Dancing with the Stars coach Peta Murgatroyd is happy to have her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy safe at home after his harrowing journey out of Ukraine, but says that they remain devastated by what’s happening to his home country.
The professional dancer reflected on the war in a video posted to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday, tearfully confiding to her followers, “This is continually breaking my heart.” She continued, “I’m struggling to get through some days. Sometimes I have great days, other days I have terrible days because I just can’t get this out of my head. I’ve walked those streets, I’ve been there. It is such a beautiful country. And the children that are dying right now…” Murgatroyd also urged her followers to go watch the footage she shared on her Instagram feed of the bombings currently taking place in Ukraine.
The TV personality went on to point out that “just because” her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy is “home for now” after fleeing Kyiv doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about trying to help those stuck back in his native country. She explained that Chmerkovskiy’s safety “does not mean that we aren’t continually doing stuff to try to help, and we aren’t continually thinking about what’s going on there every single day. Please be aware of that.”
Earlier this month, upon Chmerkovskiy’s return to Los Angeles, the dancer also expressed how relieved she was to have their family back together again. “I never thought our family would be directly affected by this in our lifetime,” she wrote on social media at the time alongside an image of the two of them embracing at the airport. “I never thought what we are seeing on our TVs was a reality in 2022. I have never hugged him so tight. Shaking and forever grateful.” She concluded, “Now it’s time to heal. We cannot go back to our normal. Our lives are forever changed. We have a new normal, and that’s ok.”
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