Rachel Riley claims there is no Strictly curse after leaving husband for Pasha Kovolev
Pasha Kovalev (L) and Rachel Riley were paired together on Strictly (Picture: Getty Images)

Rachel Riley has revealed that she does not believe in the ‘Strictly Come Dancing curse’.

The Countdown mathematician appeared on the hit BBC One dancing show in 2013 and split soon after from her husband Jamie Gilbert after falling in love with her professional dance partner, Pasha Kovolev.

But now the 32-year-old has suggested that the so-called ‘curse’, which sees personal relationships begin to fail when the celebrities fall in to the dancer’s arms, is not true, but that dancing instead ‘serves as a magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines’.

Speaking to Mail On Sunday’s Event magazine, Rachel, who now lives with Pasha also admitted that falling pregnant is ‘not on my radar’ despite her friends all welcoming children.

Rachel is a firm favourite with daytime TV fans, having joined the show at the age of 22 after she graduated from Oxford University.

‘We film 15 shows every couple of weeks,’ she added/

‘So smiling for three days straight, your jaws ache. But the contestants are so lovely. I’d said I like Marmite at one stage and this one contestant came on and brought me this jar of Marmite he’d kept from the Queen’s Jubilee.’

Rachel Riley claims there is no Strictly curse after leaving husband for Pasha Kovolev
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One of the best moments on an episode of Countdown however – and something that will always lift the spirit – is when an X-rated word appears.

Back in October the shows’s lexicographer Susie Dent found an eight-letter word that the contestants were unable to spot – gobshite.

Presenter Nick Hewer began by declaring that Dictionary Corner guest Adrian Chiles was ‘looking excited’, as Adrian told him: ‘We’ve got an eight for you, and I didn’t think of it, so I’m going to hand over to Susie to tell us what it is.’

‘Thanks for that Adrian…it’s gobshite,’ she explained as everybody burst out laughing.

‘Are you allowed to say that?!’ Nick promptly exclaimed, as she told him: ‘It’s vulgar slang so you have to be careful…a stupid, foolish or incompetent person.’

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