This is not a good fall for Anna Trebunskaya.
First, she faced an early elimination from Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars with partner Drew Lachey. And now she is getting a divorce from fellow professional dancer, Jonathan Roberts.
According to a report published on People.com
, Trebunskaya and Roberts have agreed to end their marriage of nine years. The soon-to-be-former spouses released a joint statement on Wednesday, October 17:
"We have enjoyed more than a decade of a very loving, loyal and happy relationship, but after much soul searching, we have decided to end our marriage. We are committed to staying friends and dance partners. We have immense respect for each other as people and performers."
The dancing couple have been professional partners since 2004 and have appeared as professionals on Dancing with the Stars
since the first season of that show. Initially, Anna performed only during filler dances on DWTS: The Results Show
, but she got her first celebrity partner, Jerry Rice, in season 2. She and Rice managed to place second in the competition, beaten by Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke.
Trebunskaya returned for seasons 5 and 6 of the show, partnering with Albert Reed and Steve Guttenberg, respectively. After a few seasons away, Anna Trebunskaya returned for season 9 (with Chuck Liddell) and has been a pro-dancer on Dancing with the Stars
Jonathan Roberts has had a limited role on Dancing with the Stars
than his wife in recent years, but he was far more prominent in the early seasons. Competing in seasons 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9, Roberts' best DWTS
finish came in season 5. He and Marie Osmond placed 3rd that season.
Anna Trebunskaya may have wanted to erase the sting of her season 2 defeat by partnering with that season's victor during the Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars
season. Instead, the couple fell to the double elimination in week 3 of the competition. Another former DWTS
champion, Helio Castroneves, left that week as well.
There has not yet been any comment from Dancing with the Stars
about the couple's divorce.(Images courtesy of WENN and ABC)