"It's been a little over a year and I've taken this time for me and taken the time to really get to know who I am. For now, it's best that I work on me and focus on my career. It's helping me and I feel like I'm helping people."She admits, "I did think about it for awhile. But this is my story."And she's ready to return for the new season of , although she won't know her celebrity partner until after they're all announced on Feb. "I have no idea" who will be on, she says, and adds, "We have no say" about who she'll be paired with, which is why "every season has been a different experience" -- from Tom De Lay to Wayne Newton to Gilles Marini to Emmitt Smith.
All-Star contestant Shawn Johnson had “a nasty breakup” with pro Mark Ballas after they won the mirrorball trophy in season eight, a source says. ) After the pair were eliminated, Johnson presented her with a ,000 diamond ring. “I felt weird wearing that big diamond that first of all is way too big for my hand. “I will never speak to that person again.” Maks — who is currently paired with Kirstie Alley -— admits he also “crossed the line” with partner Willa Ford during Season 3. On Monday, he thanked a former colleague on Twitter who stood up for him. Maartin Meanwhile, Ziering is definitely aware of Burke's unflattering comments.On one hand, for us, this will likely be a good thing.A little attraction between dancing partners never hurt the outcome of a good waltz, jitterbug or samba.From being beaten with a belt by abusive boyfriends. If anything, she says, she'd like to "maybe do another dance show on television or have a talk show, be a spokesperson for young women.