Maksim Chmerkovskiy ‘Excited’ to Be Sharing New Fatherhood Journey With Brother Val Chmerkovskiy (Exclusive)
“I’m excited that we’re new parents again together,” Maks gushed to ET’s Denny Directo on Tuesday, backstage at Dancing With the Stars’ Most Memorable Year Night. “I’m ecstatic about the life we get to live. … You know that the situation that the world is in. I mean, if you’re not counting your blessings when you can, you just need to look around.”
Maks and spouse Peta Murgatroyd had purpose to have a good time in June as they welcomed their second little one, a son named Rio. The infant’s arrival got here six years after the start of their first little one, son Shai, in January 2017 and their marriage later that 12 months. Coincidentally, the age distinction between Maks and Val can be six years.
Meanwhile, Val turned a first-time dad with spouse Jenna Johnson in January when she gave start to their son, Rome.
“I’m now taking advice from them,” Maks joked, noting that it has been some time since he is been within the trenches of new child life.
“I had to clean up some baby formula from my shoulder,” he quipped. “I forgot what that was like for a little bit. But, you know, we’re back at it.”
He additionally shared that the couple is already serious about including to their rising brood, saying that they are “looking to expand the fam” sooner or later.
“We’re definitely not saying we’re done,” he mentioned, noting that he and Peta are additionally targeted on their newly launched Maks & Peta market and skincare line.
“It was a lot, and I think we had to kind of remove the emotion for a little bit and just structurally be like, ‘How do we accomplish this?'” Johnson recalled of the dance — which included previous and current professionals, together with Kym Johnson-Herjavec, Tony Dovolani, Anna Trebunskaya, Edyta Śliwińska, Karina Smirnoff, Mark Ballas, Louis van Amstel, and Derek and Julianne Hough.
“This was like our love letter to him,” she added. “And I have to thank all of the dancers for making it come to life because it was just really more than I ever could have imagined.”
Val additionally spoke with ET in regards to the emotional routine.
“It was a great honor to be given that opportunity. The dance choreographed itself. I think it was kind of like keeping it simple, staying out of the way,” Val defined. “You have incredible dancers, masters of their craft. I just wanted to make sure that I kind of set the stage for them to do what they do. There’s also power in synchronicity and being together and both Jen and I wanted that piece to read less of like these personal nods to Len but rather this kind of collective moment where we can all pay respect to a man that has done a lot for the dance community.”
In honor of Goodman — who died in April at age 78 after serving as a choose on DWTS for almost its whole historical past — the present revealed that the enduring DWTS trophy could be renamed in his reminiscence because the Len Goodman Memorial Mirrorball Trophy.
Dancing With the Stars airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC and Disney+.