Saturday 10 December 2016

Ben Cohen’s ex-wife on Kristina Rihanoff: 'If it wasn’t for her, we’d still be married'

Published 31/03/2016 | 10:10

Ben Cohen and Abby Cohen and (inset) Ben with Kristina Rihanoff
Ben Cohen and Abby Cohen and (inset) Ben with Kristina Rihanoff
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 Cohen with ex-wife Abby, partner Kristina Rihanoff and two daughters
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)
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)

Ben Cohen's estranged wife Abby has broken her silence on his romance with dancer Kristina Rihanoff.

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Abby Cohen was married to the former rugby player for 13 years and they have seven-year-old twins together. The former athlete met the 38-year-old dancer when they were partnered on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013. He split from his wife of 10 years Abby following the show.

"I'm Ben Cohen's ex-wife. If it wasn't for that woman me and Ben would still be married. But so what? I'm moving on," she is quoted as telling The Mirror. "I don't want to talk about being the ditched wife. Ben's getting on with his life. I wish him well with his new family."

Kristina is pregnant with their first child and she broke the news during her recent appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.

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 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)

At the time of the shock announcement, Abby told the paper: This news has come as a shock to us all."

It's said the pair came to a financial agreement while finalising their divorce and Abby will not be permitting her children to take part in any glossy photoshoots Kristina and Ben feature in - a lucrative moneymaker for a reality tv couple.

Ben Cohen with ex-wife Abby, partner Kristina Rihanoff and two daughters
Ben Cohen with ex-wife Abby, partner Kristina Rihanoff and two daughters
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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