Ben Cohen's ex calls for 'improvement' in how Strictly cares for stars' families

Abby Cohen, the ex-wife of Ben Cohen, has called for better ‘welfare’ for the families of Strictly Come Dancing stars.

Photographer Abby felt there ‘could be improvement’ on how the loved ones of contestants are looked after on the BBC show.

Former rugby player Ben separated from Abby in 2014 after 11 years of marriage, then went on to date his former Strictly dance partner Kristina Rihanoff.

Although Abby feels there ‘could be some improvement’ in welfare for contestants’ nearest and dearest, Abby insisted that ‘this is not a tragedy story’.

She told The Mirror: ‘It’s a story of recovery. I’ve put all my energy into my girls, who come first, and my job. I can give myself a pat on the back, as well as my friends and family who have supported me through a really rubbish past five years.

‘I don’t think I’m ever going to get over it. But I’m taking a new path.’

Ben and Kristina had daughter Mia in 2016 while Ben and Abby are parents to daughters Harriette and Isabelle.

Abby is now part of an online programme The Updaters as part of a team of professionals who give makeovers and change lives.

Her role is to help people create the perfect dating profile picture in a bid to find romance.

Abby previously said of The Updaters: ‘Connecting with our makeover participants is the key to this show. I know from personal experience what it’s like to hit rock bottom and it’s devastating.

‘With wonderful family and friends I’ve built myself back up… and that’s what we are trying to do with this show.

‘The show really it is about building self confidence and making lasting change in an individual.’

It also features makeup-artist Lisa Armstrong, the ex-wife of Ant McPartlin.

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