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The professional dancer has slammed his ex-colleague for announcing her pregnancy on the Channel 5 reality series, finding it peculiar given that she values her privacy.
Speaking to new! magazine, James said: “I like Kristina a lot but sometimes she doesn’t think before she acts.
"When someone says in interviews, ‘I don’t want the invasion of my privacy’ - well why did you go on ‘Big Brother’ then? So she contradicts herself. Then she goes on and announces her pregnancy.”
He continues: “That wasn’t right for Ben Cohen’s children and ex-wife to hear. I don’t know his ex, but the feedback I got on Twitter was that 99 per cent of people agree with me.
“There was a reason she said it… She’s clever but it was an insensitive move.”
Kristina’s fellow ‘CBB’ housemate Nancy Dell’Olio previously made a similar point to James, saying that her announcement was not “good taste”.
“I didn’t like it. I was shocked, that she was making this announcement and taking this opportunity. I mean, it was a lack of good taste,” she said on ‘Good Morning Britain’.
Perhaps she was doing something to gain back some reputation. I found it completely…”
Ben Cohen’s estranged wife, Abby, has also hit out at the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ pro, claiming she’d had no prior warning about the news before it was revealed on TV.
She told The Mirror at the time: “This news has come as a shock to us all. Please respect mine and my children’s privacy at this time.”
Abby and Ben were married for 11 years, and had two daughters together. They announced their split in September 2014.
Shortly afterwards, Kristina and Ben went public with their relationship, having been paired together during his time as a contestant on ‘Strictly’.