Rachel Riley rules out marriage

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 August 2017
Pasha Kovalev and Rachel Riley

Pasha Kovalev and Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley doesn't think she and her boyfriend Pasha Kovalev will ever get married

Rachel Riley doesn't want to get married to Pasha Kovalev.

The 31-year-old mathematician has been dating the professional dancer for three years after they fell in love when she competed on 'Strictly Come Dancing', but she has admitted she has no desire to settle down with the hunk as they're happy with the way things are going.

Speaking to the Daily Express newspaper, she said: "I am in love now. I don't feel I have to get married. I don't think I need that pressure any more.

"I don't worry about getting married or whether he is taking a long time in the morning or whether he has done the dishes. That does not really bother me in the long term. I feel settled."

The couple hit the headlines in 2013 as they fuelled rumours they had fallen victim to the "'Strictly' curse", which sees contestants hook up with the dancers while in a relationship with someone else, because Rachel was married to her first husband Jamie Gilbert at the time.

But the blonde bombshell is adamant she and her former beau are still "good friend".

She explained: "We are still good friends. You have to find the right person. It is better to find the right person than stay with the wrong person."

And, despite the timing, she has said Pasha had nothing to do with her split from Jamie because their marriage was already on the rocks when she agreed to do the dancing show.

She said previously: "I don't think there's a 'Strictly...' curse, but it does serve as a magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines. 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."

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