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Dancing with the Stars' Peta Murgatroyd reveals miscarriage while husband was in Ukraine


She and husband Maks Chmerkovskiy have had multiple pregnancy losses.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd share their experiences with pregnancy loss.David Livingston / Getty Images

By Meghan Holohan

A few months ago, Peta Murgatroyd collapsed on the floor and called 911. The 35-year-old Dancing with the Stars performer had recently tested positive for COVID-19, which had drained her strength and caused breathing problems. At the hospital, she learned something surprising — she was pregnant. But she immediately discovered the devastating news that she had miscarried, she told People.

"I ultimately had no idea (I was pregnant), which in hindsight was better for my recovery because I didn’t have that super joyous moment of, ‘I’m pregnant again!’" Murgatroyd told People. “I just had the moment of, ‘You lost it.’"

Harder still, husband, Maks Chmerkovskiy, 42, was in Ukraine and on the phone when the doctor delivered the news. Chmerkovskiy — who also dances on the reality competition — only heard the positive pregnancy test and felt elated before realizing they had lost the baby. Murgatroyd believes that COVID-19 made it tough for her to support the pregnancy.  

"I felt like I was dying, but then I obviously knew what happened," she told People. "It was just all too much for my body."

The couple shares son Shai, 5, and hoped for a younger sibling for him. Murgatroyd reveals she has experienced two prior miscarriages in the past two years. The first occurred in a grocery store in fall 2020 and it sparked many complicated emotions.

"I was completely embarrassed, ultimately ashamed. I didn’t even know how to utter the words and have that sentence come out of my mouth: I had a miscarriage," Murgatroyd said. "I’m somebody who prides herself on health wellness. I exercise every single day. But as I came to realize, that doesn’t really go hand-in-hand with the reproductive system."

Murgatroyd lost her second pregnancy nine months later and when she told Chmerkovskiy she "heard him get really upset."

"I never thought that two healthy, athletic people could be in a predicament like this. It’s a lot to process," Chmerkovskiy told People.

“I honestly just got sick of hiding it. I found it was harder to conceal this secret than just ‘say it how it was’ so to speak. It became harder for me to keep a happy face on,” Murgatroyd said in an Instagram post about the story. “The first time I let it out of my mouth to a colleague I felt strangely better, like a piece of shame had chipped away. So I found the more people I told, the better I felt. I came to realize that there is nothing shameful about it.”  

Murgatroyd said she has polycystic ovary syndrome, an endocrine condition that can contribute to infertility, among other symptoms. The couple is now working with fertility specialists and plan to undergo in vitro fertilization.

“For the first time in nearly two years, I feel excited,” Murgatroyd said. “I’m in a much happier place.”

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Peta Murgatroyd Breaks Down Her 'DWTS' Return After IVF Journey

Prioritizing her personal and professional career. After a devastating update in her IVF journey, Peta Murgatroyd opened up about why now was the perfect time to compete on Dancing With the Stars.

“So much has been going on in the past year and a half with [my husband] Maks [Chmerkovskiy] and myself and our family. Maks was in Ukraine with the war and then me with constant miscarriages and now one failed IVF. I just took it upon myself to really sort of go back to my roots,” Murgatroyd, 36, told Us Weekly on Thursday, September 8, about joining season 31 alongside partner Jason Lewis. “After this first IVF failed, I was like, ‘What do I wanna do? Where am I happiest? So, I can get through this and just feel good about life.’ And I realized that I’ve just really missed dancing and I’ve kind of just come back into it and fell back into it.”

Peta Murgatroyd Michael Simon/Startraks

For the choreographer, returning to the hit competition series has been the “best decision” for her. “I’m not stressing now about ‘Oh my God, am I pregnant?’ The constant worry about when the second baby is going to come … I think it’s taken my mind off it and I’m doing what I love with a great guy.”

Murgatroyd also teased that she was a huge fan of Sex and the City before being paired off with Lewis, 51.

“I’ve seen every episode dozens of times. [I’ve watched] the movies and the newest [show] that came out [And Just Like That]. I was pretty stoked because, I mean, look at the hunk of Sex and the City. Everybody would give their right arm to dance with him,” she shared, referring to the actor who played Jerry “Smith” Jerrod on the HBO series. “I was just so fortunate though. When I met him, he was a nice guy [and] humble. There’s no ego. He’s nice and he’s dedicated. He wants to be here with me and work through everything and give his time to me. So everything just aligned and it’s a really nice surprise.”

The professional dancer noted the one downside to rejoining DWTS was missing her son’s first day of school. “It was the only thing that could take me away. I couldn’t really get out of this one. So I’m happy to be here though,” Murgatroyd, who shares 5-year-old son Shai with her husband, 42, explained. “Obviously it was pretty sad in some instances, but we’re getting through it. We’re good.”

Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy with their child Shai Aleksander Chmerkovskiy. CAROLINE BREHMAN/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The New Zealand native gushed about how Chmerkovskiy handled their little one’s major milestone, saying, “He’s such a proud daddy right now. He’s on full daddy duty. There are no nannies and no grandparents around. It’s all him right now. So he’s doing a really good job.”

Murgatroyd’s return to the DWTS stage comes after she opened up in June about suffering three miscarriages in two years. That same month, the TV personality started to document her IVF journey on social media.

“Let’s normalize the conversations surrounding miscarriages and IVF and create an environment that is more comfortable for all women ❤️,” she wrote via Instagram at the time. “I love sharing stuff with you all, and well….this is me being as transparent as possible.”

Late last month, Murgatroyd discussed her planned IVF transfer, writing, “I promised you all that I would be open and honest. I had times where I was unsure of that decision throughout my IVF journey and even more so after we got the news that our transfer did not work. But going back on my word after being such an open book wouldn’t be right.”

She continued: “Life is funny though. When you think you got it figured out, it slaps you in the face and makes you start over. I keep learning that ‘Gods plans will always be more beautiful than all your disappointments’ … I have to keep believing that.”

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Evgenia Tolstaya - Russian dancer, winner of international tournaments, children's coach. Thanks to the charm and charisma, the woman got on the TV project "Dancing with the Stars" on the channel "Russia-1". Now she skillfully combines her professional career with the filming of the show.

Childhood and youth

Evgenia Tolstaya was born in Moscow on April 19, 1986 years old. Mother worked as a deputy director of the Art-master studio, and in the future this made life much easier for the dancer, since costumes for performances could be sewn right there.

Tolstaya started training at the age of 7 in the ballroom dance studio at the school, although at that time she did not think about her professional biography. A conscious attitude to classes appeared in Evgenia in the 5th grade, when the girl moved to a stronger team.

In 2008, the girl received her higher education at the Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism.


In September 2008 Evgenia started her career performing in pair with Nikolay Govorov under the guidance of Yulia Spesivtseva and Evgeny Ryupin. Foreigners Hannes Emrich and Mirko Gozzoli also worked with them. In addition, the dancers studied choreography with Natalya Nikolaevna Ershova in order to better feel their body. Since then, Russians have taken part in the Autumn Star competition, the Great Catherine's Ball, the Winter Star, and the Empire Cup. Already at the level of amateurs, young people won the RTS championships and became vice-champions of the world.

The year 2010 was especially important for the dancers, when they won the Moscow Region Star competition, took 2nd place in the Tica Tica Cup and 3rd place in the MOTL Open Championship and the Friendship Cup.

In 2015, Evgenia Tolstaya and Nikolai Govorov became the winners of the European Championship in ten dances among professionals, losing the championship in jive to the Italian couple Giuseppe Esposito - Roberta Lodato, and in the Viennese waltz - to the Russians Dmitry Nakostenko and Alina Oshchepkova. In other dances, the couple showed the best results.

In the same year, Evgeniya and Nikolai became fifth in Latin at the Professional Rising Star Ballroom in England and fulfilled their dream of dancing at the Albert Hall. They also took part in the World Cup together with Evgeny Smagin, Polina Kazachenko, Valentin Voronov and other masters from Russia, the USA, Europe and Asia.

In 2016, the duo presented rumba at the European Championship among professionals. Nikolai Govorov admitted that this is his favorite dance.

In 2018, Tolstaya and Govorov took 15th place at the WDC World Championship in European Dance, which took place in the Kremlin Palace. 47 dance duets from Russia, USA, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Poland, China, Japan and African countries took part in the competition.

In 2019, the couple received awards from WDC President Donnie Burns at the annual gala in Blackpool. In the same year, they took part in the World Championship in Yekaterinburg, organized by the Russian Dance Union and the government of the Sverdlovsk region. The competition program included samba, paso doble, rumba, waltzes, tango, quickstep and cha-cha-cha.

In November 2020, the duet of Tolstoy and Govorov, together with their students, participated in the International Dance Festival at the Severnaya Zvezda Sports Palace in St. Petersburg. Photos from the competition appeared on Evgenia's Instagram page.

On December 19, 2020, the “World Cup of European and Latin American dances among professionals” was held in the Kremlin. The participants presented numbers to live music performed by the group of the Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Georgy Musheev "Seven Winds". Nikolai Govorov and Evgenia Tolstaya fought Artemy and Marina Katashinsky, Sergey Sutyrin and Natalya Sazhina, Fedor Isaev and Anna Zudilina, and many others at this tournament.

Dancing with the Stars

January 17, 2021 saw the premiere of the new season of Dancing with the Stars. Tolstaya danced in tandem with rapper Alexander ST Stepanov. In the past, the musician was engaged in break dancing, although he admitted that this was not enough to win the competition. The man praised his partner girl in every possible way, who “pulled out” the numbers.

Their joint performance, combining elements of hip-hop and ballroom dancing, delighted jury member Nikolai Tsiskaridze. In an interview, Stepanov admitted that he did not tell his friends about participating in the show, fearing condemnation. The couple gained a lot of fans, but did not manage to reach the final.

Personal life

The dancer managed to combine professional and personal life. In 2014, Evgenia married partner Nikolai Govorov. Their feelings arose soon after the start of joint classes. A man proposed at The Shard restaurant after a tournament in England. For the wedding, they rented a small institution in the suburbs, celebrating the event at home with family members. International class dancer Mikhail Shchepkin acted as the toastmaster.

The couple admitted that they fully correspond to the descriptions of their zodiac signs. Evgenia, like Aries, is stubborn and fights to the end, it is impossible to argue with her. And Nikolai, like Gemini, is changeable, the mood of a man changes several times a day.

Tolstaya called Greece the best holiday destination, her favorite film is The Devil Wears Prada, she admired the actress Marilyn Monroe. In her free time, the dancer enjoys cooking and skating.

Evgenia Tolstaya now

Evgenia skillfully combined her professional activities with the filming of the 13th season of the Dancing with the Stars project, which premiered in the winter of 2022. This time, her partner was the famous showman Vladimir Marconi. The popular show attracted celebrities such as Dmitry Kharatyan and Maria Mironova. Among the young stars Vanya Dmitrienko was designated. And the duets' dancing abilities were to be judged by the regulars of the project. True, a new face appeared among the jury - the chance to decide the fate of the participants fell to the choreographer Vladimir Varnava.

Interesting facts

  • In 2016, Tolstaya and Govorov acted as coaches, representing Nikolai Kalinin and Evgenia Telitsyna at the Moscow Championship among beginner dancers. In addition, now the duet is preparing thirty other couples and sixty soloists in their own club "Asteria".
  • Eugenia's favorite dance is the foxtrot, and her idol is Edita Daniute.
  • The dancer trains every day, working out two different programs in the morning and in the evening.

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I'm watching the show "Dancing with the Stars", there is a musician from Krasnoyarsk Vanya Dmitrienko. Never heard of him. Who is he and how did he get on the show?

16-year-old singer Vanya Dmitrienko became the youngest participant in the show "Dancing with the Stars" for 13 years of the project, which started on the channel "Russia-1" on Sunday, January 16th. Vanya's partner is 24-year-old dancer and choreographer Lyubina Kuznetsova. In his profile, he described himself as follows: “I was born in a very beautiful city of Krasnoyarsk, and now I live in Moscow. I could have become an actor, but I became a musician." And he admitted that he had no musical education, and he learned to play the guitar, piano and other instruments on his own. At the age of 15 he gave his first solo concert in Moscow.

As for the young couple's first performance on the floor, the jury members (it included Daria Zlatopolskaya, Vladimir Varnava, Egor Druzhinin and Nikolai Tsiskaridze) gave her only 29 points. This is the lowest rating among the participants. But a lot depends on the audience, who can vote to support the couple.

Recall that Vanya Dmitrienko previously became the youngest owner of the Golden Gramophone, as well as one of the 20 most successful and talented performers of 2021 according to Russian MTV. For a year, the young musician managed to release his hit "Venus - Jupiter" and perform with him in the "Evening Urgant" program, participated in the recording of the tribute album of the Tatu group with famous performers and headed the music chats.

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