That determination saw Kovalev and Garnis leave Russia in 2001 to further opportunities in America.“I felt a little bit stuck back in Russia,” he explains.

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The 35-year-old Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer told the Daily Express Online exclusively he is 'having a good time' with blonde beauty Rachel.

During an interview about his tour, the Russian dancer admitted he was dating his series 11 celebrity partner Rachel and enjoying time together with her.

His most memorable series was in 2007, when he and wife Ola were partnered with Gabby and Kenny Logan, meaning two married couples competed against each other.

He reached the final twice, with Pamela Stephenson and Denise Van Outen, but exited early last year with Vanessa Feltz.

“It was quite difficult to get good coaches and develop your skills further.

I was following my dance career and following my dream.“I really liked what was going on on the stage,” he remembers.“It was winter, but it was a totally different world, going on stage – and there were lots of pretty girls there.” He admits it was never his intention to appear on television, only to focus on his dancing and become the best he could be in his field."When asked if he was used to living his life in the public eye and dating a celebrity, Pasha admitted it was rather strange to him.He said: "I guess people want to know [about his private life] for some reason.Rarely speaking about their relationship, Pasha's revelations about having a 'good time' with Rachel will no doubt be welcomed by the scores of Strictly fans eager to know more.