‘I’m sorry about that’: Ben Cohen’s ex-wife Abby reveals regrets about branding Kristina Rihanoff Strictly’s ‘king Russian dancer’ after rugby star left her for a bombshell, but admits BBC show ‘me did a favor’
Abby Cohen has shared her regrets over Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff’s branding ‘af**king Russian dancer’.
Abby, 42, made the comment in 2015, less than a year after her ex-husband Ben, 43, left her for Strictly’s Kristina, also 43, after she teamed up with the blonde bombshell during his 2013 stint on the BBC ballroom show.
In a new interview, Abby – who shares 13-year-old twin daughters with Ben – shared her regrets while admitting that despite Strictly breaking up their marriage, she feels afterwards that the show did her a favour.
Remorse: Abby Cohen, 42, has shared her regret over Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff’s branding of ‘s**king Russian dancer’
Previous comment: Abby made the comment in 2015, less than a year after her ex-husband Ben, 43, left her for Strictly’s Kristina, also 43
Abby told new ones! storee: ‘At the time of the breakup, when I was extremely stressed, I once angrily referred to Ben’s partner as a ‘f***ing Russian dancer’ to a journalist who was harassing me. I regret that now.’
During a speech in 2015, Abby noted: The sun: ‘My husband, whom I had been with for 23 years, loved unconditionally and was utterly loyal in every way, left me to fuck the Russian dancer.
“The past two years have been the most traumatic that has ever happened to me. He did the dirty on me. I want people to know.’
Be open to new! about her marriage ‘falling apart’ before her very eyes, Abby – who fell in love with Ben after meeting him at age 16 – explained: ‘I was in the [Strictly] the studio audience laughs every week, but looking back, I can see I was terrified.’
Ex: Abby was married for 11 years to the rugby player who became Strictly a contestant (pictured in 2014 – the year they broke up)
Long ago: Abbey photographed with her ex-husband Ben when they were childhood sweethearts just 17 years old
Emotional: Abby admitted she won’t be watching Strictly this year because “even the music evokes too many feelings” (Ben and Kristina pictured in 2013)
She added: “Luckily I don’t recognize that scared woman now, I’m so different. Maybe Strict did me a favor in the long run.’
While she admitted she won’t be watching Strictly this year because “even the music evokes too many feelings,” Abby also emphasized that Ben was “and still is a fantastic hands-on dad.”
Abby revealed that the news that Ben and Kristina were expecting a child of their own felt “like a dagger” when it broke in 2016, boldly adding that “she couldn’t imagine going through this hell,” but insisted.” if I can, anyone can’.
She also shared that she was unable to eat, sleep or “get out of bed” when her and Ben’s marriage ended and she suffered two mental breakdowns.
Looking to the future, Abby — who has since found love with her partner Dave — said she’s ready for her next chapter.
Optimistic: Looking to the future, Abby – who has since found love with her partner Dave (pictured) – said she’s ready for her next chapter