DWTS Pro Keo Motsepe Shares the News of His Mother's Death in a Heartbreaking Post
"Dancing With the Stars" pro Keo Motsepe mourns the loss of his biggest champion in life - his mother, as he shared the sad news of her passing with fans.
On Wednesday, 31-year-old dancing professional Keo Motsepe took to social media to share the heartbreak of his mother's passing, although the cause is not yet revealed.
The sad news follows on the heels of Motsepe going public with his new romance and celebrating those who inspired him throughout 2020. Among those honored - his mom.
Motsepe revealed during a brief Instagram Live session early on Wednesday morning that the tragic news awaited him as soon as he woke up, saddened that he lost "the queen" of his heart.
Posting a picture of his mother via Instagram Stories, Motsepe shared the news of her passing with a short tribute in her honor and wrote:
A SHOW OF GRATITUDE
Less than a week ago, Motsepe posted a collage of all his highs of the past year, which included being partnered with Anne Heche for the 29th season of DWTS, his mother, and his new girlfriend, Chrishell Stause.
"While there are no words to describe the many challenges 2020 had in store for us, I find myself inspired by not only those I hold close to my heart but humanity," Motsepe captioned the reverie.
THE LOVE OF MOM
Motsepe is now a successful dancer who follows his heart, and he had the full support of his mother throughout his journey that began at the age of 5.
As children, Motsepe and his best friend used to play soccer together, but one day, upon his friend's suggestion, the 31-year-old tried dancing and he loved it.
When Motsepe told his mom that he wanted to dance, she was all too happy, even though it was mostly due to laundry reduction caused by the soccer playing. Still, she encouraged balance.
"My mom pushed me to balance my school and dancing. She said, 'I won't say stop dancing but balance everything in your life.' That's what I did," Motsepe previously explained.
His talent, perseverance, and dedication eventually landed Motsepe a spot on the professional dancing crew on DWTS in 2014, which made him the first Black pro and the first South African on the team.
Now, Motsepe found love through DWTS as well. Stause partnered with his best friend, Gleb Savchenko, during the celebrity dancing competition's latest season and caught his eye.
With the sparks flying between them, Motsepe asked the "This Is Us" star out on a date, and it didn't take long before Stause confirmed their romance during a podcast early in December 2020.
Despite the exciting new chapter in her life, Stause said that she wants to keep her personal life more private, especially after her high-profile divorce from Justin Hartley a year ago.
Stause got eliminated from DWTS after eight weeks in the competition. And even though the "Selling Sunset" star wanted to stay longer, she walked away with a valuable lesson.
One of Stause's biggest take-aways is that she realized that being unable to do something just means one hasn't learned to do it yet, and by no means implies that one can't do it at all.