Kristina – who now shares a child with current boyfriend Ben Cohen – enjoyed a five-year romance with Corky, who is almost 20 years her senior.She said to the Mail Online in 2009 after their split: “I got offered the chance to do this [Strictly] in London so it was doomed.Kristina, 39, quit Strictly in 2015 to start a family but Shirley has insisted she would be happy to see her return in the future. I have no issues with anybody being on the show at all.”Shirley joined Strictly as the new head judge – replacing Len Goodman on the panel.And with just two weeks before the first live show, she has warned the celebrities she will not accept poor performances.He then became blonde bombshell Kristina’s dance teacher – who is almost 20 years her senior – in 2003, with the pair dating for the following five years.Kristina is now with Ben Cohen, who she met on Strictly, with the pair sharing a child together.How could we have kept that going when he was in LA and I was here?
She reckons “girl power” will mean she and Darcey Bussell are the ones in control.Shirley said: “I am coming in with extremely high standards.They have to stand on their feet strongly and have great balance and musicality.However, Shirley has now spoken out about what happened – and it seems she’s let bygones be bygones as she prepares to take over the coveted role for the new season."I've had lunch with Kristina," the 56 year old to the Daily Star Sunday. I love people." And following the show’s much-awaited return on Saturday, Shirley added she would have no problem with Kristina, 39, re-joining the professional cast anytime soon. I have no issues with anybody being on the show at all." Strictly Come Dancing 2017 sees the likes of Ruth Langsford and Gemma Atkinson putting their dancing skills to the test against Aston Merrygold and Mollie King amongst others – click here to see all the celebs arrive at the launch Shirley was previously married to Sammy Stopford, after meeting him at the age of just 17.She told the Daily Star Sunday she has “no issues” with Kristina these days. Years later, she mentored boxer Joe Calzaghe on the show and ended up dating him.