CBB's Kristina Rihanoff 'shocked' by 'vicious' things said about her

Published Thursday, Jan 7 2016, 18:40 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Celebrity Big Brother's Kristina Rihanoff has reflected on the "vicious" time she's had in the public eye, saying she never wanted to be famous.

The Russian found fame as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing - and away from the show thanks to high profile romances with the likes of Joe Calzaghe and Ben Cohen.

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Speaking ahead of the CBB launch, she said: ". I don't really know why everyone is so fascinated in us professional dancers and our lives.

"I didn't go into Strictly for the fame. I went in to be the best artist I could be. I just love dancing for dancing's sake. I think sometimes people forget that. I don't want to be famous, I just want to make a living because I have a family to support."

Kristina said she's been "shocked" by how "vicious" some of the attention she's received has been, saying: " It taught me a lot about myself. But I also feel it came in a moment where my mum was quite unwell, and it put everything in perspective. My mum is important and nothing else matters. I learned to be strong."

The 38-year-old says she's happy discussing her private life when she feels comfortable, but doesn't like the situation to be forced. "I think if I get chatting to somebody and they are interested and I have a connection, its okay to talk about my private life.

"It's not okay if I'm forced and bullied into talking about it because everyone has the right to a private life."

CBB airs nightly on Channel 5.

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