Strictly Come Dancing's Ben Cohen separates from wife of 11 years

Published Thursday, Sep 18 2014, 07:42 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ben Cohen has split from his wife Abby.

In a statement released overnight, a rep for the former rugby player confirmed that Ben and Abby are currently separated following 11 years of marriage and two children.

Ben and Abby Cohen at the Strictly Come Dancing After Party at Roxy's Blackpool, 2013

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"Ben and Abby Cohen have agreed to take time apart to deal with some marital issues but remain fully committed to the welfare of their children," said the spokesperson.

"There is no third party involved, and Ben and Abby now ask that their privacy and that of their family be respected at this difficult time."

Ben, 36, appeared on the eleventh series of Strictly, where he was partnered with professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff.

It's often been said there is a 'Strictly curse' when it comes to celebrities and professional dancers who appear on the show, as a noted number have split from partners following their appearance on the show.