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Strictly's Claudia Winkleman's apology to Kristina Rihanoff revealed after affair claims

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Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman has apologised to former professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff after revealing that she and Ben Cohen began their romance whilst participating in the dance show back in 2013.MORE: Claudia Winkleman reveals surprising Strictly Come Dancing secret you never knewClaudia, 50, made the comment on Monday, whilst recording Friday's edition of The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan on Channel 4.WATCH: Tess Daly & Claudia Winkleman's 5 Style Lessons"The couple I knew had got together were Ben and Kristina," Claudia revealed, according to MailOnline's Richard Eden.READ: 'Heartbroken' Claudia Winkleman struggling to come to terms with separation from eldest sonRELATED: Claudia Winkleman urged to go to the doctor amid this worrying symptomFollowing Claudia's comments, Kristina threatened to take legal action against the presenter but was soon contacted with a heartfelt apology.

Kristina and Ben began their relationship in 2014In the message, seen by Richard Eden, Claudia reveals she is "so, so sorry," before clarifying that she misunderstood the question she was asked on stage."I thought the question was about who has found long-time love [via Strictly]," she wrote.Kristina and Ben were partnered together in the 2013 series of Strictly and made headlines when they embarked on a relationship a year later, in 2014, following the end of his marriage to Abby, his wife of 11 years.At the time, Abby spoke of the betrayal to a newspaper and branded Kristina "a [explicit] Russian dancer", something she has since confessed she deeply regrets.

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