Joe Calzaghe was 'sick and tired' of Kristina Rihanoff's workload
- Bang Showbiz
- 30 September 2013
Joe Calzaghe split from Kristina Rihanoff because he was "sick and tired" of her workload and they realised they wanted different things out of life
Joe Calzaghe split from Kristina Rihanoff because he was "sick and tired" of her workload.
The 41-year-old former world champion boxer and the 36-year-old dancing professional - who provides financial support to her family in Russia - called time on their relationship after four years together after they spent a lot of time apart while she was appearing in West End show 'Burn the Floor' in London and he was in Wales.
She told the new issue of HELLO! magazine: "He was sick and tired of waiting around for me, and said that if I truly loved him, I wouldn't have taken the job in the West End.
"I'm confused, because he knows how much it takes to be the best at your career.
"I said, 'Why didn't you tell me not to do 'Burn the Floor?'
"But he said he understood it wouldn't be fair to ask me to stop my job, that he knows that I support my family and love what I do."
They also realised that they wanted different things in their future as Joe - who already has sons Joe and Connor with his ex-wife Mandy Davies - didn't want any more children but Kristina wants to eventually have a family.
She explained: "Joe had his children when he was younger and they are absolutely wonderful boys, but he felt it wasn't for him anymore.
"I was raised in a traditional Russian Orthodox way and have always wanted children."
The pair ended their relationship on amicable terms and he even sent her a text message to wish her luck before she started the new series of 'Strictly Come Dancing' - the talent show on which they met.