The Strictly curse rears its head again but Kristina has said she's no maneater

After hearing hunky rugby player Ben Cohen is having marriage problems after appearing on Strictly Come Dancing we have total déjà vu.

In 2009, boxer Joe Calzaghe split up with his girlfriend of five years, Jo-Emma Larvin, just before appearing on Strictly Come Dancing with Kristina Rihanoff. And he ended up waltzing off into the sunset with her.

Surely the same couldn’t be happening again?

Dubbed the Siberian Siren, Ben‘s former partner Kristina, 36, hit the headlines when she had an affair with her fellow Strictly pro Vincent Simone – while his girlfriend
 Susan was pregnant.

But Kristina has previously spoken of how hurt and upset she was by her ‘femme fatale’ image and insisted it isn’t justified.

‘All the papers are painting this picture of me being the sort of woman who works my way through the Strictly crew,’ Kristina said in 2009. ‘That’s so hurtful and completely wrong. I would never go after another woman’s man. Why would I do that, either to her or to myself?.’

She also claimed she had no idea Vincent was in a relationship when they got together, never mind that he had a baby on the way.

But despite her protestations, Kristina is at the centre of the storm again after being pictured out with former rugby player Ben, 36, just days before his spokesman released a statement admitting he and wife of 11 years were seperating due to marital issues but no third party is involved.

The show’s so-called curse has been well documented, we’ve lost count of the amount of splits before, during or post tango and Cha Cha Cha.

Joe Calzaghe’s ex Jo-Emma admits alarm bells rang when she heard her man of five years was going on the show. ‘I said to him: “Don’t they all end up having affairs?”,’ she said. ‘Then, the first week he started, we broke up. Make of that what you will.’

After he split with Jo-Emma, Joe, just like Ben, denied anyone else was involved but later admitted he and Kristina were officially an item for four years before they split in 2013.

Just days ago, Abby Cohen – who has twins Harriette and Isabelle with Ben – angrily denied that there was any truth in rumours of a romance between her husband and his dance partner.

We hope she is right!

Sofia Zagzoule

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