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Strictly couple Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen reveal joy over baby Milena

Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen's baby daughter Milena arrived after almost 20 hours of labour.

Strictly Come Dancing couple Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen have revealed their new daughter's name is Milena.

The loved up pair met when the rugby star, 37, was assigned Kristina, 38, as his professional dance partner on the 2013 series of the BBC TV dance contest.

And they became new parents last month (Jun16) when the Russian born dancer gave birth to a baby girl.

In an interview with Britain's Hello! magazine they revealed they have chosen the Slavic name Milena for their daughter, or Mila for short.

"Mila has changed the dynamic – another little human in our lives," says Ben. "She is our creation and that is amazing."

He adds, "Kristina is a natural mum. It was very emotional and it gives you even more respect – it's nature at its best. I'm proud of Kristina, proud of Mila and proud to be a dad again."

Ben also has twin daughters with ex-wife Abby Blayney. Their divorce being finalised earlier this year (16).

Their love-split proved acrimonious as Abby hit out out the sports star for leaving her and embarking on a romance with his dance partner.

Kristina says she and Ben are now settled and secure in their relationship, one year after going public with their controversial romance.

"It's the feeling of being settled," she explains. "I'm in a happy place. I feel a sense of security with Ben being next to me."

And she says Ben's presence was vital in helping her through a difficult 19-and-a-half-hour labour.

"There comes a point when it (giving birth) is not happening and you do worry," she reveals. "I was squeezing his (Ben) hand so hard that I thought I might break it.

"I can't even begin to describe the pain, but it's an incredibly proud moment when you see your baby for the first time. It's an incredible feeling of love."

Milena's difficult birth was caused by the umbilical cord wrapping itself around her neck, a complication which left Ben worried for his partner and baby, saying, "Every time Kristina pushed, the cord was pulling the baby back."

He adds, "Kristina was amazing and I'm so very proud."

In January this year (16) Kristina revealed she was quitting the BBC dance contest, the same month she entered the Celebrity Big Brother house, where she publicly revealed she and Ben were expecting.

Her departure from Strictly came after she penned a tell-all book about her seven years as a dancer on the series.

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