Strictly can spell curtain call for rocky relationships, says dance star


Most of us would have trouble watching our significant other glide around the dance floor with a scantily clad hottie.

So many of us would agree with Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev’s theory that the show can push already rocky relationships over the edge.

Kovalev was dance partner to Countdown presenter Rachael Riley in the last series of Strictly, who split from her husband a mere month after she was voted off the show.

Riley joins a string of celebrity contestants who have seen their relationships fall apart after starring in the show, including Susanna Reid, Natasha Kaplinsky and Denise Van Outen.

The Ballroom star said the intimacy of dancing with a good-looking partner and the long hours spent away from home can make the contestant’s other half insanely jealous.

Kovalev told the Daily Mail, “Dancing is always between a man and a woman. I’ve heard of lots of cases where a wife is jealous of her husband because he is dancing with a beautiful skimpy dressed girl. There is plenty of that.”