Peta Murgatroyd said her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning to the U.S. after his efforts in Poland to help his native Ukraine.
The Auckland, New Zealand native, 35, took to Instagram Stories Wednesday with a brief clip in which she revealed she was headed to pick up her spouse, 42, from the airport.
‘I’m gonna go pick up my husband from the airport,’ she said, with a sigh of relief. ‘I am so excited, can’t tell you.’
The latest: Peta Murgatroyd, 35, said her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 42, is returning to the U.S. after his efforts in Poland to help his native Ukraine
The Dancing with the Stars alum, who shares son Shai, five, with Chmerkovskiy, sang, ‘Come home to me.’
In the social media clip, Murgatroyd had her blonde locks pulled back with a long-sleeved white top, earrings and a pair of sunglasses resting atop her head.
Chmerkovskiy was initially in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv to film a dance show when Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, before he made his way to Poland and later back to Los Angeles.
He subsequently returned to Poland to use his platform to help people impacted by the invasion, teaming up with businessman-humanitarian Michael Capponi’s Global Empowerment Mission and Bethenny Frankel’s BStrong foundation to help provide the people of Ukraine with aid amid the invasion from Russia.
The Auckland, New Zealand native posted a brief clip in which she revealed she was headed to pick up her spouse from the airport
In the social media clip, Murgatroyd had her blonde locks pulled back with a long-sleeved white top, earrings and a pair of sunglasses resting atop her head
The Dancing with the Stars alum, who shares son Shai, five, with Chmerkovskiy, sang, ‘Come home to me’
Murgatroyd opened up in an Instagram Stories Q&A last week as she fielded a number of questions from fans about dealing with the stressful family situation.
Murgatroyd said she had used a number of activities to channel her energy toward amid the difficult stretch, including prayer, focusing on her son, and ‘keeping Maks calm and in a place where he is still actively working on helping people but also spending time with family.’
Other activities she listed included: ‘Finding the balance. Breathing. Meditating. Talking it out to friends and family. Having gratitude for what we have here in US. We are so blessed.’
Murgatroyd, who wed Chmerkovskiy in July of 2017, said in her Q&A that while she has had her ‘anxious days’ watching her husband travel abroad amid the crisis in Ukraine, she feels ‘he made the right decision’ to return to Europe to help.
‘There wasn’t a way that he could stay and watch,’ she said. ‘I’m just proud.’
Chmerkovskiy took to Instagram earlier this month from a warehouse in Rzesow, Poland in a clip alongside businessman-humanitarian Michael Capponi, 49, whose Global Empowerment Mission is working to help the people of Ukraine amid the invasion
Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd were snapped in December in LA
Chmerkovskiy’s younger brother Val Chmerkovskiy opened up to former DWTS partner Olivia Jade Sunday about the family ordeal amid the tumultuous time
Chmerkovskiy’s younger brother Val Chmerkovskiy, appearing on Conversations With Olivia Jade Sunday, opened up about the family ordeal amid the tumultuous time.
‘My brother was in Kyiv when the invasion started, and we were all really nervous, obviously,’ Val, 36, said on the podcast. ‘He was petrified, we talked about it, and he was grateful to get out. He is now right back at the Polish border trying to do whatever he can.’
Val emphasized how he hopes the situation abroad does not get normalized in the U.S. more than a month into the invasion.
‘It’s good that we’re safe here – the privilege of living in this country – but there are a lot of our friends and family and peers that are in Ukraine right now that are, like I said, in bomb shelters,’ he said. ‘And I think we’re getting a little used to hearing that word, and we’re kinda like, “Ok cool.” No, no, no, you don’t understand what that is. That means you don’t have a home, and you have to hide in a shelter with nothing there.’