Selma Blair sadly had to say goodbye to Dancing with the Stars for a heartbreaking reason. The ‘Legally Blonde’ star took part in the 31st season of the dance competition, the first-ever season to air on Disney+, and appeared alongside the likes of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ and ‘American Idol’ winner Teresa Giudice Jordin on Sparks and actor Wayne Brady.
The Cruel Intentions star was partnered with Sasha Farber, and her involvement on the show marked a poignant moment following her 2018 multiple sclerosis diagnosis. I am [here] with perspective and coming back and recognizing the support of people when you try – it changed my life. It’s so powerful for me,” she said on Good Morning America in September. “I’m thrilled to be learning how to move my body better now,” she continued, adding that she’s excited to see her competitors cheer each other on.
Blair wowed the judges week after week and kept fans updated on her journey via Instagram. On September 27, she shared a video of her dancing and gave an insight into her struggles dancing with MS. “The real personal victory for me was still being able to move on when I lost control of my left leg towards the end…my body did what bodies can do (especially with MS) and the show went on,” she wrote. But unfortunately the show can’t go on.
Selma Blair retired from Dancing with the Stars due to health issues
Selma Blair announced on October 17 that she would no longer be able to compete on Dancing with the Stars due to her deteriorating health. Blair made the emotional announcement in a video post that aired during the Disney+ show, as she told partner Sasha Farber that she had had the results of MRI scans back and had been informed by doctors that she was not advised to proceed on. “With a chronic illness you have to make special considerations and my body definitely takes a hit. It’s way too much for the safety of my bones. There’s just intense bone trauma and inflammation,” she explained, noting that it could permanently damage her bodywork. Blair and Faber did their last dance and received a score of 40 out of 40.
Blair had previously spoken openly about the struggles she might face in the ballroom, telling Good Morning America in September, “I’m really nervous about losing my partner’s touch at home my skills are a lot more seamless than out and about, so that’s a bit of a flop sweat.”
After her exit, the National MS Society tweeted a message of support for the actress, writing in part, “You continue to inspire nearly 1 million people with MS in the US and untold millions around the world. Thank you for continuing your journey with MS.”