Abby Cohen shared her remorse for calling Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff an “af ** king Russian dancer.”
Abby, 42, made the comment in 2015, less than a year after her ex-husband Ben, 43, left her for Kristina de Strictly, also 43, after teaming up with the blonde bombshell during his 2013 stint on the BBC’s prom show. .
Speaking in a new interview, Abby – who shares 13-year-old twins with Ben – shared her remorse while admitting that despite strictly causing their marriage to break down, she believes the show “her has been of service ”in hindsight.
Remorse: Abby Cohen, 42, shared her remorse for professional Strictly Come Dancing brand Kristina Rihanoff ‘af ** king Russian dancer’
Past comment: Abby made this comment in 2015, less than a year after her ex-husband Ben, 43, left her for Kristina from Strictly, also 43.
Abby said new! magazine: ‘At the time of the breakup, when I was extremely stressed, I once angrily called Ben’s partner a “fucking Russian dancer” to a harassing reporter. I regret it now.
Speaking in 2015, Abby told The Sun: “My husband, who I was with for 23 years, loved unconditionally and totally loyal in every way, left me for a fucking Russian dancer.
“The past two years have been the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to me. He hurt me. I want people to know.
Openness to novelty! About seeing her marriage “fall apart” before her eyes, Abby – who fell in love with Ben after meeting him at just 16 – explained, “I sat in the [Strictly] the studio audience was smiling every week, but looking back I see I was terrified.
Ex: Abby was married to the rugby player who became a strict contender for 11 years (pictured from 2014 – the year they split)
Long ago: Abbey pictured with ex-husband Ben as they were childhood sweethearts at just 17
Emotional: Abby admitted she wouldn’t be watching Strictly this year because “even music triggers too many feelings” (Ben and Kristina pictured in 2013)
She added: ‘Luckily I don’t recognize this scared woman anymore now, I’m so different. Maybe Strictly did me a favor in the long run.
While admitting that she won’t be watching Strictly this year because “even music triggers too many feelings,” Abby also made sure to point out that Ben “was and still is a fantastic, practical father”.
Revealing that the news that Ben and Kristina were expecting their own child felt ‘like a dagger’ when it burst in 2016, Abby bravely added that she ‘couldn’t imagine going through this hell’ but insisted ‘so I can, anyone can ‘.
She also shared that she was unable to eat, sleep or “get out of bed” when her marriage to Ben ended and suffered two mental breakdowns.
Looking ahead, Abby – who has since found love with her partner Dave – exclaimed that she is ready for her next chapter.
Optimistic: Looking to the future, Abby – who has since found love with partner Dave (pictured) – said she was ready for her next chapter