Kristina Rihanoff sheds light on the abuse she was bombarded with at the start ...

Strictly pro Kristina Rihanoff has opened up about the 'challenges' she faced when she and Ben Cohen first got together.

The couple met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 and struck up a connection, despite Ben being married at the time.

Dancing pro Kristina, 43, told the latest issue of Closer that she was attacked online and branded a homewrecker amid the drama.

Strictly pro Kristina Rihanoff has opened up about the 'challenges' she faced when she and Ben Cohen first got together

Strictly pro Kristina Rihanoff has opened up about the 'challenges' she faced when she and Ben Cohen first got together

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'It's a horrible feeling. You feel like the whole world is pointing fingers at you. A lot of people who judge others - whoever they judge - never really know the full story or the situation,' she said.

'It was very full on and a challenging time, especially as I was still on Strictly every Saturday night and performing in front of 13 million people on the biggest show on TV. I got through it with inner strength and supportive friends who know the real me.

'Ben was very supportive of course, and his family were great. But there should be better laws to control online bullying - we have to be kinder to one another.'

Kristina and Ben, 42, caused stirs due to the rugby star being married to Abby Cohen, the mother of his twin daughters Harriette and Isabelle, now 13.

Family: Kristina and Ben, 42, caused stirs due to the rugby star being married to Abby Cohen, the mother of his twin daughters Harriette and Isabelle, now 13. Yet Abby has moved on and found love, while Kristina and Ben now have a daughter Milena, four

Family: Kristina and Ben, 42, caused stirs due to the rugby star being married to Abby Cohen, the mother of his twin daughters Harriette and Isabelle, now 13. Yet Abby has moved on and found love, while Kristina and Ben now have a daughter Milena, four 

From on-screen to off-screen: The couple met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 and struck up a connection, despite Ben being married at the time

From on-screen to off-screen: The couple met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 and struck up a connection, despite Ben being married at the time

They were branded the latest victim of the infamous 'Strictly Curse'.

Yet Abby has moved on and found love, while Kristina and Ben now have a daughter Milena, four.

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The dancer stepped out with the rugby ace earlier this  month and posted

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