Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen deny split rumours

Gemma Strong

Kristina Rihanoff's romance with Ben Cohen is going from strength to strength. Dismissing recent reports that their relationship is on the rocks, a spokesperson for the couple has confirmed: "Ben and Kristina are very happy – everything is fine between them."

Rumours of a split first surfaced when Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina, 38, came out of the Celebrity Big Brother house on Tuesday, and 37-year-old Ben was not there to greet her. It was claimed that the couple were "living separate lives", with a source saying that Ben had been "too preoccupied to put on a public of show of affection".

A spokesperson has confirmed Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen are still "very happy" together

But the sportsman soon broke his silence, revealing that he had in fact been suffering for days with a "brutal" flu.

Kristina and former rugby star Ben went public with their romance in July 2015, after competing together on Strictly Come Dancing the previous year. It's an exciting time for the couple; Kristina recently announced that they are expecting their first baby together.

Earlier this month, the blonde beauty spoke to HELLO! about her pregnancy, and her big decision to quit the show that made her a household name.

Kristina recently spoke about her surprise pregnancy to HELLO!

"It was a surprise but I am obviously delighted," she said of her baby news. "My mother was with me over Christmas and when we found out she put her arms around me and cried with joy. It is her lifelong dream for me to have a child and it was lovely to see her so happy."

Of her decision to leave Strictly after eight years, Kristina commented: "Strictly takes a toll on your life. It's very intense and it's worth it if you feel like you are fulfilling yourself as an artist… those moments when you feel you have done great choreography to a great song and a good concept. But I feel some of that creativity was being taken out of my hands."

But she said of the BBC show and her fellow dancers, "It is the most exciting thing I have ever done. We are a tight bunch. It's not the glamour or the costumes I will miss, but those guys.

"I think I am on a new path," she added, "learning about myself, how to relax and how to enjoy a more simple and balanced life. I can't say I'm not nervous. But I'm very excited about the future."

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