Dancing With the Stars pro Jenna Johnson revealed on Instagram that she and her family are going through a tough time after her brother’s baby died.
“My angelic little brother and sweet sister-in-law went through the unimaginable when they lost their baby girl last week.” Johnson wrote on Instagram next to a photo of the baby’s gravesite. “I was struck by their examples of hope and immeasurable strength at this heartbreaking time. So thankful for family forever and for allowing our entire family to be together in honor of our beautiful niece, Lennon Sky Johnson.”
The post came just a day after Johnson posted a now-deleted Instagram Story apologizing to fans for not being active on social media for the past week.
“Didn’t have the emotional/mental capacity to be here or engage.” She wrote. “But I wanted to check in and say hello and thank you for those who have reached out. Will share more later.”
Johnson has five siblings, two sisters, Jillian and Stacy, and three brothers, Jason, Skyler and Scott.
After Johnson shared the post, Skyler and his wife Ashton shared the cause of their daughter’s death.
“On December 2nd, 2022, our sweet little angel girl was stillborn,” they write. “We are so grateful that we got to meet her and cuddle her precious body. We love our Lenny girl so much and have felt her presence on a daily basis. We know that she will always be with us, watching over us and comforting us throughout our lives.”
Johnson received support from the Dancing With the Stars family
Friends of Johnson and the “Dancing With the Stars” family took to the comments section to share their support.
“Sending lots of prayers and love to your family, my heart is breaking.” Ezra Sosa wrote. “That’s so sad.”
Peta Murgatroyd also commented, writes: “Hard to ‘like’ this post. Sending all my love to you and your family.”
“I love you all so much” Lindsey Arnold, who has been close to Johnson and her family since childhood, commented.
Johnson is expecting and due in January
Johnson and her husband Val Chmerkovskiy are expecting their first child in January 2023.
In October, the professional dancer shared an update on her own baby bump.
“Big day over here….” Johnson wrote. “We are in the 3rd trimester!!! I can’t believe it’s only 12 weeks until we can meet our little bud. To celebrate, here’s a little hump progress.”
Sharing photos and videos from her pregnancy so far, she ended with her biggest stomach photo yet and a video of the boy kicking.
Johnson and Chmerkovskiy announced that they are expecting their first child together in July 2022.
“We came home [from a trip to Cabo] and about two weeks later I was like, ‘Wait a minute, my boobs feel really big and really hurt. I haven’t gotten my period yet.” So I peed on a stick and it immediately became positive. The shock and disbelief was insane. I couldn’t believe it because it wasn’t an easy road for us to get pregnant,” Johnson said said people.
“But everyone tells you, ‘If you just relax and don’t stress yourself, it’ll happen for you.’ That’s exactly what happened. I think it was exactly when it was supposed to be. Our little baby was created with a lot of love. It all seems so magical and intentional,” she added.
Dancing With the Stars is set to return in fall 2023.
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