Artem Chigvintsev will be taking a break from the Dancing with the Stars tour, he announced on social media.
“Hi DWTS family,” Artem wrote on Instagram. “My time on tour so far has been wonderful—unfortunately I am having to step away from tour for a while, due to some unexpected health issues.” The pro-dancer continued, “My goal is to recover as quickly as possible so I can rejoin my cast and crew on this incredible tour. Thank you for your patience and understanding,”
A rep for Dancing with the Stars issued a statement to People: “The DWTS: Live! Tour is continuing as planned with our cast of amazing pros — we wish Artem a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back in the show in the very near future.”
No specifics on Artem’s health issues
Neither Artem or DWTS reps offered no specifics on the pro dancer’s health issues. If he’s infected with COVID-19, he’s probably not the only one. Watch this space.
Artem’s fiancée Nikki Bella left a red heart emoji in the comments section of his post. He and Nikki met when they were partnered during DWTS season 25. The reality star is currently a judge on the AGT offshoot, America’s Got Talent: Extreme, premiering on NBC Feb. 21.
Artem’s fellow DWTS cast members leave encouraging messages
DWTS pros Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Sasha Farber, reigning champ Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Britt Stewart and Sofia Ghavami are also part of the tour, and left encouraging comments on Artem’s message.
Gleb wrote: “Please feel better, we all miss you so much and wishing you a speedy recovery.”
Sasha wrote: “Rest up and get better soon man.”
Daniella wrote: “Wishing you a fast recovery.”
Artem’s former partner and season 29 winner, Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, reigning champion Iman Shumpert, American Idol alum Jimmie Allen and Amanda Kloots are also appearing with Artem on select dates.
The tour kicked off on Jan. 7 in Richmond, Virginia, and will finish in Modesto, California, on March 27.
Artem competed on the most recent DWTS season 30 with The Office star, Melora Hardin.