Wednesday 25 April 2018

Rachel Riley: I don’t feel I have to get married

The maths whizz said she would never have “dreamt in a million years I would go out with a ballroom dancer from Russia”.

Rachel Riley (Ian West/PA)
Rachel Riley (Ian West/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Countdown star Rachel Riley says she is in no rush to walk down the aisle again.

Riley’s marriage to Jamie Gilbert ended just over a year after they wed and shortly after she competed on Strictly Come Dancing.

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Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev arriving at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards (Ian West/PA)

She later embarked on a relationship with her Strictly dance partner Pasha Kovalev and the pair are still together.

The TV host, 31, told the Daily Express: “I am in love now. I don’t feel I have to get married. I don’t think I need that pressure any more. And I am perfectly happy.”

She said of her relationship: “I would have never dreamt in a million years I would go out with a ballroom dancer from Russia.

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Rachel Riley on the red carpet (Ian West/PA)

“I have got a good relationship. I don’t worry about getting married or whether he is taking a long time in the morning or whether he has done the dishes. That does not really bother me in the long term. I feel settled.”

She has previously dismissed talk of the so-called “Strictly curse” of relationships ending, but said that the show is a “magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines”.

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