Latest news stories, photos and videos of Countdown star, Rachel Riley.The blonde TV show host made news when she divorced from billionaire husband and Oxford university sweetheart, James Gillbert, after 16 months of marriage in 2013.Russian is quite challenging because the alphabet and grammar are entirely different to English, French or Italian. I have six close girlfriends I grew up with or went to school or university with. It features great characters and I like the fact there’s a strong woman in the lead role. Four are getting married next year and I’m going to be a bridesmaid for three of them. One friend affectionately calls me Ray Ray, an abbreviation of Rachel. It was in week four and I had to compete against fashion designer Julien Macdonald in the quickstep. It’s also really topical because the writers include news items, such as the recent race riots in America. a lovely dinner with a glass of wine, followed by a movie. Julien Macdonald who I knocked out in the Strictly dance-off! Riley later split from her husband of one year, Jamie Gilbert. “Jamie and I had been with one another since I was 19, and we are still good friends, it was all amicable and he’s been brilliant.” A string of couples have split after appearing on the show.Speaking about the 'curse', Kovalev told the Daily Mirror: “I don’t worry about these things.” Kovalev – who is paired with BBC newsreader Naga Munchetty in the new series – gushed over Riley’s beauty and said he doesn’t ever want to be with another woman. Last year's contestant Georgia May Foote called time on her relationship with Sean Ward shirtly before announcing her relationship with dance partner Giovanni Pernice, but the pair have now split.
The professional dancer, 36, met the Countdown star, 30, when they were partnered together on the BBC ballroom show in 2013. Speaking to the The Daily Telegraph at the time she said: “I don’t think there’s a Strictly curse, but it does serve as a magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines.Former rugby player Ben Cohen split from his wife Abbey after striking up a relationship with Kristina Rihanoff on the show.The couple recently welcomed their first child together.I am very happy in the position I’m in at the moment. She admits it was never a job she thought she'd end up doing while she was reading mathematics at Oxford University."I didn't imagine it in the slightest.I don't feel the need."However, her relationship with the 35-year-old Latin and ballroom dancer, does seem to be going from strength to strength."We've just been on holiday. It was a job Carol Vorderman did for 26 years so it wasn't even an offer."I'm a numbers geek.