Kristina: I want to have a 2nd baby with Ben

Dancer plans to wed, but tour is first

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - ja­nine.yaqoob@trin­i­tymir­ EXCLUSIVE BY JA­NINE YAQOOB Act­ing TV Editor

KRISTINA Ri­hanoff says she wants to marry Strictly lover Ben Co­hen – so they can have baby num­ber two.

The Rus­sian dancer al­ready has daugh­ter Mila with the rugby ace who part­nered her on the show.

Now as Kristina, 40, pre­pares for a twom­onth tour, she told how Ben will look after the 16-month-old when she is away.

She said: “Ben’s an in­cred­i­ble dad. I’m very lucky he’s on board with my project.”

Ben also has twin daugh­ters Har­ri­ette and Is­abelle, nine, by ex-wife Abby.

Kristina said: “It’s a lot of pres­sure on him to look after the kids but he’s very sup­port­ive of me. Mar­riage and an­other baby is some time in the fu­ture – we both like to take it one step at a time.

“We’re Vir­gos, we fo­cus on one thing and ex­e­cute it in the best pos­si­ble way.”

Kristina took 14 months off after

Mila was born but is now pre­par­ing her first self-cre­ated show, Dance To The Mu­sic, which kicks off on Jan­uary 10.

But she ad­mits leav­ing her lit­tle girl at home while she tours will be a strug­gle. “The hard­est thing will be be­ing away from my fam­ily,” she said. “When not on stage and oc­cu­pied, Mila is all I think about.

“Other mums have to go out and work so I’m no dif­fer­ent. I’m very lucky to be able to have so much time off and spend the time with Mila. I want to create some legacy and hope­fully some­thing Mila will be proud of when she’s older.”

Kristina says ad­vice from Ruth Langs­ford – now com­pet­ing on Strictly – helped her through the wor­ries. She said: “When I’m away I feel so bad. The best ad­vice I got was from Ruth on Loose Women. She said, ‘I know what you’re go­ing through. I was the same with my son Jack.

“‘Just re­mem­ber, ba­bies will hardly even re­mem­ber the early years. You can drive your­self in­sane but at the end of the day you are pro­vid­ing for your fam­ily.’

“She was so right. I choked a bit, I needed to hear that.”

Kristina, who has danced since child­hood, ad­mits she was racked with self­doubt after be­com­ing a mum. She said: “I felt in­se­cure and was wor­ried I’d never get back to danc­ing. I thought my body wouldn’t cut it after hav­ing a child.

“I’ve got a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive now. Be­ing a dancer, you’re quite self­ish.”

Kristina will take to the stage along­side for­mer Strictly dancer Robin Wind­sor and X Factor singer Chris Maloney.

She re­vealed: “I wanted a show just like Strictly, ap­peal­ing to ev­ery gen­er­a­tion.

“We have the evo­lu­tion of dance from the 20s to mod­ern day. It’s got ev­ery­thing from the Charleston to break danc­ing.”

Kristina has been crit­i­cal of the show since leav­ing last year, call­ing it “gim­micky”. She said: “I feel the bal­ance has gone, it’s like a Ve­gas show now.

“Their fo­cus is on the razzmatazz for ev­ery sin­gle dance. That sim­plic­ity has gone. It’s like it’s Hal­loween ev­ery week.”

But she says she is now look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing Christ­mas mar­kets, joined by Ben’s girls. She said: “They are in­cred­i­ble sisters to Mila – and she adores them.”

Dance To The Mu­sic starts Jan­uary 10 in Guild­ford, Sur­rey. dance­tothe­mu­sic­


KIDS Kristina and Ben

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