Viewers were let in shock when the dreaded ‘Curse of Strictly‘ hit squeaky clean Rachel Riley last year, announcing the end of her marriage just weeks after the series finished.
But now the Countdown star has opened up about her romance with former dance partner Pasha Kovalev, claiming that NOTHING happened between them while they were actually on the show.
Anyone else getting flashbacks to a certain Brad and Ange?!
After months of staying tight-lipped, the 28-year-old has opened up about the pretty darn controversial relationship, which started not long after her marriage split…
…BUT WHICH WAS TOTALLY PLATONIC UP UNTIL THEN, OKAY?!
Rachel told The Sun: “On Strictly you form a close bond with your partner but there was nothing romantic when Pasha and I were dancing.”
We believe you, Rach.
She added: “Pasha and I are dating, we’re having lots of fun.”
The 34-year-old Russian dancer is currently paired with Caroline Flack on this year’s show, but Rachel isn’t remotely worried about the ‘curse’, yeah?!
She told the paper: “I’m not jealous and he’s not, it’s just dancing, I see him in the evenings.”
The star announced that she was splitting from Jamie Gilbert, her husband of just 16 months, in November last year amid rumours of a fling with Pasha.
At the time, as show insider said: “When she [Rachel] was on the show there were long periods when she did not see her husband. She was pictured without her Wedding ring but it was because she was in training.
“Pasha was always very complimentary to Rachel – she said he made her feel like a sexy woman.”
We’d keep a close eye on him if we were you, Rachel – that curse works in VERY mysterious ways!
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