There’ll be a little pair of dancing shoes in Maksim Chmerkovskiy‘s home before too long, if he has anything to say about it.
He tells OK! magazine in an exclusive interview that he’s wanted to be a father “for the longest time…but you have to have the right setup, right?”
And by “setup,” he’s talking about finding a wife who’s as family-minded as he is. “I look for… someone who wants to work a little harder on being able to be a career person and a family person,” he explains. A woman who wants to put kids on hold in order to focus on work “[is] not someone I’m going to be with.”
The Dancing With the Stars pro takes inspiration from his own upbringing. He and dancer-brother Valentin are extremely close to their father, Aleksandr, with whom Maks worked at their dance studio. “If you ask my brother, he’s everything to us,” he says. “He’s the most amazing dad that one can have, and we’re incredibly grateful for everything he and Mom did for us.”
Maksim wants to raise his children in the same environment of respect and family-first attitude in which he and his brother grew up – and he’s looking for a woman who’s on the same page.
“I look for someone who shares some of my beliefs,” he says. “I look for someone whose upbringing was somewhat similar to mine because they can understand me – love for the family, and everything else.”
Could new girlfriend Peta Murgatroyd – a fellow DWTS pro – be that one? He’s not saying. His past engagement to costar Karina Smirnoff fizzled a few years ago, but it’s clear he’s not opposed to finding love in the workplace.
No matter who the lucky lady is, here’s hoping he realizes his baby dreams soon!
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