Kristina Rihanoff puts split rumours to rest as she supports Ben Cohen on The Jump

Gemma Strong

Kristina Rihanoff has put an end to split reports by flying to Austria to support her partner Ben Cohen as he takes part in The Jump. The pregnant former Strictly Come Dancing star made an appearance on Sunday night's show and revealed that she and Ben did have romantic Valentine's Day plans, but had instead jumped on a plane so he could compete. Not that she minded: "I'm here now and really excited," she said. "I hope he does well."

Speaking shortly before Ben's first race, Kristina also told host Davina McCall she was worried about Ben hurting himself. "I don't wanna see him fall, I hope he's gonna do really well," she said.

Kristina Rihanoff was there to support Ben Cohen as he made his debut on The Jump

Unfortunately, Kristina's fears came true a few moments later in the nail-biting live show when Ben went up against fellow newcomer Joe Swash in the parallel slalom race. Both men took a tumble and came crashing down the slope.

The former rugby star managed to regain stability and beat Joe to the finish line – but because he had missed a gate, he still had to do the big air jump, in which he achieved the best distance of 9.42metres.

Ben and Kristina went public with their romance in July 2015

Rumours of a split first surfaced when Kristina, 38, came out of the Celebrity Big Brother house, 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".

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. Last month she revealed the happy news that they are expecting their first baby together.

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