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Kristina Rihanoff planned to quit Strictly Come Dancing before pregnancy

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Kristina Rihanoff planned to quit Strictly Come Dancing before pregnancy

Kristina Rihanoff was planning to quit 'Strictly Come Dancing' before she found out she was pregnant earlier this year.

The professional dancer was forced to turn her back on the ballroom and latin show after she discovered she was expecting her first child with her boyfriend Ben Cohen.

But she had plans to bow out of the programme even before she fell pregnant, as she and her dance partner Robin Windsor had arranged a tour of the UK.

Speaking on 'This Morning' on Monday (26.09.16), she said: "In my mind, I sort of thought, 'OK, this is enough. I want to do something different.' And I actually had a tour planned around the UK with my partner Robin Windsor.

"So I knew I was going to do my own thing, my own show after 'Strictly...'. But clearly the universe had other things planned as it all worked out differently."

The 39-year-old beauty gave birth to her daughter Milena three months ago and, although she'd love to lose the extra baby weight, she doesn't think her body will ever go back to how it was prior to falling pregnant with her little girl.

She explained: "I think my body will never be the same after having a baby but it's fine because she's the most important thing in the world ...

"Hopefully I'll lose this weight but I don't want to be obsessed with it. I'm breast feeding... you can't diet or anything."

Kristina met Ben, 38, on 'Strictly Come Dancing' in 2013 when they were paired together for the show and, despite rumours claiming they were dating at the time, the pair have always insisted they only got together after the former rugby player had split from his childhood sweetheart Abi.

Ben has eight-year-old twin daughters Harriette and Isabelle with Abi, whom he divorced earlier this year.