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Rachel Riley, 34, regularly interacts with fans on social media and it was no different when she offered heartfelt wishes to a Twitter user earlier this week. The Countdown star admitted she felt “sorry” for them, after they expressed their health concerns.

The Channel 4 favourite took to the micro-blogging site and suggested that sometimes “cats” can often be better companions than people.

Her remark came after the person in question tweeted: “Today I had to ask my mum if it was ok for me to talk about my health to her.

“I genuinely asked my own mother if it was ok if I let her know about the fact my heart may be being starved of blood, because I felt guilty not telling her even though she said she wasn’t interested.”

In view of her 666,000 followers, Rachel offered some kind words to the social media user.

The Countdown star replied: “Sometimes cats are better than people. Sorry lovely. Hope you’re ok.”

The Twitter user thanked the Channel 4 star for her support, before adding: “Animals in general are better than some (most) people. My body couldn’t of picked a worse time to need hospital services.”(sic)

Rachel replied: “Sounds like you’ve worked really hard. I hope your body takes note and gets you on an upwards curve soon.”

The social media user followed up, saying: “Bless you, thank you! Me too.”

The small-screen star is a well known cat-lover and previously gushed over her family pet .

Taking to Instagram, Rachel shared a sweet video of her feline friend giving her a massage.

The Countdown host looked as if she was in her element whilst her pet slowly prodded her tummy with its paws while pregnant last year.

“Cats are the best,” she gushed in the caption, before adding: “Baby’s first massage.”


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Rachel, who wed her long-term partner and ex Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev in Las Vegas in 2019, welcomed their first child Maven in December.

The TV personality recently shared a sweet snap alongside her daughter who sported a shirt for the mathematician’s beloved Manchester United.

The mum and baby duo beamed for the photo, as Rachel captioned the post: “No. 7 is ready for the match! Come on you reds #united #unitedfamily #matchday #mufc.”

More recently, Rachel caused a stir with a pregnancy photo as fans quizzed if she was expecting again.

In the photo, she could be seen sporting a rounder belly than usual.

But before fans could even utter the question of whether she is expecting again, Rachel dismissed the idea.

“Brand new series! @8Outof10Cats does @C4Countdown starts tonight, 9pm @Channel4. And no, before you ask, I’m not pregnant again,” she wrote.

One person commented: “I thought this was your second Rachel. I was thinking she doesn’t hang about.”

“Aw, amazing! Love a throwback photo,” another fan remarked.

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

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