They were rumoured to be more than just dance partners.
And now it has been confirmed that Countdown’s Rachel Riley and Strictly Come Dancing professional Pasha Kovalev are in fact in a relationship.
When asked by The Sun newspaper if the rumours that they have been romantically involved since early summer were true, the 34-year-old dancer said: “That’s what happened.”
However, Pasha decided to keep tight lipped about any other details of his and the 28-year-old presenter’s romantic entanglement, adding: “I don’t want to make any personal comment. I would like people to focus on the show. It’s going to be brilliant.”
Kudos on getting in a bit of promo for Strictly, Pash.
Last year, Rachel and Pasha got tongues wagging after it seemed like there was more between than fancy footwork.
A show insider revealed: ‘Pasha and Rachel always had a natural chemistry. You could see that they had a soft spot for each other when they were on the show.”
“When Rachel separated from her husband we suspected something would happen between the two of them and it was always a case of when, not if.”
Rachel separated from her husband of 16-months, Jamie Gilbert, shortly after leaving the show, with the TV blonde insisting that the marriage’s breakdown didn’t involve any wrong doing from either party.
She previously told the Telegraph: “It’s tough on a relationship because it’s so full-on and all-absorbing yet it’s something your real-life partner can’t be a part of. 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 Riley and husband Jamie Gilbert split after 16 months]
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