Countdown queen Rachel Riley confesses she fell for Pasha Kovalev on Strictly: ‘He had me charmed!’

– Rachel Riley opened up about falling for Pasha Kovalev during their time on Strictly in 2013.
– The couple continued their relationship after the show and eventually got married, now with two daughters.
– Rachel also revealed that she underwent therapy after Strictly due to stage fright and perfectionism issues.

Alright, gather around, folks! We’ve got a juicy scoop about everyone’s favorite Countdown star, Rachel Riley, and her now hubby, Pasha Kovalev. So, sit back, relax, and let’s spill the tea on how Rachel fell head over heels for her dance partner on Strictly!

Picture this: It’s 2013, and Rachel decided to shake things up by signing up for Strictly Come Dancing. Guess who she got paired with? Yep, you guessed it – the charming Pasha Kovalev! The duo strutted their stuff on the dance floor all the way to Halloween week before being booted off the show. But wait, the plot thickens!

After their stint on Strictly, Rachel and Pasha didn’t just call it a day. Nope, they took a twirl into the world of romance and started dating. Fast forward 11 years, and voilà – they walked down the aisle and welcomed two adorable daughters. Talk about a fairytale ending, right?

Now, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty. During a recent chat on This Morning to celebrate 20 years of Strictly, Rachel spilled the beans on how she caught the love bug for Pasha. Cat Deeley, being the sneaky interviewer she is, prodded Rachel about celebs falling for their dance partners. Cue Rachel’s confession!

“I never thought I’d relinquish control, but Pasha had me wrapped around his finger,” Rachel revealed. “I’m used to calling the shots, but with him, it was ‘He’s the boss, you gotta listen!'” Oh, the drama! And guess what? Due to Rachel’s jet-setting job, Pasha had to follow her around like a lost puppy for practice. Talk about bonding over some serious dance moves, eh?

But wait, there’s more! In a shocking turn of events, Rachel spilled the beans about therapy post-Strictly. Yep, you heard that right! In 2014, she spilled the tea about her struggle with perfectionism and how she even had to undergo some fancy CBT. Who knew dancing could bring out the perfectionist in our beloved Countdown queen, huh?

So, there you have it! Rachel Riley, the queen of numbers, falling head over heels for her charming dance partner on Strictly. Who would’ve thought, right? If you’re itching for more juicy deets about Rachel and Pasha’s love story, tune in to Countdown weekdays at 2.10pm on Channel 4.

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