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Selma Blair Leaves DANCING WITH THE STARS To Focus on Health: ‘I Pushed as Far as I Could’

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Selma Blair Leaves DANCING WITH THE STARS To Focus on Health: ‘I Pushed as Far as I Could’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Selma Blair recently announced that she would be leaving DANCING WITH THE STARS, due to the strain it puts on her health. Blair was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018. 

In a clip from the show, Blair told her partner, Sasha Farber, “I can’t go on with the competition. I pushed as far as I could.”

The actress went on to explain that her condition makes her much more susceptible to injury. 

“My body is definitely taking a hit,” Blair explained. “It’s way too much for the safety of my bones. There’s just intensive bone trauma and inflammation among rips and tears. So I could do extensive damage, that of course I do not want.”

Before she left DANCING WITH THE STARS, Blair performed one last dance with Farber. 

After the dance, head judge Len Goodman told Blair, “This competition is tough for everyone. But if the others have climbed hills, you have climbed mountains.”

Blair is not the only person to leave DANCING WITH THE STARS due to more important priorities. Movieguide® previously reported

Long time DANCING WITH THE STARS pro dancer Lindsay Arnold has decided to step away from the show, and for a very good reason — her family. 

Arnold posted a photo of herself, husband Samuel Lightner Cusick, and their daughter Sage, who was born in 2020. 

Her caption read:

I wanted to let you all know that I have decided not to be a part of Dancing With the Stars this season. This has been one of the hardest decisions to make but ultimately I have chosen what I feel is best for myself and my family. DWTS has been a part of my life for over 10 years now and when I say I love the show with all of my heart I mean it!! This show has changed my life forever and will always mean the world to me.

You all know that family is the most important thing to me and doing what is best for my daughter is always going to be at the top of my list! As many of you know my family and I live in UT and in order to do DWTS I have to move myself and my daughter Sage out to LA and leave behind my husband Sam who works full time here in Utah. Logistically there is SO much involved with making this happen and there is a lot of sacrifice that has to be made that unfortunately just did not feel right for us this time around. 

We exhausted every option we could think of to make it work but at the end of the day none of the options felt good in my heart or felt like the right thing for our lives right now. We are also trying to grow our family and that in itself is a complicated logistical thing as I’m sure many of you understand.

Arnold made it clear to fans that her decision was solely due to her commitment to her family, and not because of any onset difficulties. 

“I can’t wait to watch this next season of DWTS and see all of my friends dance, I’m going to be the biggest fan girl!” she concluded.