Kristina Rihanoff dismisses Strictly “curse”

Dancer says it's like believing in "aliens and fairies"

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Kristina Rihanoff has rubbished the Strictly “curse” — despite having relationships with two previously attached celebrity partners.

The former pro-dancer on the show has a two-year-old baby girl with rugby player Ben Cohen after the pair got together following the 2013 series.

Ben, 40, separated from wife Abby Blayney, although a spokesman insisted there was “no third-party involved”.

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It was the second time Kristina, 41, had become romantically involved with one of her Strictly Come Dancing partners.

She dated Joe Calzaghe for four years after the boxer split with girlfriend J0-Emma Larvin.

But on today’s Lorraine, the ballroom star insisted the so-called curse was no more real than “aliens and fairies”.

She doesn’t believe in the curse (Credit: ITV)

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She said on the ITV show: “Of course, people talk about it all the time.

“People believe in various things like aliens and fairies, and maybe some people believe in the Strictly curse.

“All I can say is, people meet at work. It’s not an unusual situation.

“Dancers, we live and breathe the show, that’s what we do all year round. We don’t go anywhere else, we don’t meet anywhere else.

“So I suppose that’s why it’s always on everybody’s lips, because we do meet people on the show and that’s where relationships happen usually.”

Lorraine quizzed the pro-dancer on the curse (Credit: ITV)

Despite the mum-of-one’s denial of the curse, it appeared to strike again this series when comedian Seann Walsh was caught kissing dance partner Katya Jones, who is married to fellow Strictly pro Neil Jones.

Kristina told Lorraine: “I used to work with Neil and Katya on the show before she became a professional, and she’s an incredible dancer, in my eyes, the best dancer and choreographer on the show.”

“They both said it was a mistake. It was a bit out of character for Katya, but they’re a solid couple and will pull through it.

Kristina chats to Lorraine Kelly today (Credit: ITV)

“I suppose if you have any cracks in a relationship, they probably will be more visual and apparent to people.”

Strictly Come Dancing’s annual Blackpool special is on BBC1 tomorrow night.

* Lorraine is on ITV at 8.30am weekdays.

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