Kristina Rihanoff, a former Dance Come Dancing star, said it was “the biggest surprise of my life” when partner Ben Cohen knelt on holiday in the Maldives.
the couple met when they collaborated on series 11 of Serious in 2013 and share daughter Mila.
The romantic proposal takes place in the middle of their 16-day vacation, where they are taken on a boat cruise to a neighboring island before Rihanoff discovers a lantern-lit heart and “I’ll marry you?” written in the sand.
The Russian dancer, 45, told Hello magazine: “Although we had talked before about getting married someday, I had no idea that Ben was planning this.
“I got over the emotion and said right away, ‘Yes, yes, and yes’.
“My first reaction was wow. It was completely surreal and I couldn’t believe what was happening.
“I’m usually very sharp, but I didn’t know Ben planned this. The way he keeps it a secret is amazing.”
Former professional rugby player Cohen said: “I wanted us to go further together and having a vacation in such a beautiful place felt like the perfect moment to do it.
“The setting had to be really special and with the help of the staff at the resort we achieved that.
“It was really amazing and blew me away.”
The couple, who run the Soo Yoga health and fitness center in Northampton, said they were looking forward to celebrating their engagement with family and friends.
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“After eight years with Ben, our love is stronger than ever,” said Rihanoff.
Referring to the problems they face during the pandemic, she continued: “It’s easy to love someone when things are rosy but it’s a different story when life becomes a challenge.”
Cohen added: “Every love story has its honeymoon period, but that passes in the end.
“Love has different meanings and for me it is a relationship with a partner who has been with me through the hard times and we move forward together.
“She’s the one I want in my life forever.”
In 2016, the couple welcomed daughter Milena, abbreviated Slavic to Mila, at Northampton General Hospital on June 24.
Cohen previously said it was a 19-and-a-half-hour labor that took longer than expected because the umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s neck.
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