Strictly Come Dancing couple Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff have split up.

The pair, who met after they were paired on the hit BBC ballroom dancing show in 2009, said the split was ‘amicable’.

Former boxer Joe, who won world titles as a super middleweight and light heavyweight, told The Sun the couple had enjoyed ‘several terrific years together’.

He said: “She is a wonderful woman, but we have mutually and amicably decided to go our separate ways.”

Kristina will return to Strictly, now in its 11th year, when its returns to BBC One this autumn.

She said: “It is nothing but amicable, and we will have nothing but good memories and good thoughts about each other.”