience so far. 


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While speaking to OK!, Neil revealed, “I’m so looking forward to Christmas as a dad – it’ll be different, but I love it. I’ve always been family-oriented, so I’ll really enjoy it”.

“Our plans for Christmas aren’t sorted yet. Normally, I go abroad because my thing is to finish Strictly and then go on the tour in the new year – so if I don’t go away in between, I don’t have time”.

Jones went on to admit, “Chyna and I haven’t decided where we’ll go, but I think it’s the best time to take Havana away when she’s this small. They say to start them young!”.


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While discussing his and Chyna’s parenthood journey, Neil sweetly described his fiancée as a ‘natural mother’.

“Chyna has been brilliant. She’s such a natural mother and knows so much. If I’m ever not sure how we do something, she has the answers!”.

“Parenthood is tiring, but it’s exciting. I don’t get too much sleep – especially last night! Chyna had an early morning today, so I took the nighttime shift. But it’s worth every moment”.

The pro dancer then explained, “When I’m feeding her, I’ll just look at her and think, ‘How did I create you?’. I look at Chyna and I think, ‘Yeah, she’s Chyna’s daughter, that makes sense. But this girl is too pretty to be my daughter!’”.


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“I think she looks like Chyna, but Chyna thinks she looks like me – so we don’t know! She’s only a couple of months old, so it’s hard to say”.

Neil also shared how he and Chyna balance being parents with their hectic work schedules. 

“When it comes to fatherhood, I take it all on – I love it. Chyna and I take turns, so we try to do 50/50 through the night. But if one of us has a long day or an early start, we switch and let the other one get some sleep”.