Ben Cohen has been pictured looking cosy with former Strictly dance partner Kristina Rihanoff...

Oh no! It looks like the curse of Strictly Come Dancing could have struck again as Ben Cohen has been pictured looking cosy with his former dance partner Kristina Rihanoff.

We’re hoping it’s not a case of another one bites the dust as the rugby hunk was snapped unawares with his arm around Kristina as they took a trip on the Underground in London in June – six months after the show ended.

It doesn’t help matters that Ben was pictured without his wedding ring as he attended a London Fashion Week Party recently, but was later seen with the ring back on.

Anyway, back to the picture…

Passengers on the tube train saw the former England rugby star slip his arm around the Russian dancer as they chatted away. It was about 9pm at night and Kristina, 36, had attended a function at the House of Commons earlier that evening.

It comes as such as shock as doting Dad-of-two Ben, 35, has been married to wife Abby for 11 years! He partnered Kristina on last year’s Strictly Come Dancing until they lost in the ninth week after dancing the Charleston.

However, the candid moment of them together shows they have remained close.

Ben‘s wife Abby has denied he is more than friends with Kristina, saying, ‘Of course it’s rubbish. Of course it’s wrong. I’ve been with him since I was 16.’ And Ben‘s spokeswoman said, ‘Ben does not comment on his personal life.’

The curse of Strictly struck ex contestant and Countdown star Rachel Riley who split from her millionaire husband after just 16 months of marriage.

She is now (shock!) dating her ex-dance partner Pasha Kovalev and they made their first appearance as a couple at London Fashion Week.

And there’s even marriage drama. Before this year’s show has even started, contestant Sunetra Sarker has reportedly split from her husband and is dating her business partner.

The Casualty actress, 41, split up with Nick Corfield after 10 years of marriage last year, and is now in a relationship with Scott Carey.

Sunetra shared a tweet about her new beau on Twitter saying: ‘After the madness of last night – a calm sunny day in London with Scott #happybirthdayboyfriend xxx’.

Oo-er! We’re wondering if there are going to be any Strictly hook-ups this year, especially with the sizzling chemistry between Thom Evans and his partner Iveta Lukosiute.

Watch this space!

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