Ben Cohen’s ex wife Abby has revealed her regret at calling Kristina Rihanoff "a f***ing Russian dancer".

The mother-of-two and former rugby player Ben split up after the sports star left her for his Strictly Come Dancing partner Kristina Rihanoff.

Ben, 43, was paired with the now-44-year-old dancer in 2013's series of the hit dance contest and the duo hit it off off-screen even though he was married.

The sparks eventually led the sportsman to leave his the woman he married in 2003, with the pair's divorce becoming official in 2016.

Abby, who shares daughter Harriette with Ben, told New magazine : "At the time of the break-up, when hugely stressed, I once angrily referred to Ben's partner as a 'f***ing Russian dancer' to a journalist hassling me. I regret that now."

Ben and Kristina grew close while paired up on Strictly Come Dancing (

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She continued: "I'm happier in my own skin and I'm not that broken girl who used to be married to a famous rugby player."

Abby admitted that although her former husband and Kristina live locally and Ben co-parents, she hasn't seen the dancer since the show.

"When we hand over the kids I sometimes see a little of the old Ben and it makes me feel sad, but I breathe deeply and get on with my day," she added.

With the new series of the contest starting at weekend to record low viewing numbers, Abby confesses that she too won't be tuning in.

She did however say she feared that the Strictly "curse" would strike again this year.

The "curse" has seen several celebs hook up with their professional dance partners with a number of relationships ending because of it - including Abby and Ben's.

Others to have succumbed to the horror "curse" include Neil and Katya Jones who split after she was spotted kissing her dance partner Seann Walsh.

Stacey Dooley also parted company with her then-boyfriend to be with dancer Kevin Clifton.

Ben and Abby Cohen separated after the sports star's appearance on Strictly (

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This year's series has already started with chaos after it was reported that several of the pro dancers had refused to have the Covid vaccination.

It's said that three of the dancers are believed to be unvaccinated, with their celeb partners unhappy at the revelation.

Last Friday, ahead of Strictly launching on Saturday evening, it was claimed that the show's bosses are worried about a potential outbreak ruining the show.

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