Devastated Abby Cohen says she'll never get over split from husband Ben – who then dated Strictly partner Kristina Rihanoff

FORMER rugby star Ben Cohen’s ex wife Abby Blayney says she will never get over their break- up after he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.

The childhood sweethearts split in 2014 after 11 years of marriage — just months after he was partnered with professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff on the BBC1 show.

Ex-England winger Ben went on to have a baby with Kristina, who has always insisted their relationship started after the split.

In an exclusive interview, former wag Abby, who has twin daughters with Ben, said: “I’m not healed, I’ll never get over it but you just have to.

“I spent four years moping around crying — it’s poisonous. I spent a fortune on psychics because I wanted an answer but you won’t find one and you’re always asking why.

“It’s the worst feeling. I look back to when it first ­happened to me.

“I can’t even mentally go there. I will never get over what happened. But I’ve learnt to cope with it and I’ve developed ­strategies that have helped me to try to mend myself.”

As part of her healing, photographer Abby joined JetTV show The Updaters, with Ant McPartlin’s ex Lisa Armstrong and Kate Middleton’s hairdresser, Richard Ward, which helps people ­prepare for online dating.

She explained: “I have had a rough time and this show is for people who are trying to find love after having a tough time with relationships.

“We had a familiarity because I’ve been there. I want them to know that you can find yourself again, you can find confidence again.”

Emma does a Maybot

Emma Thompson looks to be channelling Theresa May as she shows off her dance moves.

The actress throws shapes to Steps anthem Tragedy in an upcoming episode of BBC1 drama Years And Years.

She plays ambitious politician Vivienne Rook, who appears on a TV show alongside band member Lee Latchford-Evans.

It’s more tragic than Tragedy.

New Jo show is a no-go

Funnyman Joe Lycett might not be laughing when he discovers the fate of his BBC gameshow.

I can reveal The Time It Takes has been axed due to plummeting viewing figures after just one series.

The eight-part show, which ended in February, saw contestants answer questions within the timescale of completing random tasks such as finishing a Rubik’s

Cube underwater, or how long it took Sinitta to reach the top of an escalator.

A TV source said: “It’s not great for Joe given this was his first big solo gig on the Beeb but it’s a tricky Saturday night slot.

“Viewers were baffled by some of the daft challenges and it was a struggle to get top celebrities as guests.”

The Beeb needs to keep looking for its saviour in the all-important timeslot.


WHAT? Hatton Garden, ITV, 9pm.

WHY? The true story of the 2015 Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company burglary by an OAP gang starring Timothy Spall, Kenneth Cranham and David Hayman.

Loose Women

LOOSE Women will be more opinionated than ever this week when motormouth Sharon Osbourne drops in on Thursday.

She hasn’t failed to disappoint in her previous appearances and I’m sure the former X Factor judge and wife of rocker Ozzy could be persuaded to comment on reigniting her feud with Simon Cowell.

She claimed in March that she was sacked from her X Factor role for being “too old” and said that as Simon is only six years younger than her, he should fire himself. I can’t wait to watch.


FISTS fly in EastEnders when Keanu and Ben come to blows and Lola has to break it up.

Her bad day continues when Ewan returns, saying he wants to take her and Lexi home then revealing Ben threatened his life.

In Coronation Street, Toyah confides in Leanne about how difficult it has been living with Imran since Rana’s death. She is horrified to realise Imran overheard every word.

Toyah returns home and apologises to Imran. He is unforgiving and insists she has made her thoughts quite plain, so it’s over between them, leaving Toyah gutted.

And in Emmerdale, David convinces Ryan to install spy software on Jacob’s laptop.

The reboots

FROM Blind Date to The Bachelor, Channel 5 is all about the reboots – and now it has set its sights on 10 Years Younger.

The makeover show was on Channel 4 for six series and last aired in 2009.

Hosted by Nicky Hambleton-Jones then Myleene Klass, it had ten days to complete the subject’s transformation with non-invasive cosmetic procedures, hair styling, make-up and a new wardrobe.

Cherry Healey will take over when filming starts soon. I’d sign up but you can’t improve on perfection.


SPRINGWATCH will be urging viewers to take part in their Gardenwatch survey when the show returns on Monday.

They hope to help scientists build a comprehensive report of exactly what is living on the nation’s doorsteps.

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