Rachel Riley’s husband Pasha Kovalev lied to #strictly co-star Ashley Roberts ...

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Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev, 39, and Countdown star Rachel Riley, 33, eloped on Friday in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas. Now his former celebrity dance partner Ashley Roberts, 37, has told Amanda Holden, 48, and Jamie Theakston, 48, on Heart Radio how she had spoken with the Russian born dancer beforehand, who simply said he was going on holiday. As the showbiz reporter told listeners the exciting news, her co-star Jamie asked: “Wasn’t he your dance partner? Wasn’t it Ash and Pash?” To which Ashley replied: “Yes it was Ash and Pash - Pashley. We were partnered up on Strictly and he came to the opening of Waitress."

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Pasha and Ashley were paired up on the show last year and have been friends ever since.

The former Pussycat Doll continued: “He [Pasha] said to me, ‘Oh I’ve got to go I’m travelling’.

“Little did I know he was going off to get married.”

Amanda interjected: “Vegas baby.”

The pair made it to the finals of Strictly Come Dancing last year but lost out on the coveted Glitterball trophy to Stacey Dooley, 32, and Kevin Clifton, 36.

Since the show’s airing, the former Pussycat Doll has found romance with Strictly professional Giovanni Pernice, 28, after

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