They first met in 2013 when they were partnered together on BBC show, Strictly Come Dancing. Now, despite a rollercoaster year, Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen are happily settled with baby Mila – and they’re talking marriage!
Despite the rocky start to their relationship, with Ben going through a difficult and heartbreaking divorce from his childhood sweetheart Abby, Kristina announcing her shock pregnancy live on Celebrity Big Brother, and Ben facing a sex tape scandal a couple of months ago, the pair now seem stronger than ever.
They had their first child together, Milena, in July 2016. Baby ‘Mila’ as they fondly call her, has completely changed their lives – but for the better.
“Having a baby later on in life, we were both very set in our ways” rugby star Ben, Hello! Magazine. “So it has been a big change for both of us.”
‘”It’s a different life and I wouldn’t want to swap it” Kristina, 39, told the magazine. “When I wake up in the morning and Mila is smiling at me, it’s just the best feeling in the world.”
Although the professional dancer is enjoying the “incredible” experience of motherhood, she is also keen to return to work and get her dancing shoes back on.
“It’s not unusual for dancers to leave it a little later to have babies because you can’t work on a show like Strictly and have a baby. It’s very, very demanding” the dancer said.
Despite being “very tired”, Kristina admitted to Lorraine Kelly that she, “can’t wait to start rehearsals” again.
After their whirlwind year, and what with a new baby and professional commitments calling, the pair are putting off marriage for now.
“‘With a baby, it’s not something we’ve got time to think about at the moment” Kristina admitted to Hello!
Ben, who was married to former wife Abby for 13 years added, “I imagine we will get married at some point.”
Kristina also revealed that she wants to look and feel her best when she walks down the aisle. So, for now, she’s not ready to say ‘I do’. “I want to be in better shape on my wedding day than I am now.”