COUNTDOWN’s Rachel Riley has revealed she’s routinely trolled online about her body shape and dress sense.
The 32-year-old maths whizz says she shrugs off the abuse by simply ignoring it.
Getty Images – Getty Rachel Riley revealed she routinely gets trolled online
She told The Mail On Sunday’s Event magazine: “You can have your opinions and you can share them with your friends, but why would you go online to tell a stranger something random about their appearance? I don’t get that.
“I just ignore it. No one will say that in real life and if they did I wouldn’t have much respect for them as a person.”
Rachel took over from Carol Vorderman on Countdown back in 2009 and now co-stars on the show alongside host Nick Hewer.
In 2013, she appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and became romantically involved with her partner – Russian pro dancer Pasha Kovalev who she now lives with in London.
Fame Flynet Rachel, pictured with her former Strictly partner and real life love Pasha Kovalev
Their romance coincided with the collapse of her marriage to Jamie Gilbert the same year but she disputes the idea of a ‘Strictly curse.’
Instead, she says the show “serves as a magnifying glass that shows up pre-existing fault lines”.
She tells the Mail the couple have no plans to have a baby – after last year revealing they’re also not going to tie the knot just yet either.
In an interview, she told The Express: “I am in love now. I don’t feel I have to get married.
This was my first episode in 2009, today is my 2000th! And aside from the numbers games, most of my favourite moments are too rude to type 😝 haven’t changed much! Thanks for watching our lovely little show ❤️ #tbt #countdown #special #2000 #numbers #throwbackthursday #retro #tv
Rachel Riley left red-faced over Nick Hewer’s balls talk on Countdown