Countdown star Rachel Riley split from her husband Jamie before finding romance with her Strictly partner Pasha Kovalev
Rachel Riley has confirmed she’s finally found happiness as she announced she’s expecting her first baby with boyfriend Pasha Kovalev, but it’s been a rocky road to true love.
Countdown beauty Rachel, 33, announced her pregnancy today by sharing a picture of her standing next to the Countdown letters board with “RTINYMATE” spelled out on it.
That’s an anagram of ‘MATERNITY’ and can also be read as ‘R TINY MATE’.
It marks a happy ending for Rachel, who endured a painful marriage breakdown before eventually bouncing back.
She met her husband Jamie Gilbert while they were both studying at Oxford and their love affair led to an engagement before they tied the knot in 2012.
However, the marriage only lasted 16 months and they split after Rachel joined BBC dance show Strictly Come Dancingin 2013.
At the time, the split was blamed on the star’s hectic work schedule, with reports suggesting Jamie had grown tired of spending so much time apart from his wife.
A source told Mail Online: “When she [Rachel] was on the show [Stictly] there were long periods when she did not see her husband.
“She was pictured without her wedding ring but it was because she was in training.’
Rachel was said to have grown close to her dance partner Pasha during the run, and they later went public with their romance.
They didn’t confirm their romance until nine months after the end of the show and have been an item ever since.
However, they both insisted nothing happened between them until after Rachel’s marriage broke up despite rumours they fell victim to the infamous Strictly curse.
Rachel, 33, and Pasha, 39, went on to move in together and now share a home in London.
Knowing the strength of the Strictly curse, Rachel said she couldn’t stand to watch Pasha dance with anyone else on the show – and he later quit the BBC gig.
Rachel said: of her man “Pasha’s gorgeous, he’s amazing when you need a bit of support that’s when you know you’re with the nice person. He’s a good egg.”