Strictly’s Pasha Kovalev only felt ready for children after meeting Rachel Riley

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Pasha Kovalev has admitted that he only felt “ready” to start a family after “quite a few years” as he reflected on becoming a dad in his forties.

Pasha, 42, met wife 36 year old Rachel Riley on the BBC show in 2013. The pair married in 2019 and are now proud parents of two little girls – four month old baby daughter Noa and her older sister Maven, two.

Speaking during an appearance on ITV morning show Lorraine, Pasha beamed as he spoke about his family and how having his daughters has completely changed his life.

Pasha told host Lorraine Kelly: “I never knew how much I love having kids.

“I'm a late father, it took me quite a few years to arrive to the place where I was actually ready for kids.”

The dancer continued to reflect on his and Countdown star Rachel’s close family unit, as he sweetly described them as his favourite people..

He added: “Now it’s the best thing, I enjoy it tremendously and I think we have a beautiful little family going on.”

This comes after Pasha and Rachel made a joint appearance on ITV’s Loose Women where adorable baby Noa made her TV debut.

As the panel, including anchor Ruth Langsford and Denise Welch, cooed over the cute tot, the couple took the chance to reveal more about their family life.

The besotted couple spoke about being parents to two under twos and Maven’s reaction to becoming a big sister.

Pasha explained to the panel and viewers at home: “She’s loving it. There is a little bit of jealousy going on, but we’re trying to balance it and we’re trying to make her feel like she’s very special.”

Rachel then joked about her two girls: “You can see the odd cuddle that turns into a headlock!”

Loose Women viewers loved seeing the trio on their screens, as they flocked to social media to say how sweet baby Noa is.

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One fan wrote: “What beautiful babies Rachel and Pasha produce #loosewomen.”

While a second added: “@RachelRileyRR and her husband on #Loosewomen with their new baby girl. I certainly will not be counting down to the end of this interview!”

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