Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Rachel Riley's closeness with Pasha Kovalev 'ended marriage'

Rachel Riley (Strictly Come Dancing 2013)

Rachel Riley's marriage of 16 months ended because of Strictly Come Dancing, it's been claimed.

It was reported yesterday that the Countdown host was splitting from her husband Jamie Gilbert after just over a year together.

Now according to The Sun, the cause of split was down to "seething jealously" from her husband over Rachel's pro dance partner Pasha Kovalev.

The newspaper claims that Jamie became annoyed with Rachel after she spent time drinking with the hunky dancer and performing with him in private.

"Rachel and Pasha were clearly very close," a source told the tabloid. “The amount of time she spent with him was too much for Jamie.

“It was the last thing the marriage needed. There had been difficulties and her spending lots of her social time with Pasha was the final straw. The jealousy drove Jamie mad.”

However, Pasha’s professional dance partner and former Strictly pro herself Katya Virshilas insisted there was no relationship between Pasha and newly single Rachel.

She said: “As far as I know they’re not an item.”

And a supposed 'pal' of Jamie's added to the report: “He’s upset. He wanted it to work out, but Rachel made it clear it wouldn’t. It’s sad. We hope no one else is involved.”

Rachel was eliminated from the competition at the start of this month.

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