RACHEL RILEY, who is a maths whizz on Channel 4 show Countdown, spoke out about an awkward moment in which her boyfriend Pasha Kovalev wrapped her christmas present in a towel.
Countdown star Rachel Riley, 32, said Pasha Kovalev, 38, forgot to wrap a gift for her and opted for a towel instead of wrapping paper. Rachel recalled the moment on the Channel 4 show today after her co-host Nick Hewer, 74, spoke out about a service who charge £140 to help people wrap their presents properly. Alerting Rachel about the news, he asked her for her thoughts. She said: “I don’t want to get a battle of the sexes going but I think women tend to do a lot of the gift wrapping.
“Of all the people I know, the husbands kind of pass on the family presents and the girls do it.”
Seemingly shocked by her comment, Nick replied: “I wrapped your present up.”
Rachel then reflected on the awkward gift moment from Pasha, telling Nick: “I did get a present once from Pasha and he did forget to wrap it, which doesn’t bother me… so he just found whatever he could wrap it with and he just wrapped it in a towel.”
During a recent instalment, Rachel also revealed she gets away with having a rest at Christmas as her partner doesn’t celebrate Christmas.
She said: “Well I get away with it because Russians don’t do Christmas, they do New Year.”
“You get two,” Nick replied, referring to Russian-born Pasha’s tradition.
“He gives me Christmas presents and you can see what kind of size and what kind of level they’ve gone to.
Rachel went on: “We’re both January birthdays as well so it’s kind of all at once. If we want something, we get it.”