Ben Cohen has reportedly moved back in with his estranged wife Abby and their two children. The former rugby star left his Northants home last year after growing close to Strictly Come Dancing's Kristina Rihanoff, but has had to give up his bachelor pad and temporarily return to the £1.75million property after struggling to meet the cost of mortgage and renting, according to the Sun.
"Ben thought he'd be able to sell the house and rent somewhere for Abby and the kids before their divorce went through," a source said. "But there's been little interest and the cost of the mortgage and renting has become very expensive.
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Ben Cohen has reportedly moved back in with his estranged wife Abby
"He gets to see his kids more, but I'm told that it has been really awkward for him and Abby."
The news comes just a few days after Ben, 36, and Kristina, 37, were pictured holding hands for the first time, as they attended the launch of the new series of Strictly together.
During an interview on This Morning this week, Ben confirmed that he will be on hand to support his girlfriend, who this year has been partnered with Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell. "I'm sure I'll pop down at some point," said former contestant Ben, who met the Russian dancer on the show in 2013. "I don't think I'll like hearing that Strictly music, it could send me all nervous, but of course I'll go down at some point."
Last month, Ben's estranged wife Abby broke her silence on the breakdown of their marriage. "The last two years have been the most traumatic thing to ever happen to me," she told the Sun on Sunday, stating that her husband had been unfaithful and adding: "I want people to know."
Ben and girlfriend Kristina Rihanoff were partnered together on 2013 Strictly
"I don't want to cause stress or further damage by stirring things up. But I'm just trying to recover from what has been the most horrific time of my life."
Abby's comments came shortly after Kristina defended her romance with Ben, insisting that their relationship only began once his 11-year marriage was over. "He left his wife a year ago," she told the Mirror. "Recently we started dating but we're allowed to see each other as two single people.
"I don't know why I am always attacked," Kristina added. "I am a hard-working, self-made person. I support five people in my family in Russia."