'I don't need that pressure any more': Rachel Riley reveals she has no plans to marry Pasha Kovalev because they are 'settled' as they are... and insists she is still 'good friends' with her ex-husband

They have been dating for three years, after meeting on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2013. 

But Rachel Riley has revealed she has no plans to marry her boyfriend Pasha Kovalev, as the pair are 'in love' and 'settled' as they are.

Talking to the Daily Express, the 31-year-old explained she no longer feels pressure to get married, after splitting from her first husband Jamie Gilbert - who she insists is still a 'good friend'.

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Happy: Rachel Riley has revealed she has no plans to marry her boyfriend Pasha Kovalev, as the pair are 'in love'  as they are

Happy: Rachel Riley has revealed she has no plans to marry her boyfriend Pasha Kovalev, as the pair are 'in love' as they are

The Countdown host could not help but gush about her romance with the professional ballroom dancer, 37, but admitted the pair had no desire to tie the knot.

Explaining their decision, she told the paper: 'I am in love now. I don’t feel I have to get married. I don’t think I need that pressure any more.

'I don’t worry about getting married or whether he is taking a long time in the morning or whether he has done the dishes,' she continued. 'That does not really bother me in the long term. I feel settled.'

Besotted: The 31-year-old explained she no longer feels pressure to get married, after splitting from her first husband Jamie Gilbert, and that she feels 'settled' with the dancer (above)

Besotted: The 31-year-old explained she no longer feels pressure to get married, after splitting from her first husband Jamie Gilbert, and that she feels 'settled' with the dancer (above)

The blonde also urged her fans to never give up on love, as she had never thought she would marry a man who grew up speaking a different language. 

Rachel met Pasha back in 2013, when she was partnered with him on hit BBC series Strictly Come Dancing.

At the time she was still married to her university sweetheart Jamie Gilbert, who she wed the previous year. 

Easy: She said: 'I don’t worry about getting married or whether he is taking a long time in the morning or whether he has done the dishes. That does not really bother me in the long term'

Easy: She said: 'I don’t worry about getting married or whether he is taking a long time in the morning or whether he has done the dishes. That does not really bother me in the long term'

The mathematician then announced she and Jamie were divorcing, following her stint on Strictly - fuelling a fire of rumours regarding the so-called 'Strictly curse', which sees couples split up after the show.

Continuing on her love life to the Express, Rachel affirmed that she and her ex were still 'good friends', but that she has found 'The One' in the Russian dancer.

She added of Jamie: 'We are still good friends. You have to find the right person. It is better to find the right person than stay with the wrong person.' 

Burn the floor: Rachel met Pasha back in 2013, when she was partnered with him on hit BBC series Strictly Come Dancing (above)

Burn the floor: Rachel met Pasha back in 2013, when she was partnered with him on hit BBC series Strictly Come Dancing (above)

Rachel has always been insistent that her split from Jamie had nothing to with Pasha, and that cracks had already started to show in their marriage before she appeared on the reality series.  

Back in 2014, the Oxford graduate weighed in on the theory that the show leads to relationship woes, telling The Telegraph: 'I don’t think there’s a Strictly curse, but it does serve as a magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines.

'Jamie and I had been with one another since I was 19, and we are still good friends, it was all amicable and he’s been brilliant.' 

The real deal: She has always insisted Pasha had no involvement in her split from Jamie, and said in 2014 that the show 'serves as a magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines'

The real deal: She has always insisted Pasha had no involvement in her split from Jamie, and said in 2014 that the show 'serves as a magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines'

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