20/11/2015 03:51 GMT | Updated 20/11/2015 06:59 GMT

'Strictly Come Dancing' Judge Len Goodman Admits He Didn't Approve Of Kristina Rihanoff And Ben Cohen's Relationship

Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Len Goodman has revealed that he does not approve of the romances that happen between the celebrity contestants and their partners on the show.


The star called out professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff for criticism over her relationship with Ben Cohen, which happened after they appeared on the show together in 2014.

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Len Goodman

Believing in traditional values, Len told The Mirror he doesn’t like couples getting too close, especially when they are already in relationships.

Talking about Kristina, he said: “First she went off with boxer Joe Calzaghe and he already had a long-term girlfriend. Now she’s with rugby player Ben Cohen who was married. Kristina’s still with him but I thought it was very unfortunate.

“I’m a traditionalist. And I don’t like it if one of the celebrities is already married or in a serious relationship.

“But what people get up to is their business. It’s not for me to impose my standards on them. It’s their lives, they must do what they want,” he added.

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Kristina Rihanoff

Kristina, who recently hinted she is ready to quit ‘Strictly’, previously hit out at claims she was a ‘homewrecker’ on Twitter.

Ranting about the reaction to her relationship with Ben, she wrote: “He left his wife a year ago. Recently we started dating but we’re allowed to see each other as two single people.

“I don’t know why I am always attacked. I am a hardworking, self-made person. I support five people in my family in Russia.

“It is such double standards.”

She also revealed that she was left feeling suicidal over abuse she received for dating her co-stars.

Writing in her autobiography, Kristina said: “I felt suicidal at that point in my life. I was having such dark thoughts — and I’m not a person who gives up easily.

“I know that I’m strong but the abuse... it just destroyed me emotionally. I couldn’t find a single positive thing to tell myself.”


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