09/08/2017 12:43 BST

Rachel Riley Has A Surprising Take On The 'Strictly Come Dancing' Curse

She met partner Pasha Kovalev on the show in 2013.

Rachel Riley has claimed she doesn’t believe the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ curse actually exists, despite falling victim to it while on the show.

The so-called curse refers to the fact many contestants have broken up with long-term partners either during or shortly after their time on the BBC ballroom competition - something which happened to Rachel when she appeared back in 2013.

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Rachel Riley

After splitting from husband and university sweetheart Jamie Gilbert, Rachel went on to date former dance partner Pasha Kovalev, but is insistent the show isn’t responsible for the situation.

Speaking to the Daily Express, she said: “I don’t think there’s a ‘Strictly’ curse, but it does serve as a magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines.”

Rachel went on to reveal she has even gone on to forge a good friendship with her ex-husband, despite her and Pasha’s relationship. 

“I met him at university and our relationship ended. We just became good friends. We are still good friends,” she said. “You have to find the right person. It is better to find the right person than stay with the wrong person.”

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Rachel met Pasha on 'Strictly' in 2013
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