TV and Showbiz / 18-12-2019

Rachel Riley welcomes baby girl named Maven with husband Pasha Kovalev

Rachel Riley has welcomed a baby girl named Maven Aria Riley with her husband Pasha Kovalev.

The Countdown host revealed her daughter was two weeks' overdue, but after 'keeping them waiting' she arrived so quickly she had to be delivered in their bathroom at home.

The TV personality, 33, shared a number of sweet snaps of the couple gazing adoringly at their little girl, posing in front of their Christmas tree at home.

Rachel Riley welcomes baby girl named Maven with husband Pasha Kovalev

Baby joy: Rachel Riley has welcomed a baby girl named Maven Aria Riley with her husband Pasha Kovalev over the weekend

She wrote: '2 weeks after we were expecting her this little one finally made an appearance!

'Miss Maven (one who understands) Aria (lioness) Riley Kovaleva arrived on Sunday morning weighing in at 7lbs 4.

'After keeping us waiting she came so quickly we didn’t have a chance to get to the hospital and was born in our bathroom with our amazing doula and wonderful St Mary’s midwives rushing over to be with us in to be nick of time!

She wrote: '2 weeks after we were expecting her this little one finally made an appearance!'

'She’s absolutely perfect and Pasha and I are in newborn bliss. Couldn’t be more in love ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #newborn #babygirl #maven #baby'.

Rachel looks over the moon with their new arrival, who was clad in a sweet knitted onesie in rainbow colours to match her own outfit. 

Doting dad Pasha is seen lovingly cradling the little girl in another heartwarming image.

Sweet: Doting dad Pasha is seen lovingly cradling the little girl in another heartwarming image

Rachel made her pregnancy news public in May, putting Countdown set to good use for the announcement.

Posing in front of a board of letters, which spelt out 'r tiny mate', which is an anagram for 'maternity', she placed her hands on her blossoming baby bump. 

She captioned it with: 'Pash and I have a conundrum for you...you have till December to work it out! We’re over the moon excited.' 

Mother-to-be: Rachel made her pregnancy news public in May, putting Countdown set to good use for the announcement

The mathematician started dating Strictly professional Pasha when they met and were partnered on the show five years ago in 2013, they went official in 2014. 

Rachel ended her 16-month marriage to James Gilbert three months into the series, they had met while studying at the University of Oxford.   

While the pair rarely share details of their romance, Rachel admitted that she wasn't looking for a relationship when she met the ballroom star in an interview with The Sun in 2018. 

The star divulged: 'I can only speak for myself but if I had seen on paper that I would have ended up with a ballroom dancer from Russia - we didn’t even speak the same language growing up, I liked football and maths - it doesn’t really work.' 

She continued: 'But I guess it’s about personality and we just found we get on really well and we have a good relationship.'

Love at first dance: Rachel ended her 16-month marriage to James Gilbert three months into Strictly in 2013, she then started dating professional Pasha after meeting on the show (pictured in 2013) 

Rachel went on: 'He didn’t go to uni, we didn’t watch any of the same programmes but were we have our differences... it’s interesting. You don’t need to like the same stuff.'

Also in 2018, months before falling pregnant, the Oxford graduate shared she’s not quite ready to become a mother yet.

‘All my friends are getting pregnant at the moment. That’s good for them, but it’s currently not on my radar,’ she said in an exclusive interview in today’s Mail on Sunday Event magazine.  

While she also went on to reveal in 2018: 'I am in love now. I don't feel I have to get married. I don't think I need that pressure any more. 

'I don't worry about getting married or whether he is taking a long time in the morning or whether he has done the dishes. That does not really bother me in the long term. I feel settled.'

She added about motherhood: 'I don't see myself with or without children - whatever will be, will be.' 

Smitten: While the pair rarely share details of their romance, Rachel admitted that she wasn't looking for a relationship when she met the ballroom star 



18-12-2019 04:00, source: dailymail, by James Foster
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