Jenna Johnson & Val Chmerkovskiy are official parents for the first time!
After a two-year struggle with infertility, the professional dancers announced that they were expecting their first child in July 2022, and by August, they shared that it was going to be a boy. Now, for their baby’s arrival, Johnson and Chmerkovskiy are disclosing the information via a joint Instagram post.
Jenna Johnson & Val Chmerkovskiy Welcome Son On January 10
“Our world is forever changed,” Jenna wrote alongside a white heart emoji and the baby’s birth date to announce the arrival of their bundle of joy in the caption. The Instagram post featured a black-and-white photograph of the groom cradling his wife’s hand in his while the newborn held her thumb.
Within hours, fans and friends of the TV personality duo filled up the comment section with well-wishes. One fan wrote, “Congratulations to you guys!🙏🏾 Singer and TV host Tamar Braxton wrote, “Omg he’s here ❤️.”
The Olympian Simone Biles shared her love with three white heart emojis. Val’s brother, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, added four red heart emojis. In addition, Chmerkovskiy’s DWTS season 31 partner and runner-up Gabby Windey wrote, “Mom and dad!!! Congratulations!!.”
Other DWTS professional dancers, including Lindsey Arnold, Witney Carson, and Daniella Karagach, elucidated congratulations to the parents. Former contestants, including Joe Amabile, Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Amanda Kloots, Matt James, Christine Chiu, and Monica Aldama, also sent their love.
On the heels of the heartwarming announcement was a previous report by The Blast that detailed how the new mom praised her partner for making her feel like she mattered during her pregnancy.
The “SYTYCD” star reflected on how her lover made her feel ‘Beautiful’ as she went through her physical change struggles. She noted that she received all the support which made her feel “super-empowered” for carrying their child.
Johnson added that the devoted sweetheart would consistently appreciate her for choosing to be a mother though she admits that she is not surprised by the gestures as the father of one and herself have always planned to expand their family for a long time. She said:
“And this is something we’ve wanted for a very long time in our relationship. So I knew that [Val] would be awesome and so excited.”
The mother of one further explains that being a receiver of such deep love and concern caused her to get on “a different level” with Chmerkovskiy as he restored her faith in her unique beauty despite her body image amid her pregnancy. In her words:
“I’ve always been pretty toned, pretty in shape, because of dance. And so, while my body has been constantly changing, it’s been a lot and confusing at times. But he has made me feel so special and so beautiful.”
Also noted by the 28-year-old were the numerous new things she had to learn to build her self-esteem, including “respecting and appreciating” her body protecting “a precious little angel.”
Jenna Johnson & Val Chmerkovskiy’s Love Story
Rightfully so, the married couple is obsessed with each other, and, as all lovers, they are always there to shower one another with support and create lasting memories. PEOPLE gave a detailed breakdown of their love affair journey.
They met on the set of DWTS when Johnson joined the show as a troupe member in 2014- that same year; the dancers appeared on stage together to perform during Sway: A Dance Trilogy in New York City. In contrast, Chmerkovskiy debuted as a professional dancer on the show in 2011.
The couple sparked rumors of their romance around 2015 when they were spotted getting cozy while hanging out in West Hollywood. Thereon, the couple got engaged in June 2018 during a trip to Venice, Italy. In a message to the publication, after he popped the question, Chmerkovskiy confessed:
“And I find myself to be the best version of myself that I’ve ever been. She’s awesome.”
The pair later walked down the aisle in April 2019 during a delightful ceremony in Rancho Palo Verdes, California, where they were joined by their closest family and friends, including DWTS cast members such as Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Alan Bersten and Artem Chigvintsev.
Johnson and Chmerkovskiy are parents to a precious little boy they welcomed on January 10, 2023.