Lindsay Arnold and Sharna Burgess won’t be joining Dancing With the Stars this season because they’re focusing on what matters most and that is motherhood. The two pros made the announcement recently.
Lindsay took to Instagram on August 31, writing, “I wanted to let you all know that I have decided not to be a part of Dancing With the Stars this season. This has been one of the hardest decisions to make but ultimately I have chosen what I feel is best for myself and my family.”
Lindsay and her husband Sam Cusick have a 21-month-old daughter, Sage. According to her, she has no choice but to miss this season so she could stay with her daughter in California while Sam remains in Utah for work. In addition to living in different states, the couple also has plans of expanding their family.
She explained, “We exhausted every option we could think of to make it work. But at the end of the day none of the options felt good in my heart or felt like the right thing for our lives right now.”
Though she won’t be joining this season, she assured fans that the show has a special place in her heart. She said, “None of this has anything to do with my love for the show as that will NEVER change and it also doesn’t mean that this is the end for me and DWTS.”
On the other hand, Sharna welcomed her first child with Brian Austin Green in June. The 37-year-old pro shared on her Instagram Stories on August 31, “I have made the really hard decision to not to do the season this year of Dancing With the Stars. There has been a list that was released saying that I would be a pro, and I won’t be.”
According to her, she’s fit, strong, and ready to dance but she can’t commit to the time. She explained, “I’m a full-time breastfeeding mama. And not only that, I just am so in love with being a mom. As much as it was hard to say no to dancing, I have this family and this newborn at home that I may never get these moments back.”
However, she also assured fans this isn’t the end for her and the show. She teased, “I will be there in some capacity. You will see me, but it will just be in a different way.”