This Christmas is set to be a memorable one for Kristina Rihanoff and her partner Ben Cohen as the couple will be joined by their bundle of joy, baby Milena. The couple - who met after being paired on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 - welcomed their first child together this summer.
"Mila is going to be six months on Christmas Day," the professional dancer told HELLO! Magazine. "Ben has already bought an outfit for Mila that says 'Baby's first Christmas'. We're looking forward to dressing her up. It will be different for all of us this year because of Mila. We are all very excited."
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This is the first baby for Kristina, 39, and her partner Ben, who already has twin girls Harriette and Isabelle with ex-wife Abby. The pair have always maintained that their romance didn't blossom until after Ben split from his wife of eleven years. "Having a baby later on in life, we were both very set in our ways so it has been a big change for both of us," added the sports star.
Meanwhile, Kristina went on to explain how she was ready for "a change in her life" when she discovered she was pregnant. "It's not unusual for dancers to leave it a little later to have babies because you can't work on a show like Strictly and have a baby," she admitted. "It's very, very demanding."
Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen welcomed their first child together this summer
Last week, the former Strictly star opened up about how much joy her daughter has brought. "Milena is a great baby, she is the spitting image of Ben," she revealed during an appearance on Lorraine. "There is nothing of me. He is an amazing dad and they have a special bond. It changed our relationship as I see him with her and loving her to bits. It's wonderful."
Kristina, however, did admit that the "accidental" pregnancy helped rebuild bridges between Ben's family. "It was an accidental pregnancy, but it changed my life for the better," she said, later adding: "But if you have true feelings for one another, then it's meant to be. A baby changes you. Everything else becomes secondary and insignificant."