Days after he's seen out with Strictly dancer Kristina Rihanoff, Ben Cohen seperates from wife Abby - but says no third party is involved...

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Oh no! It looks like the curse of Strictly Come Dancing could have struck again as Ben Cohen, 35, has split from his wife of 11 years, Abby.

In a statement the couple say:
Ben and Abby Cohen have agreed to take time apart to deal with some marital issues but remain fully committed to the welfare of their children. There is no third party involved, and Ben and Abby now ask that their privacy and that of their family be respected at this difficult time.’

The couple have twin daughters, Harriette and Isabelle.

The announcement takes place just days after photos of Ben looking cosy with his former dance partner Kristina Rihanoff appeared in a paper.

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.

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.

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.

He partnered Kristina on last year’s Strictly until they lost in the ninth week after dancing the Charleston.

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

Ben tweeted on Tuesday, ‘Fantastic @Dotcomcf & @KRihanoff event last night. Inspiring speech’s by all.. Raised lots of money and the dancing was a amazing! Well done’ about a children’s charity event Kristina is a trustee of.

Earlier this week, Ben‘s wife Abby 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.’

*sad face

Caroline Millington

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