Devastated wife of England World Cup hero was left heartbroken for five years

Abby and Ben Cohen had been childhood sweethearts who had been married for 10 years when he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013.

The Strictly curse took full force – and soon after he ended his marriage after falling for his pro partner Kristina Rihanoff.

She explained: “Once I began to accept that I couldn’t change things, I started to feel better and the sun came out.

“I think my biggest regret is spending all those years crying — I don’t know how my body produced as many tears as it did.

Five years was a long time to be sad.”

She told The Daily Mail : “When the Strictly curse is brought up, I find it really difficult as it brings back the dark feelings I had then.

“I was in such turmoil. I’ve worked really hard and had all sorts of therapy to get through that misery.”


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15. Josh Lewsey – possibly single 

Most recently known to have dated British Winter Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams in 2012 but it didn’t work out.


14. Jason Robinson – Sian Griffin

Robinson divorced first wife Amanda, with whom he has six children including; Cameron, Jemimah, Joseph and Lewis. In June 2017 he married Sian Griffin with whom he has one son, Noah.


13. Will Greenwood – Caroline Greenwood

Greenwood and his wife, Caroline, have three children. They previously had a son Freddie who died 45 minutes after his birth in 2002. He is a patron of Child Bereavement UK, a charity which supports parents who have lost a child.


12. Mike Tindall – Zara Phillips 

In 2010, it was announced that Tindall was engaged to Zara Phillips, only daughter of Anne, Princess Royal and the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II. The couple, who now have two daughters, first met during the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.


11. Ben Cohen – Kristina Rihanoff

The winger was married to Abby Blayney in 2003, and has twin daughters with her, whom they named Harriette and Isabelle. The couple were estranged since 2014, and divorced in March 2016. In January 2016 it was announced, his former Strictly Come Dancing dance partner and now girlfriend, Kristina Rihanoff, have had their first child together, a daughter named Milena.

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