Wednesday 19 December 2018

'It’s way in the past. We’ve dealt with it. We're a family' - Kristina Rhianoff opens up on relationship with Ben Cohen after Strictly

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff met on Strictly Come Dancing
Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff met on Strictly Come Dancing
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)
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Kristina Rhianoff has opened up about her relationship with rugby star Ben Cohen, who she met while partnered together on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013.

Cohen was married to Abby Blayney, with whom he has twin daughters, Isabelle and Harriette (10), for 10 years at the time but after the show ended so did their marriage.

The dance partners' relationship then turned romantic and Ben and Abby divorced before the birth of Ben and Russian-born dancer Kristina's daughter Milena in 2016.

The relationship was blamed on the 'Strictly curse' after several other celebrities' relationships broke down in the wake of appearing in the BBC One show. 

However, Kristina told the Daily Mail that relationships blossom on other reality shows too including Big Brother and I'm a Celebrity due to the intensity of the situation and the fact "you get to know another person quite quickly".

She described that time as "difficult" as their relationship was covered in the media, but she added, "It’s way in the past. We’ve dealt with it. We’re a family. We have a good future. Actually, in my mind it’s so past I don’t want to dig it out because it’s unfair on Ben to have it in the press."

Kristina (40) announced her surprise pregnancy on Celebrity Big Brother and reveals it was "shocking" news but now they are a family and Ben's twin daughters are "besotted" with their little sister.

The former Strictly star told the Mail, "I describe myself as their friend.  That's what I want to be" and of their mother, she added, "I can’t comment on that because I don’t want to bring another headache, saying something that can be portrayed the wrong way. 

"What I believe is, in life, you’ve got to make the best out of everything."

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