‘Dancing With the Stars’ Partners Gleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova Officially Divorced
Gleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova have divorced over a year after announcing their separation in November 2020. The couple’s judgment was signed on Friday, October 22, sealing their divorce according to court documents obtained. Neither of the ex-wives has claimed spousal support, and they will continue to share joint legal and physical custody of their daughters, Olivia, 10, and Zlata, 4.
Samodanova was awarded ownership of Pro Dance L.A., the business she previously created with Savchenko, 38. On the other hand, the Dancing With the Stars star will pay his ex-wife a total of $291,430 or $2,800 per month for eight years upon selling their old family home in Los Angeles.
“My No. 1 concern right now [is] and always will be my girls and minimizing the impact of this divorce on them,” Savchenko exclusively told Us in a statement on Wednesday, October 27. “Relationships don’t always work out, and this is one of those situations.”
“Elena and I agreed to work together to end the marriage with grace and be amicable to one another,” he continued. “As co-parents, we pledge to shield our daughters from our differences, to promote their connections with one another, and to continue to prioritize their growth and development.”
The former couple married in July 2006 and welcomed Olivia and Zlata in 2011 and 2017, respectively, before splitting up last October. Savchenko stated earlier this year that the twosome had split “many times” before making their official announcement. “I tried my hardest to make it work, and she tried her hardest to make it work,” he stated in July on Jana Kramer‘s “Whine Down” podcast. “When the energy isn’t there, there’s absolutely nothing holding you together — just kids.” That’s the end of it.”
When the news of the couple’s breakup made headlines, speculation arose about the condition of Savchenko’s relationship with his then-DWTS partner, Chrishell Stause. Both have denied that they are anything more than pals.
“My connection with Chrishell was and continues to be entirely platonic,” the Russian ballroom pro told Us in November 2020. “Our friendship during our DWTS season was not the cause of our breakup. Elena and I have had marital problems for a long time. This has been a recurring issue between Elena and myself, compounded by bad timing.”
The Selling Sunset actress, 40, stated on social media at the time that she was “very upset” by Savchenko’s divorce. “It’s sad that this has sparked suspicions about my personal life.” “Having gone through a public divorce myself, I would not wish this on anyone,” Stause wrote, who divorced Justin Hartley earlier this year.
During an Instagram Q&A in August, Samodanova appeared to dig at the former soap opera star. When questioned about her “thoughts and feelings” about Savchenko’s season 29 DWTS partner, she responded, “Chrishell, WHO?” Though their divorce was acrimonious, the couple appeared to have turned a corner when it came to co-parent. In March, Savchenko, who is presently dating model Elena Belle, described his relationship with Samodanova as “very wonderful.”
“My ex-wife, Elena, and I split custody of the kids 50/50.” “The daughters are with me for five days with her for five days,” he said at the time to Entertainment Tonight. “We’re attempting to move on and become friends, and we’re coparenting together. We get along nicely.”
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