Rachel Riley, 33, swapped the Countdown board for the sofa on The Jonathan Ross Show this weekend, where she discussed her romance with her Strictly Come Dancing beau Pasha Kovalev, 39. Speaking to host Jonathan Ross, 58, she said she had been learning Russian – her partner’s native language – with the help of an online app. But the mathematician admitted it can get “disconcerting” when she is around his Russian friends and family as she does not yet speak the language fluently. She spilled: “Pasha’s friends are mostly Russian and they were brought up in Soviet Russia and now they’ve come to mostly the States. We go on holiday with them and his mum and his brother as well.
“The first time I met the boys, I spoke no Russian at all.”
She added: “It’s really disconcerting, a bunch of thirty-something boys talking and giggling and drinking and I have no idea what they’re talking about.”
The loved-up couple first met each other when they were partnered together on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2013.
Meanwhile, her boyfriend Pasha recently announced his plans to leave the dance competition after eight years of being a part of the Strictly family.
In view of his 147,000 Twitter followers, he wrote: “After scoring 93 perfect tens, reaching 4 finals and lifting one glitter ball, it’s time to find a new challenge and so I’ve decided to make last year – my final season on Strictly.
“I’ve had eight fantastic years, fall of wonderful memories, thanks to the incredible partners, professionals and myriad of behind-the-scenes team who all work to make Strictly the amazing production it is.
“The biggest thanks go to all the members of the public who’ve supported me so much over these years.”
He finished: “I look forward to seeing you on the Strictly Pro-tour this spring, and for many further adventures to come!”
Earlier this week, Rachel made a cheeky jibe about trading in her boyfriend for the man who made her a vegan burger.
Yesterday, the blonde bombshell uploaded a snap of herself wolfing down a burger.
In view of her 363,000 followers, she captioned the post: “If it doesn’t work out with the Russian I’m going to marry the man that made me this burger. @mooshieslondon hands down won @vegannightsldn last week.
“Well played Mooshies, thanks Vegan Nights London, first Thursday of every month, I’m moving in.”
She finished the post with the hashtags: “#vegannights #bricklane #plantbased #mooshies #phish #burger #veganburger.”
Fans were quick to inundate the beauty with comments, as one person wrote: “ Bet he is jumping for joy now whilst trying to figure out how to sabotage your current relationship! And I don’t blame him!”
Another person replied: “Well at least he can cook.”
While a third person quipped: “Bl***y good caption and brilliant photo!! Gave me a really good laugh that pic, makes me hungry!”
The Jonathan Ross Show airs tomorrow on ITV at 9.30pm.