Samuel Johnson Reveals Sad Story Behind DWTS Rumba
It was Movie Night on Dancing With The Stars this week and Samuel Johnson and his dance partner Jorja-Rae Freeman performed a soulful Rumba to 'Shallow' from the hit film A Star Is Born.
After the energetic performance, Gold Logie winner Samuel revealed that the performance was done in memory of his former partner's tragic suicide.
Samuel,41, told Amanda Keller after his performance:
'I had a partner… her name was Lainie and she died from a sore heart'
'I've been thinking a lot because you told me to be romantic this week, that was the brief. I haven't been able to be romantic since then, not really.'
Samuel was referring to his ex-girlfriend Lainie, who sadly took her own life the night that he broke up with her, in 2006.
All three judges praised the dance as 'endearing' before Samuel fought back tears telling the audience:
'Dancing is a very powerful agent. And I recommend anyone who's feeling icky... go and do something physical. Because we should all dance.'
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Sam shared his heartbreaking story about Lainie's suicide on the ABC's Anh's Brush With Fame in 2017.
'The love of my life hanged herself,' Samuel told Do.
'And, I'm still very upset for her and for her family.'
'I'd definitely say it's probably my life's biggest sadness. And in a way, the more time goes by, the more it hurts.'
'You know how they reckon that you come to terms with your grief as you go along? Not with this one. With every year it gets more profound. My sadness grows.'
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Dancing With The Stars continues at 7.30pm on Sunday on Channel Ten