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Rachel Riley: I don’t feel I have to get married

The maths whizz said she would never have “dreamt in a million years I would go out with a ballroom dancer from Russia”.

Countdown star Rachel Riley says she is in no rush to walk down the aisle again.

Riley’s marriage to Jamie Gilbert ended just over a year after they wed and shortly after she competed on Strictly Come Dancing.

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Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev arriving at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards (Ian West/PA)

She later embarked on a relationship with her Strictly dance partner Pasha Kovalev and the pair are still together.

The TV host, 31, told the Daily Express: “I am in love now. I don’t feel I have to get married. I don’t think I need that pressure any more. And I am perfectly happy.”

She said of her relationship: “I would have never dreamt in a million years I would go out with a ballroom dancer from Russia.

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Rachel Riley on the red carpet (Ian West/PA)

“I have got a good relationship. I don’t worry about getting married or whether he is taking a long time in the morning or whether he has done the dishes. That does not really bother me in the long term. I feel settled.”

She has previously dismissed talk of the so-called “Strictly curse” of relationships ending, but said that the show is a “magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines”.

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