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'My personal life is Strictly private'

Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff (inset) has criticised the focus on her personal life after she was linked to several of the show's celebrities.

The dancer dated boxer Joe Calzaghe after she partnered him on the show and the couple stayed together for four years.

She later had to insist that nothing had gone on between herself and Ben Cohen after being blamed for the rugby star's marriage split. Now Rihanoff has told Loose Women: "I didn't go in to the show to have my private life splashed all over the papers."

And she added: "I just don't understand why women are played against each other so badly."