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Ben Cohen's ex-wife Abby says Kristina Rihanoff's CBB pregnancy announcement came 'as a shock to us all'

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff in Strictly Come Dancing (centre) and (left) Kristina tells her Celebrity Big Brother housemates she's pregnant, (right) Ben Cohen with ex-wife Abby
Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff in Strictly Come Dancing (centre) and (left) Kristina tells her Celebrity Big Brother housemates she's pregnant, (right) Ben Cohen with ex-wife Abby
Ben and Abby Cohen during the International Rugby Board Awards at Wharf 8 November 23, 2003 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Dave Rogers/Getty Images)
Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen attend the launch photocall for the Strictly Come Dancing live tour 2014 at NIA Arena on January 16, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Steve Thorne/Getty Images)
Kristina Rihanoff announces her pregnancy on Celebrity Big Brother. Picture: Channel 5
Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff attend the Downing Street Christmas Party at 10 Downing Street on December 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Ben Cohen's ex-wife Abby has described hearing Kristina Rihanoff's pregnancy news as a "shock to us all."

The rugby player (37) met the 38-year-old dancer when they were partnered on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013. Cohen split from his wife of 10 years Abby following the show.

Abby, who has seven-year-old twin daughters with the athlete, told The Mirror: "This news has come as a shock to us all. Please respect mine and my children’s privacy at this time."

On Thursday night, Kristina, who is up for eviction in the Celebrity Big Brother house, revealed to her housemates that she is three months pregnant with Cohen's child.

Kristina Rihanoff announces her pregnancy on Celebrity Big Brother. Picture: Channel 5
Kristina Rihanoff announces her pregnancy on Celebrity Big Brother. Picture: Channel 5

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"There was something that happened in my life before I came into the house over Christmas," she tearfully told her housemates.

"And obviously I thought it's very private news, you know but because we are living as one family now and everybody is sort of supporting one another now.

"It happened to be that I found that my boyfriend and I are going to have a little one."

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff attend the Downing Street Christmas Party at 10 Downing Street on December 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff attend the Downing Street Christmas Party at 10 Downing Street on December 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

"Well I found over Christmas. Thank you guys, I just didn't know how to break it, what to say, when to say, it played on my mind and I wanted everyone to hear," she added.

A spokesperson for the dancer said: "Kristina and Ben were surprised and delighted to find out that she was pregnant shortly before she entered the Big Brother house. She is well and looking forward to being a mum."

Ben and Abby Cohen during the International Rugby Board Awards at Wharf 8 November 23, 2003 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Dave Rogers/Getty Images)
Ben and Abby Cohen during the International Rugby Board Awards at Wharf 8 November 23, 2003 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Dave Rogers/Getty Images)

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