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Xochitl Gomez Says Pro Partner Val Chmerkovskiy was Her “Motivation” to Win ‘DWTS’ Season 32

Xochitl Gomez and Val Chmerkovskiy win 'Dancing With The Stars'Photo by: Disney/Eric McCandless

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Xochitl Gomez initially didn’t think she would win Dancing With The Stars season 32. Thankfully, with her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy on her side, she realized she had a shot at winning a Mirrorball trophy.


Xochitl Gomez Praises Val Chmerkovskiy for Being Her Partner on DWTS Season 32

During the January 10, 2023 episode of The Squeeze podcast hosted by Taylor Lautner and his wife Taylor Lautner, Gomez took the time to reflect on her journey on DWTS. The Doctor Strange actress shared she originally thought her chances at winning were low, given her professional background.

“There’s usually like a figure skater or like a tennis player or like someone who did roller skating their whole lives, I’m like, ‘Got you. So let me just set the bar down right here’ and I was like ‘Let’s say you make it to week four, week five, that would be great for you and so I’d be proud of you,'” she said.

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By the time she survived the week five, Gomez already had hopes about winning. On her mind, if she and pro partner Chmerkovskiy will “keep coming up with great concepts with great ideas,” they might have a definitive shot on winning. According to the Raven’s Home alum, she’s further fueled to do her best for the DWTS pro.


“Just having a partner like Val, you know, I didn’t want it to end. I had a great motivation for it to continue,” she said. “We were both kind of looking for something positive. Val has become my Daddy, especially at the time, I didn’t really have relationships with my friends because I had to kind of focus on dance for three months straight.”

It’s clear that Gomez has established a close connection with Chmerkovskiy throughout season 32. According to her, she “could always go to Val for a laugh.” Such relationship, she admitted, has intensely helped in to not overthink about the stress brought by the competition.

She Expresses Frustration Over Sexually Explicit Deepfakes

Elsewhere in the podcast, Gomez also opened up about how she struggled in deleting the deepfakes on X. The Marvel star has apparently been a victim of the sexually explicit content, failing to get it removed.


“It made me weirded out and I didn’t like it and I wanted it taken down. That was my main thought process was, ‘Down. Take this down. Please,'” she said. “It wasn’t because I felt like it was invading my privacy, more just like it wasn’t a good look for me. This has nothing to do with me. And yet it’s on here with my face.”

Even her family has done the labor to get the deepfake taken off, but mission was unsuccessful. Despite their efforts though, the videos have remained online. Amid the traumatizing issue, Gomez does her best to ensure that her mental health’s not jeopardized. As per the actress, she doesn’t “give it a light a day” because she’ll just “sit weird.”

“I put my phone down I figure out something to do for me cuz that weirded me out and now I got to feel a letter better… feel little refreshed. I like do some skin care, I like going out with my friends. Something that will make me forget what I just saw,” she said.

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