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Ben Cohen's ex: 'Kristina Rihanoff ended my marriage'

Ben Cohen's ex-wife Abby has revealed that if it wasn't for Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff, she would still be married to the sportsman.

Ben Cohen's ex-wife Abby has directly blamed Kristina Rihanoff for the end of her marriage.

Abby and Ben, who have two daughters together, separated in 2014. Shortly afterwards, Ben began a romantic relationship with his Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Kristina. He has always maintained there was no overlap.

Kristina is now pregnant with Ben's child, and Abby has revealed that if it wasn't for the 38-year-old Russian dancer, her marriage would never have crumbled.

"I'm Ben Cohen's ex-wife," the Daily Mirror quoted Abby as saying. "If it wasn't for that woman me and Ben would still be married. But so what? I'm moving on.

"I don't want to talk about being the ditched wife. Ben's getting on with his life. I wish him well with his new family."

Abby's quotes suggest her divorce from Ben has been finalised, more than a year after their split.

She did not refer to Kristina by name, but has been very vocal about her dislike for the dancer in the past.

"My husband, who I was with for 23 years, unconditionally loved and was completely loyal to in every respect, has left me for a f***ing Russian dancer," she told The Sun on Sunday newspaper last year (15).

"The last two years have been the most traumatic thing to ever happen to me. He's done the dirty on me. I want people to know. I don't want to cause stress or further damage by stirring things up. But I'm just trying to recover from what has been the most horrific time of my life."

Things took another turn for Abby when Kristina made the decision to announce her pregnancy during her time on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year (16) - the first time food stylist Abby had heard the news. Kristina later defended her pregnancy announcement by saying she had wanted to explain to her housemates the reasons for her absence from various tasks on the show.

However, Abby was apparently less than impressed by her method of revealing the pregnancy.

"Abby thought Kristina's announcement about her pregnancy was really tacky and a stunt for the show," a source told the Daily Mirror at the time. "She knows Kristina and Ben make a lot of money through photoshoots and other publicity and doesn't want her children being any part of that going forward."

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