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Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen, a 'work in progress'

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Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen, a 'work in progress'

Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen are still a "work in progress".

The 'Strictly Come Dancing' beauty has been accused of breaking up the rugby star's marriage to wife Abby after the pair were partnered together on the BBC One show but she has always insisted the former couple's relationship was over before she started a romance with Ben.

She said: "We are in a committed relationship, and of course, part of that involves love.

"We're constantly together - either at my place or his. We're still very new so there's much more left to grow hopefully. It's a work in progress."

And the 37-year-old beauty also admits she was "deeply upset" about online trolls, which targeted her when news of the romance surfaced.

She added to The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "It was deeply upsetting and for a while I was in a dark place. Ben's said it many times and I'll say it again - I wasn't involved in the breaking up of his marriage.

"Lots of relationships start because you're attracted to someone. It's all happy fireworks and then the core dissolves and it fizzles out. But we have a strong core. He doesn't see me as a dancer kicking my legs on 'Strictly Come Dancing', he sees the real me."