Strictly's curse won't break Pasha Kovalev and Rachel Riley up

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Pasha Kovalev has said that the Strictly Come Dancing 'curse' won't break him and Rachel Riley and up.

The pair, who themselves met on the show back in 2013, are still going strong.

They got together after the series following Rachel's split from her then husband.

Speaking about the new series, where he has been partnered with BBC newsreader Naga Munchetty, Pasha said: “Rachel is incredible. She is the most beautiful woman in the world.

“Nothing could come between with what we have."

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper about the so-called Strictly curse: "I don’t even think about things like that. I don’t want to be with anyone else. I don’t worry about these things.”

While the Strictly curse has been spoken about a lot, a study carried out back in 2014 suggested it didn't actually exist.

John Moriarty, a maths lecturer at Manchester University, crunched the numbers.

While the average divorce rate from censuses did point to some sort of 'curse', it turns out that when you look at the divorce rate based on occupation there is an interesting twist.

It so happens that the divorce rate of actors, showman, dancers and choreographers is notably higher - more than 8 times - than the average person, which leaves the break ups Strictly has seen over the years totally expected.

So it looks like there is really no Strictly curse but rather just a curse of celebrity marriages in general.

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