“DWTS” Stars Open Up About Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Vanessa Lachey’s Status After Reported Tension
After Maksim Chmerkovskiy missed this week’s episode of Dancing With the Stars due to “personal issues,” some reports suggested that his absence was actually due to personality conflicts with dance partner Vanessa Lachey. Chmerkovskiy has since apologized to Lachey for missing the show, and now their costars have confirmed that the two are back together in the rehearsal studio.
“Maks is back. We saw him and Vanessa today in the studio,” season 25 pro Lindsay Arnold told People. “They’re excited to be together again.”
In his public apology to Lachey, Chmerkovskiy said that he took “full responsibility” for his absence, and that he and Lachey were “both looking forward to dancing for our fans next week!”
Pretty Little Liars alum and DWTS season 25 celeb Sasha Pieterse said that while the details of what caused Chmerkovskiy to miss the show weren’t clear, the partners were in fact back in action.
“I don’t know what’s going on but all I know is that he had a personal issue, a family issue,” she said. “Alan [Bersten, who filled in for Chmerkovskiy] was great and now [Chmerkovskiy and Lachey] are reunited.”
She continued: “Honestly, they’re awesome. I love them. Nick and Vanessa are awesome; so are Peta and Maks. They’re such a fun partnership.”
No one from DWTS has confirmed the reported tensions, but Lachey did tell Us Weekly that she often takes a back seat to Chmerkovskiy’s coaching on set — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “I just know that when I’m on set, he’s my coach and I’m the student, so I listen a lot more and I don’t speak up as much because this is a field I don’t know,” she said. “He’s trained me and taught me so many amazing, wonderful new things, just like any trainer would or teacher would.”
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!