STRICTLY star Adam Peaty has lashed out as rumours swirl about his near-kiss with Katya Jones.

The Olympic swimmer, 26, warned there are "real life consequences" after the awkward moment on last night's live show.

Shocked viewers spotted Adam appear to "lean in" for a peck with his dance partner after their passionate Argentine Tango.

Sharing footage of his performance on Twitter, Adam said: "My favourite dance so far. Thank you to everyone who has sent supporting messages! I loved it.

"To everyone who wants to see what they want, your comments have real life consequences.

"I will not be overcome or lowered by your gossip. Protect your energy."

He – who is in a relationship with artist Eirianedd Munro – also posted a cryptic Instagram message about "real ones".

The dad-of-one wrote to his 570k followers on his Instagram Story : "You soon realise who the real ones are."

His girlfriend Eirianedd, 23, also addressed the situation on social media.

Just hours before their dance, Adam's girlfriend Eiri – who he shares 13-month-old George-Anderson with – had insisted she's "not worried" in a cryptic Instagram post.

But after their saucy performance she had a change of heart.

The artist uploaded a video to TikTok of herself pretending to cry which said: "watching your boyfriend almost kiss another woman live on TV".

She later added: "Finding out 10 million people also watched it live".

The Welsh lass also retweeted a Strictly fan who'd shared a photo of an unimpressed woman and written: "Adam's girlfriend when he gets home."

Recently Olympian Adam admitted he understands why couples are rocked by the show's famous curse.

Demonstrating a saucy manoeuvre during an interview with The Times, he said: “My hips are here, hers are here, and then we do this… You get close. I can see how it happens."

Earlier this week, Adam had admitted that Eiri had been left unimpressed after he missed his son's first birthday due to the show.

He confessed: "It didn't go down too well but that's the difficult thing when you do this, everyone has to understand."

The pair started dating at the beginning of last year after meeting at Loughborough University.

They welcomed their son George-Anderson into the world in September 2020.

Katya was married to Strictly pro Neil Jones, but their relationship ended after she was pictured kissing her celebrity partner Seann Walsh in 2018.

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