‘DWTS’ Recap: Nancy Kerrigan cries about her 6 miscarriages: ‘It makes you feel like a failure’
“Most memorable year” night on “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday inspired multiple emotional moments for the celebrities.
Sadly, Mr. T was eliminated after sharing his story of beating cancer. And ice skater Nancy Kerrigan made a shocking revelation that she’d had six miscarriages in eight years.
Kerrigan told the cameras that she’d always wanted three kids by the time she was 30 – just like her own mom. But after she and husband Jerry Solomon had son Matthew, they found it difficult to conceive a second time. Eight long years went by, in which Kerrigan suffered six miscarriages.
Eyes filling with tears, Kerrigan told her dance partner Artem Chigvintsev in rehearsal, “It’s pretty awful. You feel guilty, like what did you do wrong? It makes you feel like a failure.
“It almost felt shameful ’cause I couldn’t do it on my own,” she sobbed.
Kerrigan was determined to have more kids, so she and Solomon underwent in vitro fertilization. They had a second son, Brian, and later a daughter, Nicole.
The ice skater, who earned a score of 33 out of 40 on Monday night for her foxtrot with Chigvintsev, told co-host Erin Andrews of having her family of three children at last, “I just had this vision of what I wanted in life…I didn’t want to give up. It was a difficult journey.”
Kerrigan finished fourth place, while football player Rashad Jennings and partner Emma Slater wowed the judges and crowd with their contemporary routine that earned 39, the highest score of the season.
Jennings told about his troubled relationship with his father Albert, a good provider who had an alcohol problem. After Albert had a stroke and diabetes, he had to have his legs amputated.
Jennings had been offered college football scholarships at the time, but immediately went home to care for his family during the dark time.
At the end of the dance, Jennings hugged his wheelchair-bound father as his mother and the rest of the “DWTS” audience gave them a standing ovation.
Afterwards, Jennings told FOX411 that Albert had given up alcohol and now, “We’re the best friends and have so much fun with each other.” Still, he admitted reliving their struggle onstage was “raw, real, authentic.
“This was so much more than a dance. This was truly my emotions.”
Gymnast Simone Biles finished third on the night with a 36 score as she told fans how she was adopted by her grandparents in 2000. Her biological mother was suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and “she was in and out of jail.”
Biles cried on camera, “I do remember always being hungry and afraid.”
She was placed in foster care at 3 years old and then, her grandparents “saved” her through adoption.
For “Glee” star Heather Morris, the most memorable year was 2015, when she married her husband Taylor Hubbell. She told the cameras that “he keeps me grounded.”
Morris was still dancing with Alan Bersten as regular partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy is still nursing his calf injury.
Morris, who earned 35 for foxtrot, said she avoided watching the TV footage of the other celebrities’ emotional stories before she danced: “I left the room until mine was done and then afterwards, I was like, I can cry now. I’m not having to perform.”
Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei’s bandmates showed up to sing during her rumba performance with Val Chmerkovskiy, and she tied with bull rider Bonner Bolton and his partner Sharna Burgess with 32 points.
Bolton told reporters afterwards how hard it was rehashing last year’s accident in which a bull threw him and he wound up paralyzed with a broken neck. Miraculously, Bolton recovered.
After the show, Bolton, who has been rumored to be in a romance with Burgess (they say they’re just friends), put his arm around her when she shivered on the outdoor press red carpet.
“Watching my dad cry on video, which I had no idea was going down tonight was tough, but I wanted to embrace it all and use it for me to move forward,” he said.
“The scars that don’t ever heal are the ones you hide from,” noted Bolton.
Former Chicago Cubs star David Ross and Lindsay Arnold scored 31 for a waltz in which he paid tribute to his World Series winning team. Andrews announced they had shown his dance on the screens at Wrigley Field during a rain delay.
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko received 30 points from the judges, as did “The Bachelor” star Nick Viall.
Mr. T. only garnered a 28, and at the end of the night, “The A-Team” star was sent packing.