Thursday 27 April 2017

Kristina Rihanoff on welcoming newborn with Ben Cohen: 'It was an accidental pregnancy'

(L-R) Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff arrive for the European premiere of 'Eddie The Eagle' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
(L-R) Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff arrive for the European premiere of 'Eddie The Eagle' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/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)
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 and Kristina Rihanoff performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
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)
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)
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Dancer Kristina Rihanoff gushed over the baby daughter Milena (five months) and revealed it was an "accidental pregnancy".

The 39-year-old reality star, who shot to fame on Strictly Come Dancing, welcomed the new arrival with boyfriend Ben Cohen (38) - whom she met when they were partnered together on the show in 2013.

While appearing on Lorraine today, the 'Siberian Siren' praised the retired rugby star as a father.

"It was an accidental pregnancy, but it changed my life for the better.

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)

"Milena is a great baby. She is the spitting image of Ben. There is nothing of me," she said.

"He is an amazing dad and they have a special bond. It changed our relationship as I see him with her and loving her to bits. It's wonderful."

Cohen ended his 10-year marriage to ex-wife Abby after Strictly finished and they have eight-year-old twins together. Kristina says they are striving towards creating a happy blended family environment for their children.

When asked about the negativity surrounding their relationship in its early days, she said they "definitely" could have torn them apart, but she said having a child has strengthened their romance even more.

"But if you have true feelings for one another, then it's meant to be. A baby changes you. Everything else becomes secondary and insignificant."

Kristina is also rumoured to be choreographing the upcoming X Factor live tour.

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)

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