Strictly’s Krstina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen engaged as dancer says ‘it was the biggest surprise of my life’


FORMER Strictly Come Dancing partners Krstina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen are engaged.

The pro dancer and former rugby player began dating in 2013 after meeting and falling in love on the BBC competition.

Dancer Kristina Rihanoff and ex rugby player Ben Cohen, pictured here last year, are engaged

They met on Strictly in 2013

They told Hello! magazine the romantic proposal came during a holiday on the paradise island resort of Soneva Fushi.

Ben said: “I wanted us to go further forward together and taking a holiday in such a beautiful place felt like the perfect moment to do that.

“Setting the scene had to be really special and with the help of members of staff at the resort, we achieved that. It was truly incredible and blew me away.”

“It was the biggest surprise of my life,” Kristina added.

“Although we’d talked before about getting married one day, I hadn’t the slightest idea that Ben was planning this. I was overcome with emotion and said: ‘Yes, yes and yes’ straight away.”

The couple got together on Strictly in 2013, months after Kristina split from Joe Calzaghe.

She again grew close to one of her partners – this time rugby star Ben, despite him being married to childhood sweetheart Abby, 42.

Both denied any romance, but Ben ended his 11-year marriage to the mother of his twin daughters Harriette and Isabelle, 13, the following year.

He got together with Kristina and divorced Abby in March 2016 – two months after the new couple welcomed their daughter Milena, five.

They now live in a swanky pad in Northampton.

Kristina previously said: “Ben’s said it many times and I’ll say it again – I wasn’t involved in the break-up of his marriage.”