Val Chmerkovskiy Feels ‘Devastated’ after Christie Brinkley Leaves the Show Due to Surgery
Val Chmerkovskiy penned a sweet letter to his “Dancing With The Stars” partner, Christie Brinkley, after she left the show due to an accident during rehearsals, which may restrict her from performing to the best of her abilities.
Christie Brinkley was all set to dance her heart out and win the judges over with a killer performance, but only days before the show, she met an accident that prevented her from competing. Brinkley broke her arm and asked her daughter, Sailor, to take her place.
Meanwhile, her pro dance partner, Val Chmerkovskiy graciously accepted her daughter to be his new partner but was left “devastated” hearing the news. He wrote a sweet post on Instagram, dedicated to Brinkley.
“I got a chance to meet and absolutely fall in love with the beautiful soul that is @christiebrinkley , the epitome of class,” he wrote. “Here’s a person that’s as generous and kind as she is stunning and witty. I learned so much from just two weeks and truly had some of my favorite times ever working on the show.”
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This season of Dancing With The Stars definitely began like no other I’ve ever experienced. And I’m extremely grateful to have been the one that was handed this beautiful circumstance. I got a chance to meet and absolutely fall in love with the beautiful soul that is @christiebrinkley , the epitome of class. Here’s a person that’s as generous and kind as she is stunning and witty. I learned so much from just two weeks and truly had some of my favorite times ever working on the show... then two days ago Christie undergoes surgery to repair her shattered arm. I was devastated at how much fun she was no longer going to have. It really sucked. The universe works in mysterious ways sometimes tho and coincidentally @sailorbrinkleycook was on a flight to LA to support her mom. Good thing she wanted to come days before the premier to help her mom get pumped for the big day. She took off a fan and landed a contestant. The two pictures of us are the perfect depiction of yesterday when we took them. I’m still shook and you’re just living life. I’m so proud of you Sailor, and I promise to do everything I can to show you a beautiful time on @dancingabc !!! Tonight a star was born. Cant wait to get to the studio and see how bright it can shine 🌟#TeamSailaV #dwts #dance #conquer #fear #happy #life #hashtag #lol
He then proceeded to talk about the impeccable timing Sailor had, who flew to LA to support her mom. In only three days, she took on the challenge to learn and perfect a dance, making her mom proud.
During Monday’s premiere, Sailor stunned the audience in a white, floor-length gown and danced the foxtrot to the tune of Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl.” Shortly after her performance came to an end, Brinkley gave her daughter a tight embrace and told her, “I am so proud of you.”
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Wow. I have so much to say but for right now i’m just going to say THANK YOU. To my incredible partner @valentin for being so patient, my mama for being so courageous and inspiring, the whole dancing with the stars cast and crew for their kindness, & everyone who tuned in and showed so much love and support. So incredibly grateful to have had this moment. The journey’s just getting started! ♥️ Let’s go! @dancingabc
The judges, Bruno Toniolo, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Len Goodman, gave the pair a score of 18/30, which may at first glance be low, but is on average compared to the other ratings given to the contenders.
The 65-year-old supermodel shared her sentiments over the accident, which forced her to withdraw from the competition. She told PEOPLE of the “devastating” and unfortunate incident:
“The second I landed, I felt the shards in my arm,” Brinkley said. “Like, I literally felt it in my wrist, and I just instantly looked up and said, ‘I’m so sorry, I broke my arm.’”
On the other hand, Sailor revealed that her mom was a significant factor as to why she agreed to take her place. She knew the injury hurt her mom badly, and so she wanted to make Brinkley “happy and proud.”