Countdown presenter/host Rachel Riley says she may never marry Strictly beau Pasha Kovalev on the grounds that she needn't bother with the "pressure" of a moment marriage.
Rachel, 31, started dating the Russian artist in the wake of showing up on Strictly with him in 2013 – following her split from a spouse of 16 months Jamie Gilbert around the same time.
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“I am in love now. I don’t feel I have to get married. I don’t think I need that pressure anymore. And I am perfectly happy. There is no time you should shut the doors as there is always love out there for you."
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"I would have never dreamt in a million years I would go out with a ballroom dancer from Russia as, when we were younger, we did not even speak the same language. So I guess you never know."
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"I was with my ex-husband for eight or nine years and we became good friends. I met him at university and our relationship ended. We are still good friends."
"I think there is a real negative attitude to splitting up with someone in our society but it is good to stay friends.”
In a radio meeting, Rachel uncovered she gets her own garments for Countdown, having already had a beautician.
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“I get to go shopping now by myself. They say I definitely can’t have bikinis. Definitely no bikinis. But they are quite relaxed.”