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Dancing with the Stars has always paired professional dancers with celebrities, to various effects. A dancer must always rely on his or her partner for success, and sometimes the celebrities who sign on have two left feet or no chemistry with the pro dancer they are paired with. While some experiences on the show are great, recently Maksim Chmerkovskiy explained the one celebrity he has a major problem with. That person is none other than professional women’s soccer player Hope Solo. Here’s what the former ABC dancer had to say about Solo:
She’s just a shitty person. Look, you know, people can be bad or good or whatever. You can have a shitty life growing up. You can have a tough upbringing. You can have history. You can have whatever. But if you are just a bad person, you know what I mean? There’s no excuse for that. She wrote a book, she lied about a bunch of stuff, I had a very tough time dealing with that.
In an interview with on the Allegedly with Theo Von and Matthew Cole Weiss podcast, Chmerkovskiy was asked to play a quick game of chuck, fuck or marry with the hosts. During the segment he had nice things to say about former partner Misty May-Treanor, but when it came to the “kill” category, he blurted out that he’d have to choose Solo before going on a mini-rant about her personality.
I would definitely kill Hope Solo.
The news shouldn’t be a huge surprise to anyone keeping up with the world of Dancing with the Stars. Several years ago, Solo actually wrote a book which claimed that Chmerkovskiy had been abusive to her during her time competing on the ABC reality competition program. The story alleged that Chmerkovskiy was “rough” and had “manhandled” her during the time they were competing together in 2011. When the story first surfaced in 2012, the two were seemingly on friendly terms, with Solo even offering to secure tickets for a USA soccer game for the professional dancer. In the time since, Chmerkovskiy has denied the allegations, but obviously still feels a little bitter about what happened.
Following the incident, Chmerkovskiy continued to perform on Dancing with the Stars for another couple of seasons. In 2014, he signed on with Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis, and capably won his first mirrorball trophy with her. Soon after, the professional dancer opted to retire from the long-running show.
Obviously, Dancing with the Stars can be a pretty stressful situation. Sometimes pro dancers are going to click with their partners and sometimes they won’t, but either way, hours and hours of dancing have to be put in, positions have to be corrected and more. It’s exhausting, it’s hard work and emotions are always running high during the competition. But as Maksim Chmerkovskiy notes, the worst thing you can be as a DWTS competitor is “shitty.”