It’s been an emotional week for Dancing With the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd. The pro dancer was eliminated from the dance competition show, along with her partner Lamar Odom, but she also revealed on Wednesday that she’s officially a U.S. citizen.
Peta Murgatroyd Shares Emotional Moment
The 33-year-old shared the exciting news in an Instagram post, in which she’s posing with her handsome husband, fellow DWTS alum, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
“After countless US Visas starting from 2006 and the last 5 years with a Green Card, I am officially a United States citizen. I’m getting misty eyed writing this, because I haven’t reflected on my life up until this point,” she wrote.
“I went deep down memory lane and I cried at the ceremony and then really cried in private. Memories surfaced that I had forgotten about, wishes that I had made as a child in my backyard with a full moon and promises that I made to myself and my family.”
The emotions continued to pour out as she wrote, “Everything came full circle and here I was sitting in an auditorium with 1000 people, with my Ukrainian/American husband and my American son….a girl from little Perth with a big dream of being ‘someone’.”
Full of Gratitude
Murgatroyd then thanked the United States for being the place where she was able to follow her dreams and make them a reality. She also noted this is the country where she met Chmerkovskiy, as well as had her little boy, Shai.
Murgatroyd, who was born in New Zealand but was raised in Australia, joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars back in 2011.
“I looked around at the auditorium full of immigrants….their eyes were longingly filled with hope, faith and belief. I am an immigrant too. I will always be one, and I’m proud of it,” she wrote.
“Thank you USA for accepting me, I will continue to work and treat this country with the upmost [sic] respect. I will honor the flag and The Pledge of Allegiance. I don’t take this lightly. God Bless America.”