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'foot in mouth' Ben Foden takes to Instagram to explain himself after he calls Rachel Stevens ‘sexiest woman in world’

"You’re the sexiest woman in the world Rachel"

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Ben Foden has taken to Instagram to explain himself after he called his Dancing on Ice co-star Rachel Stevens “the sexiest woman in the world.”

Taking to his Instagram stories he said: “Just want to address something the red tops have been printing today about me referring to Rachel as the sexiest woman in the world.

“We were in an interview, and someone asked Rachel, ‘how do you carry around the weight of being the sexiest woman in the world?', voted by FHM in 2005 or whatever.

“And then later on, another reporter asked Rachel ‘what do you have over other competitors in the competition?’ And obviously Rachel was very respectful and modest, and I threw in at the end ‘oh don’t forget you’re the sexiest woman in the world.'”

“Obviously they’ve taken that and written a headline, and made it something it’s absolutely not,” he added.

“Sorry Rach, my foot in my mouth as usual.”

He also added: “Obviously Jackie is my sexiest woman in the world, she gets my vote every time.”

It came after Ben made a comment during an interview former S Club 7 star Rachel was giving to a reporter.

After being asked what she has over the other competitors on the show she replied: “Oh my goodness… You just go into it as yourself and take the opportunity to learn.

“It’s such a fun, amazing show. I just want to go in and do the best I can. Ultimately you have to bring yourself and have fun.

“You’re putting on a show. That’s what is so special. We’re all bringing something different and our own unique thing."

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Ben then interjected: “That – and you’re the sexiest woman in the world Rachel.”

The comment soon hit headlines, just days after his wife Jackie Belanoff swore that she was sure her Rugby player husband would never cheat on her.

“I don't care what anyone thinks of him. It makes me feel awful when people don't know how awesome he is,” the 36-year-old told OK! Magazine in a joint interview with her beau.

“But all his friends, family and people in his life know who he is and love him. I have the best person ever. I feel bad that he feels bad but it doesn't bother me."

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Jackie and Ben (Instagram)

Jackie and Ben (Instagram)

Jackie and Ben (Instagram)

The pair discussed the possibility of Ben’s head being turned by another performer on Dancing on Ice.

“Someone said this and I was like, 'What curse?' I'd heard of the Strictly curse, but not a Dancing On Ice one,” Ben said.

Jackie added: "I don't have any worries. We're very much the same person and on the same track."

“If you were to put an affair into the mix with all the training, it would be exhausting,” Ben said.

"I look forward to the day when Ben actually cheats on me, because it would be hysterical to see the downpour of fire and rain that comes down upon him… I’m kidding," Jackie quipped.

"From day one he's never made me feel paranoid or insecure. He's not once worried me.”

"I think you just know, deep down, when that could happen and it's not a possibility with us, so I'm not concerned,” she added.

Ben recently apologised to his ex-wife Una Healy for being unfaithful to her during their six-year marriage.

The rugby player and The Saturdays singer ended their romance in 2018 after it was revealed that Ben had been unfaithful.

A year later in 2019 he wed Jackie after two weeks of dating on the day his divorce was finalised.

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