Rachel Riley has revealed that she’s learning Russian for her
The Countdown star, 33, revealed all during an interview on Saturday night’s forthcoming The Jonathan Ross Show as she admitted her struggle to speak her boyfriend’s native language.
Rachel, who met Pasha when they were paired together on Strictly in 2013, told host Jonathan: ‘I am learning Russian, I’m doing it with an online app, it’s really homemade with Clip Art from the nineties to explain stuff. It teaches you how kids learn.
Language of love: Rachel Riley has revealed she’s learning Russian for her Strictly Come Dancing star partner Pasha Kovalev on The Jonathan Ross Show
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‘My spelling is absolutely appalling but you pick it up as you go. The first thing I learnt was [the Russian for] “Give me a kiss” and then from the app you learn things like ‘I open the window with a crowbar.”
She continued: ‘Pasha’s friends are mostly Russian and they were brought up in Soviet Russia and now they’ve come to mostly the States. We go on holiday with them and his mum and his brother as well.
‘The first time I met the boys, I spoke no Russian at all. It’s really disconcerting, a bunch of 30-something boys talking and giggling and drinking and I have no idea what they’re talking about.’
The mathematician also revealed how the couple’s mothers communicate, despite neither of them speaking the other’s language.
Loved up: The Countdown star, 33, admitted her struggle to speak the native language of her dancer boyfriend, 39 (pictured together in August 2015)
Chat: The TV personality appears on Saturday night’s show alongside (L-R host Jonathan Ross, actor Ralph Fiennes, singer Lizzo and comedian Jack Whitehall)
She explained: ‘We’ve had them together on holiday and the mums just get together and they just look at cat videos on YouTube. The universal language of cat videos.’
During the chat with host Jonathan, 58, Rachel also discussed the social media backlash she received last year after becoming embroiled in the debate about antisemitism within the Labour party.
At the time, the TV star was forced to receive extra security on the Countdown set after being bombarded with abuse from Labour supporters following her critique of the party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn.
She said: ‘It was kind of accidental and snowballed exponentially. I am Jewish as far as my mum is Jewish.
Abuse: Rachel also discussed the backlash she received last year after becoming embroiled in the debate about antisemitism within the Labour party
Shock: The star received extra security on the Countdown set after being bombarded with abuse from Labour supporters following her critique of the party and leader Jeremy Corbyn
‘I’m proud of my heritage, I’m an atheist Jew so I’m not practicing, I don’t believe anything. I’m not political.
‘I’m interested so I follow the news and I follow everything that’s happening in America and I’m concerned at the state of the world but I wasn’t political.
‘I just noticed this creeping anti Jewish stuff going into the press and coming into conversations with people, friends and I just thought it was weird.
‘I did one tweet and the amount of abuse I got then, [for example people were saying] “You’re being paid by someone, what’s your agenda? Who is making you say this it’s a lie? You’re just trying to smear, it isn’t really happening”.’
She continued: ‘At the same time as I got all of this abuse which was shocking, I got all these people coming forward really grateful that I’d said anything because they’d been doing this…
Saying goodbye: Rachel’s appearance on the ITV chat show comes just weeks after Pasha quit Strictly after eight years to concentrate on a ‘new challenge’ (pictured with Rachel in 2013)
‘Shouting into the ether for three years and the more I did a couple of tweets, the more abuse you get, the more attention you get and the more stories you get and the more people you meet who are really suffering.’
Rachel’s appearance on the ITV chat show comes just weeks after her boyfriend, 39, quit Strictly Come Dancing after eight years to concentrate on a ‘new challenge’.
He tweeted in February this year: ‘After scoring 93 perfect tens, reaching 4 finals lifting 1 glitter ball, it’s time for me to find a new challenge and so I’ve decided to make last year – my final season on Strictly.’
Rachel, who called time on her 15-month marriage to James Gilbert three months into her stint on the dance show, previously revealed her uneasiness about watching her other half dancing with attractive partners,
When asked about the famous ‘Strictly curse’, she said to
The Jonathan Ross Show airs Saturday at 9.30pm on ITV.