Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy of ‘DWTS’ Welcome Baby Boy
Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy of DWTS will have to extend their partner dances into three-man affairs: The couple just announced the birth of their son, Shai Aleksander.
Murgatroyd and Chmerkovskiy, who got engaged in 2015 after dating for three years, confirmed to People that Shai was born just after 5 AM this morning (January 4) in New York City. Chmerkovskiy had previously shared images of Murgatroyd in a hospital bed applying makeup leading followers to believe the baby’s birth was just around the corner.
“This is, without a doubt, the best thing that has ever happened to us!” the couple said in a statement.
Neither will return to DWTS for Season 24, according to People, as they’ll be taking some time off to spend time with Shai. Chmerkovskiy made his debut on the show in 2006’s Season 2, while Murgatroyd began in Season 12 in 2011.
Chmerkovskiy previously told the magazine paternity leave is a luxury he never presumed he’d have.
“I come from a dirt broke family. I just started to be able to afford things in 2005 when [DWTS] started,” he said. “For me to be able to take time off in this way…[to have] what we have to enjoy and be proud of, that’s anybody’s dream.”
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