Sharna Burgess and Lindsey Arnold graduate from DWTS before season 31

Sharna Burgess and Lindsey Arnold won’t be competing as pros on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars.

Burgess, who gave birth to son Zayn on June 28, was the first to open up about her decision via Instagram Story on Wednesday.

Both Arnold and Burgess revealed that family life took priority this time.

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Lindsay Arnold and Sharna Burgess have announced that they will not be returning to “Dancing With the Stars” because they want to spend time with their families.

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“Hey, I have some news to tell you guys, because I keep getting a lot of direct messages about it,” Burgess, 37, began. “After long conversations and a lot of thought and really trying to come to terms with what was right… I made the really difficult decision. Not For this year’s Dancing With the Stars season. There was a list released that said I’m going to be a pro and I’m not going to be.”

However, Burgess made it clear that it would still be “present in some capacity,” telling fans, “We’re still talking about it.”

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Burgess competed with boyfriend Brian Austin Green last season. The husband later welcomed his son Zain.

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Burgess competed with boyfriend Brian Austin Green last season. The husband later welcomed his son Zain.

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The dancer noted that while her body was “100 percent full” and “fit, strong and very ready to dance” just two months after giving birth, it was the time commitment that kept her from jumping back onto the dance floor.

“I wasn’t prepared to spend at least 10 hours a day away from Zane,” she explained.

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“I just love being a mother,” the dancer gushed via Instagram Stories.
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“I’m a full time breastfeeding mom. And not only that, I’m just so fond of being a mom. As hard as it was to refuse to ‘dance’…I have this family and this newborn baby at home, and I may never get these moments back. [with]. “

She continued, “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, so I’ll stay in that moment and live and love every part of it. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be around…so you will You see me, but it will be a different way.”

Burgess welcomed her first child with boyfriend Brian Austin Green — with whom she competed on the last season of “DWTS” — in late June. Green, 49, shares sons Noah, 9, and Buddy, 8, and Journey, 6, with ex-wife Megan Fox, and Cassius, 20, with ex-girlfriend Vanessa Marcel.

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Arnold also announced that she will be leaving the show after 10 years.
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Arnold followed soon after, sharing her own news on social media with a photo of her, husband Samuel Lightner Cusick and their daughter, Sage, 1 year old.

The 28-year-old mom – who has called the resignation one of the “hardest decisions” she’s had to make – wrote on Instagram, “DWTS has been a part of my life for over 10 years now and when I say I love the show with all my heart it means!! This show changed my life forever and will always mean the world to me.”

She continued, “You all know that family is the most important thing to me and doing what’s best for my daughter will always be at the top of my list! As many of you know me and my family are at UT and in order to do DWTS, I have to move myself and my daughter Sage to LA and leave my husband Sam who works full time here in Utah.”

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Arnold has indicated that she wants to expand her family and prefers to stay in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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Arnold has indicated that she wants to expand her family and prefers to stay in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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The 28-year-old singer made fun of the couple’s steamy tradition…

The mother of one of the spouses — who married her high school sweetheart in 2015 — went on to say the couple “exhausted every option” to try to make things work, but ultimately decided it was best for her to stay in Utah while they tried to expand the family. .

“Everything that has been said is so important to me that you understand that none of this has anything to do with my love for the show because that will never change and it also doesn’t mean that this is the end for me and DWTS.”

She concluded the post by saying that she is “at peace” with her decision and can’t wait to watch her former friends and teammates compete next season.

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Arnold has been on the show since she was 18 years old.

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The 28-year-old singer made fun of the couple’s steamy tradition…

The choreographer – who welcomed her daughter in 2020 – first joined the ABC dance competition series when she was just 18 years old in 2013. She received the coveted Mirrorball award once during her decade-long career in the show.

The DWTS alum has opened up about her struggle to get pregnant a second time.

Earlier this month, the mother of one of the children cried with her daughter after finding out that she had taken a false positive pregnancy test. In a video posted on Tik Tok, Arnold initially showed herself celebrating a positive pregnancy test before cutting the video into a clip of the dancer crying after her period.

The full list of DWTS professionals and their celebrity partners will be revealed early next month on “Good Morning America” ​​ahead of season 31, which premieres September 19 on Disney+.


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