Countdown presenter Rachel Riley reveals the secret for not marrying boyfriend Pasha Kovalev

Updated On 09 Aug, 2017 Published On

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.

Dancing partners from 'Strictly Come Dancing 2013' Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev

Dancing partners from 'Strictly Come Dancing 2013' Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev


She said:

“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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She stated:

“I get to go shopping now by myself. They say I definitely can’t have bikinis. Definitely no bikinis. But they are quite relaxed.”