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20/09/2015 07:11 BST | Updated 20/09/2015 07:59 BST

‘Strictly Come Dancing' Pro Kristina Rihanoff Defends Her Relationship With Ben Cohen Ahead Of Tell-All Book Release

Kristina Rihanoff has spoken out about her relationship with Ben Cohen again, defending their coupling following reports that she’s moved into the home he previously shared with his now ex-wife Abby.

Despite the fact they maintain that their relationship did not develop while Ben was married, the couple have come under fire from critics, following a revealing interview from Abby, who disputes the duo's claim.

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Ben and Kristina have both stated that they did not get together while on 'Strictly'

Now, 'Strictly Come Dancing' pro Kristina has once again addressed her critics, ahead of the release of a tell-all autobiography.

Speaking to The Sun, she reveals the devastating effect of online trolls, who bombarded her with messages when Ben and Abby split.

“It was deeply upsetting and for a while I was in a dark place,” she tells the paper. “Ben’s said it many times and I’ll say it again — I wasn’t involved in the breaking up of his marriage.

“Lots of relationships start because you’re attracted to someone. It’s all happy fireworks and then the core dissolves and it fizzles out. But we have a strong core.

“He doesn’t see me as a dancer kicking my legs on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, he sees the real me.

“I like that he is a strong person who is supportive towards me and what I do. I’ve never had that level of support before.”

The dancer’s comments contradicts Abby’s. Speaking of her marriage split, Ben’s former wife recently stated: "The last two years have been the most traumatic thing to ever happen to me. He's done the dirty on me. I want people to know."

Kristina is now getting ready to step onto the ‘Strictly’ dancefloor again, and for the 2015 series she’s been paired with Daniel O’Donnell.

Sadly for Kristina, bookies are predicting that the Irish singer won’t last long in the competition, and he’s one of the favourites to make an early exit.

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