Witney Carson Returning to 'Dancing with the Stars' After Family Tragedy
Witney Carson will return to ABC series Dancing with the Stars.
The 24-year-old professional dancer confirmed in an Instagram comment Wednesday that she "will" appear on the reality competition following her father-in-law's death from cancer.
The former judge traded in her signature blonde locks for a bright red hue.
Carson made the remark after posting that her first house with husband Carson McAllister is a "go." One fan asked the star if she will be selling or living in the house, and if she is "still doing DWTS."
"It's a fixer upper, and yes I'll still be doing the show :)," Carson responded.
Carson had dropped out of the Dancing with the Stars Live! tour in December amid father-in-law Kevin McAllister's battle with cancer. She announced March 9 that Kevin had "passed away" the night prior.
"Although it will be excruciatingly painful at times to live without him, we know he lives on around us being our guardian angel wherever we go. We're so grateful for the time we've had with him on this earth, & we know he's in a better place," the star said on Instagram.
After two long years of battling, & fighting tremendously... our sweet Kevin passed away last night. Although it will be excruciatingly painful at times to live without him, we know he lives on around us being our guardian angel wherever we go. We're so grateful for the time we've had with him on this earth, & we know he's in a better place. It's hard not to think, why does my husband have to live without his dad? Why do my kids not ever get to know their Poppy? & then I remember the Plan of Salvation, to know we will see him again... and that gives me peace. I know Kevin is getting our kids ready to come down to meet us- he's probably spinning them around on the floor right now, over and over again until they cry of laughter! We know you'll be there when we can't see you or hold you- lift us up when we have moments of trouble and heartache. Our guardian angel. We love you Kev. Until we meet again ❤️
Carson, who married her husband in January 2016, thanked fans for their support in a post Monday following Kevin's death.
"The amount of love has made my heart burst with gratitude and humility. Thank you so much for reaching out in this heartbreaking time, it means so much!" she wrote.
Carson debuted as a Dancing with the Stars pro in Season 18, and won the competition the next season. She was last partnered with actor Frankie Muniz in Season 25.
By Annie Martin
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.