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25th May 2019

Rachel Riley and Strictly’s Pasha Kovalev are expecting their first child together

Keeley Ryan

Rachel Riley has announced she is expecting her first child with Strictly Come Dancing’s Pasha Kovalev.

The Countdown presenter shared their happy news on social media on Friday – and in the most adorable way possible.

She posted a photo of herself holding her stomach and standing in front of the Countdown board, with the letters behind her spelling out maternity when they are rearranged.

She captioned the photo:

“Pash and I have a conundrum for you…you have ’til December to work it out!

“We’re over the moon excited!”

The now parents-to-be first met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013, when they were first partnered up. They got together after the series, and have been going strong since.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Pasha would be leaving Strictly Come Dancing after “eight fantastic years.”

He said in a statement:

“After scoring 93 perfect tens, reaching 4 finals and lifting 1 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  fantastic years, full of wonderful memories, thanks to the incredible partners, professionals and myriad of behind-the-scenes teams who all work to make Strictly the amazing production that it is.

“The biggest thanks go to all the members of the public who’ve supported me so much over these years. I look forward to seeing you on the Strictly Pro-Tour this spring, and for many future adventures to come.”