Peta Murgatroyd will not be competing with her partner, Andy Grammer, for the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, the dancing pro was forced to drop out of the dancing competition due to an ankle injury that will require her to undergo surgery.
According to a report by Us Weekly, the dance pro was “devastated” when the doctors informed her that her ankle pain was the direct result of four torn ligaments and a floating piece of bone at the back of her joint. The doctors explained to Peta that she would have to have surgery to correct her injury if she didn’t want to jeopardize the future of her dancing career. The orthopedic surgeon said the surgery will put her on the sidelines for six to eight weeks.
Peta Murgatroyd had just come off of a three-month long Dancing with the Stars live tour. She said she was feeling great when she started rehearsals with Grammer, but she realized “something was not right” when she went to put on her heels, People Magazine reports. Concerned about the pain, Peta later went to the doctor, where she underwent an MRI that ultimately revealed the severity of her injury.
To all my loved ones and fans I’m so sorry for this heartbreaking news 😓 http://t.co/coX6Kfbk1X
— Peta Murgatroyd (@PetaMurgatroyd) September 1, 2015
“I wanted to check it out properly and make sure I was good to go for the season,” the 29-year-old dancer recalled. “I got my MRI results back and it was a really bad diagnosis. It showed I had 4 torn ligaments and a floating piece of bone at the back of my ankle. My doctor said I needed surgery and I knew I needed to put my health first if I want to keep dancing on the show into my 30s.”
Peta sent out a message to her fans on Monday, sharing with them the “devastating” news.
“The past three days have been really tough to say the least… I learned that my ankle injury is at a stage that needs surgery immediately. I’m so sorry but I have to step out of Season 21 of DWTS,” she tweeted. “This is obviously one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made and I seriously struggled with the idea of not being able to dance, but I know my health does come first, and the sooner I get this done, the sooner I can be back in the ballroom for all of you!”
Peta joined DWTS in 2011 as a troupe member, and then joined the cast of pros during Season 13. Since then, she has competed in every season, and even took home the mirror ball trophy in Season 14.
Dancing with the Stars Season 21 will return live on Monday, September 14.
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