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'Strictly Come Dancing': Kristina Rihanoff Blasts 'Curse' As 'B******s'

She reckons a 'Strictly' relationship is no different to an office romance.

17/11/2016 09:06

Kristina Rihanoff has had her say on the so-called ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ curse, branding the whole idea of it “bollocks”.

The former ‘Strictly’ pro is currently engaged to rugby star Ben Cohen, who she was partnered with on the show, when he was still married to his ex-wife.

But while Ben and Kristina are frequently mentioned in relation to the ‘Strictly’ curse, she’s dismissed the idea of it outright insisting that a ‘Strictly’ romance is no different to any other kind of workplace relationship.

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Kristina Rihanoff

In an interview on ‘Big Brother’ runner-up Andy West’s YouTube channel, she said: “It is bollocks, because the thing is, life happens. And it happens everywhere, it’s just the difference is, that we watch the show and we watch these stories happening in front of our eyes on TV.

“But if you take any office, there are people who fall in love, who are divorcing, who are meeting at work - so what?”

When he then asked if that meant she’d also “tried it on” with former ‘Strictly’ partner John Sergeant, she jokingly answered: “Of course I did, yeah!”

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Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff

The ‘Strictly’ “curse” first began to be mentioned in the media when it was noted that several celebrity contestants’ long-term relationships have broken down either during or after their appearances on the show.

Among those are ‘Good Morning Britain’ presenter Susanna Reid, ‘Countdown’ star Rachel Riley and former ‘Coronation Street’ actress Georgia May Foote, who broke up with her boyfriend during her time on ‘Strictly’ last year, and later began dating her partner, Giovanni Pernice.

Of this year’s contestants, Daisy Lowe recently revealed that her hectic ‘Strictly’ schedule had led to the end of her own relationship, admitting that balancing having a boyfriend and being on the show wound up being “impossible”.

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