KRISTINA RIHANOFF may be impassioned on the dance building but in private was cold as ice, her ex-lover has revealed.
Latin former champ Corky Ballas, 56, antiquated the former Strictly bombshell, 39, for 5 years following the tumble of his burning 23-year matrimony to the BBC dance show’s new conduct judge Shirley Ballas.
And on Day Two of his disdainful talk with The Sun, Texan Corky reveals his early passion with Russian summons Kristina — when he was her dance manager then partner in the US — after died as she would solidify him out after rows.
Their last tango came as she changed to London to join Strictly.
Corky yesterday told The Sun on Sunday how the music also died with Liverpudlian Shirley, now 57, after a fibre of rows.
And currently he admits: “Both relations were so volatile, but Shirley was all fire and Kristina was a pristine ice queen.
“When we got into an evidence over something, she would get quiet.
“I like to contend my piece, but she would go cold on me, it was so annoying.
“And we realised over time that she and Shirley were flattering identical — conjunction would back down.
“I went for the same form of lady twice and we began to see the same patterns happening all over again.
“It was the same rows, same isolation.
“I had gotten older, too, so we didn’t have so much appetite as we did with Shirley for arguments.”
I never found the age opening between us a problem
Corky was 44 and Kristina just 28 when he began coaching the immature ballroom beauty while she was partnered with universe champion Michael Wetnik.
The chemistry was instant. He says: “There was an captivate there from the start. Kristina desired dancing sexily and we speedy her. It wasn’t prolonged before we got together.
“I never found the age opening a problem, it just wasn’t an issue.
“But the dancing really confuses everything. My attribute with Kristina started with the dance and the passion for it, just as my attribute with Shirley had finished some-more than 20 years earlier.
“You tumble in venerate with an art form and you think, ‘Am we in venerate with this person?’ Just like with Shirley, we consider we confused my venerate for dancing and my venerate for Kristina.”
News of Corky’s budding intrigue with Kristina widespread like wildfire by the tight-knit dance world, as at the time he was still married to his disloyal wife, who was vital in England.
But he insists Kristina and Shirley were never venerate rivals, given his matrimony was prolonged given over — nonetheless they never divorced until 2007.
Despite the traits shared by the two women, he and Kristina went on to date in the States for 5 years.
Yet he insists he would “never” have married Kristina, saying: “She was not the one for me.”
Their attribute shuddered to a hindrance in 2008 after Kristina was offering her role on Strictly, where she was after to enjoy a run of eight years as a pro dancer.
Corky says: “I didn’t wish to hold Kristina back but when she took that pursuit and changed back to London we thought, ‘This is ridiculous, where is this going?’
“Long stretch is really tough. What possibility did we have vital thousands of miles apart? In my mind the attribute was totally over.”
But while they stayed friends for months, it was reported that Kristina lashed out in 2009, claiming Corky had finished the unwashed on her with a budding actress. She denies observant this.
And while Kristina admits their attribute was “doomed” by her transatlantic move, she added: “Being cheated on would be hurtful. Most women know that.”
But Corky hit back at the doubtful claim: “I positively never cheated on Kristina. That is ridiculous. we don’t remember when we slept with that girl. But we weren’t together at the time.”
Kristina went on to turn one of Strictly’s best famous acts but it was mostly her venerate life, rather than her footwork, that took centre stage.
In 2009 Strictly fans were repelled when it emerged she had a secret hurl with associate pro dancer Vincent Simone — whose partner was profound at the time.
Dancing is insinuate – you are touching, it’s physical
Later that year she began dating her Strictly partner, Welsh fighting champ Joe Calzaghe, after he callously dumped his partner just one week into the show.
And liaison hit again after she was interconnected with married England rugby favourite Ben Cohen in 2013. Shortly after finishing the show, Ben announced he was bursting from childhood swain Abby Blayney, who is also the mom of his twin daughters.
In 2015, Kristina and Ben, who now have a daughter, Milena, suggested they were dating.
Corky adds: “I haven’t watched Kristina dancing given we split, but we suppose her dancing is the same as when we knew her. She was good.
“I couldn’t review her dancing to Shirley’s, given competing with someone under vigour is very opposite to coaching them in a dance studio.
“It would be like comparing apples and oranges.”
Corky pronounced he is not astounded Strictly’s scandalous romantic abuse has claimed so many victims.
He says: “I consider what happens with people who dance together is that there is a kind of non-verbal physique denunciation happening.
“When you meet someone you get to feel either there is chemistry or not.
“But when you dance with a partner you are put in a conditions where you are eye to eye, contrast that chemistry out on the dance floor.
“It’s a very insinuate conditions to be in — you are touching any other and it’s physical.
“And if there is tie and chemistry you can feel it.”
SHIRLEY BALLAS has finally finished a sour family argument with her father Andrew.
The Strictly conduct judge told fans “forgiveness in life is key” as she shared this snap of herself lucent with relatives Audrey and Andrew on Saturday night.
The Strictly conduct judge formerly told The Sun she had felt apart from her father after her relatives separate when she was just two.
Shirley, 57, from Liverpool said: “Growing up, we weren’t close. Over the past few years I’ve taken him for lunch. we saw him the other day. He still lives 5 mins from my mum. we venerate him but we was not a daddy’s girl.”
A source close to the former dance champ told The Sun: “Shirley and Andrew have spent some time together recently but the photo is Shirley’s open confirmation that they have now buried the hatchet.”