Kristina Rihanoff has revealed her tough upbringing in Russia [Getty]
However, the professional dancer has not always had such a privileged life, as she’s opened up about her tough childhood in Russia.
Kristina, 39, revealed that she focused on dance as a way to escape her difficult upbringing, calling it her “safe zone.”
Speaking to Closer Magazine, she said: “My parents were often violent towards each other, always arguing and being verbally aggressive.
Kristina Rihanoff and partner Ben Cohen [Wenn]
Kristina and her mother Larisa Rihanoff [Wenn]
“From about the age of 10, I saw my mum being very unhappy in her relationship.
She continued: “It drove me away from home and towards dance school. That’s where I felt comfortable. The dance floor became my safe zone.
“A lot was going on in Russia at that time – the Soviet Union was collapsing, families were losing their jobs and savings and kids were going off the rails. But dancing kept me happy and away from trouble.”
Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff recently celebrated their daughter Milena’s birthday [OK! Magazine]
The mother of one also revealed that her youth has taught her the importance of money and so, she makes sure to be wise with her earnings now.
She said: “We managed OK but it taught me to be very careful with money. When I started earning – and I started teaching dance very early, when I was 15 – I was very careful with the little that I earned.
“Even now, when I make a bit more money and could buy loads of things, I never go crazy because I send money back to Russia to my family.
Kristina has now left Strictly Come Dancing [BBC]
“I support my mum and my aunt, who is a single mother with two kids.”
Kristina now has a daughter, Milena, who she welcomed last year with her partner Ben Cohen.