Strictly Come Dancing star Ben Cohen’s ex wife Abby has confessed that she regrets calling Kristina Rihanoff “a f**king Russian dancer”.
The couple’s marriage fell apart after former rugby player Ben left her for his dancing partner Kristina after starring on the BBC show back in 2013.
The mother-of-two and the sportsman finalised their divorce in 2016.
At the time Abby lashed out at ballroom star Kristina, 43, calling her “f**king Russian dancer”.
But now the 42-year-old has had time to reflect and admits that she regrets losing her temper while suffering through heartbreak.
Abby 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.”
She went on: “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 also revealed that while Ben and Kristina live nearby, she hasn’t seen the dancer since the show despite the rugby star co-parenting their daughter, Harriette.
“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 said.
Abby admitted that she won’t be watching Strictly Come Dancing this year, but did confess she was worried the “curse” may strike again.
Strictly’s curse is almost as well-known as the show. The closeness between the dancers, their partners, and their children has often resulted in off-screen romances.
There’s already a long list of couples who had their relationship torn apart after appearing on the show.
Neil and Katya parted after Katya Jones was seen kissing Seann Walsh in a dance routine. Stacey Dooley moved on with Kevin Clifton.
And Dianne Buswell split from her boyfriend Anthony Quinlan before forming a romance with Joe Sugg, and Louise Redknapp’s marriage ended up “under strain” following her appearance on the show.
Abby acknowledged last year that her marital problems caused her to spend so many years grieving for Ben.
“My whole world fell apart when Ben made the decision to end our marriage. It’s like a bus has hit you. I was broken — completely broken,” She spoke out to the Daily Mail.
“One moment you’re a family unit, the next you not only lose your husband but your children when they’re with their dad.
“After accepting that I couldn’t control things, I felt better.”
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