Gleb Savchenko is going to make history with ‘Dancing with the Stars’. The 39-year-old professional dancer has teamed up with “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Shangela for the first time a drag queen has participated in the famous ballroom show.
“I’ve never danced with a male partner, and it’s definitely different, but in a good way,” Gleb told E! News. “I actually enjoy our rehearsals much more than I have enjoyed rehearsing in previous seasons.”
Longtime fans know that DWTS’s rehearsal schedule is demanding, which means that the professional dancers and their famous partners have to be away from their loved ones for extended periods of time. For Gleb, that means less time with Olivia and Zlata, his daughters from his marriage to fellow dancer Elena Samodanova.
Gleb married fellow dancer Elena Samodanova in 2006. The two once appeared together on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing LA”, where they put their house up for sale with Tracy Tudor.
But in 2020, the 14-year-old wife of the DWTS pro dancer filed for divorce in Los Angeles. At the time, Elena accused Gleb of cheating on her and it was rumored that he was having an affair with his DWTS partner, Chrishell Stause.
Gleb told Entertainment Tonight that he had already left the house he shared with Elena when she filed for divorce. He also steadfastly denied ever cheating on his wife and instead accused her of adultery.
“We’ve had problems for years,” Gleb told ET. “I was in a mentally abusive, jealous relationship. I used to say to myself, ‘Listen, she’s the mother of your kids, and you love her, just make it work for your kids.’”
He also claimed that his ex was jealous of his success as a pro dancer.
“When we auditioned for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ in 2013, I got the show and she didn’t,” Gleb said. “She still blames me to this day, she says it’s my fault. So that jealousy is still there. She always wanted to be with me on every red carpet, always wanted to do every interview. … Every season she claimed she choreographed all my songs and everything … I always played that game for her to make her feel better because she was my better half, as everyone likes to say. But it wasn’t true. I always did all the work.”
The couple’s divorce got even uglier during a custody battle. According to Page Six, the two finalized their divorce in October 2021.
In 2021, Gleb Savchenko teased that he was in a new relationship, telling ET that he had “a beautiful friend” who was “pretty famous”. Since that time, he has become official with his new girlfriend, model Elena Belle.
Elena Belle first worked in Sweden and in 2009 she moved to Hollywood to work as a model, according to Expressen. She was previously married to music manager Michael Theanne, from 2016 until his sudden death in 2020. Elena Belle has a daughter named Luna, per Billboard.
According to Us Weekly, Gleb and Elena Belle met in the summer of 2021. A source revealed that the two were “connected by their love of fitness and wellness and that they were single parents.”
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