Kristina Rihanoff has weighed the infamous stern "curse" and said it was inevitable after it was claimed that Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton are now together.
The professional dancer, 41, fell victim to the "curse" twice during her eight-year stint at the BBC Ballroom, having dropped in 2009 for her partner Joe Calzaghe and four years later Ben Cohen when they became partners in 2013.
Kristina appeared at Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, reporting on recently published reports that 32-year-old presenter Stacey has split from ex-partner Sam Tucknott for dance partner Kevin, 36.
Candid: Kristina Rihanoff weighed in the infamous stern "curse" and said it's inevitable to claim that Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton are dating now
She said, "That's the hard part because there will always be someone who gets hurt or someone thinks it's wrong what happens, but people get together at work and we work there."
The Russian dancer admitted that the "curse" influences the show year after year, as celebrities and their professional partners are in an "intense" environment.
"I think it's about building a strong bond and trusting each other," she added. "The show is very intense … emotionally and physically.
"At the end of the day, there's a big job ahead of you and a lot of pressure on your shoulders … People have to trust each other and I think that's where it all starts."
Cradled in: The professional dancer, 41, twice fell victim to the curse during her eight-year stint in the BBC Ballroom. Shown with Partner Ben 2017
In the past, she first fell in love with her celebrity partner Joe Calzaghe in 2009 before splitting four years later. Pictured with Joe in 2012
Previously, Kristina had a four-year relationship with boxer Joe Calzaghe, who had fired his five-year-old girlfriend model Jo-Emma Larvin when they were together in 2009.
Within weeks of mating with Ben in 2013 on the hugely popular BBC1, Kristina and Joe split up.
Former English rugby star Ben has always insisted that his marriage to Abby Blayney, the mother of his twins Isabelle and Harriette, be over before he and Kristina got together.
After the turmoil over how their romance began, the couple is stronger than ever and in 2016 welcomed a daughter, Mila, together.
Discussion: Kristina appeared at Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, reporting on recent reports that 32-year-old presenter Stacey and her ex-partner Sam Tucknott were separated from dance partner Kevin, 36
"Intense": The Russian dancer admitted that the "curse" influences the show year after year as celebrities and their professional partners are in an "intense" environment
Twinkle Toes: She said: & # 39; I think it's about building a very strong bond and trusting each other. The show is very intense … emotionally and physically "
In the meantime, Kristina's comments come after Stacey insists there are two sides to each story when it comes to her full-length romance with strict partner Kevin.
New claims suggest, however, that the BBC documentary filmmaker, with his five-year-old friend and personal trainer Sam Tucknott (30), has split up for the professional dancer to improve their careers.
It is also rumored that Stacey (32) and Kevin (36) have been enjoying a secret romance for months, with photos taken in January at the same hotel in Birmingham.
Weeks after winning the Glitterball trophy with Kevin in December, Stacey took part in the Strictly tour, but was separated from her partner, who had excluded himself from the live shows, to focus on his own Burn The Floor campaign. Focus on tour.
Romance: Within weeks of being paired with Ben in 2013, Kristina and Joe separated. Former English rugby star Ben insisted that his marriage to Abby Blayney, the mother of his twins Isabelle and Harriette, be ended before he and Kristina got together. Shown in 2014
New romance: Stacey is said to have separated from her five-year-old friend, personal trainer Sam Tucknott, for her stern partner Kevin to improve her career.
Despite his hectic schedule, Kevin made the long trip to Birmingham to support Stacey on his tour and cheer her while she danced with Aljaz Skorjanec.
Kevin, whose relationship with Stacey was considered an "open secret" during the tour, was later seen in a five-star hotel in the city later that night, while Stacey and the rest of his traveling companions appeared close behind him.
A strict insider said to the mirror: "There was no reason for Kevin to drag all the way to Birmingham to see their performance. The fact that he did it speaks volumes about where they were in their relationship. & # 39;
Intense: Sam, who broke up with Stacey after a five-year relationship in March, blames the match for the intense hours Kevin and the journalist spent together on Strictly
Close: It's rumored that Stacey and Kevin have been enjoying a secret romance for months, with photos taken to the same hotel in Birmingham in January
The meeting in January came weeks before Stacey announced that she had separated from her longtime Beau Sam after five years together.
However, Sam herself admitted in an interview with Sunday's mail that her relationship was under pressure late last year as Stacey trained with Kevin for 14 hours a day to earn her straight victory.
Insiders claim that Stacey, known for her hard-core BBC Three documentaries, "emptied" Sam for Kevin because he was "better" for her image.
Former Fire: The January meeting came weeks before Stacey announced that she had separated from her longtime Beau Sam after five years together