Wednesday, January 27

Chrishell Stause and Keo Motsepe’s Relationship Timeline

Finding love on the dance floor — or behind-the-scenes! Chrishell Stause met pro dancer Keo Motsepe in September 2020 after being cast on season 29 of Dancing With the Stars. During the season, the duo — who were paired with Anne Heche and Gleb Savchenko, respectively, didn’t spend any time together onscreen.

In fact, many thought that Stause was romantically involved Savchenko after he announced he had split from wife Elena Samodanova days after being sent home from the ABC reality show. Both the Russian dancer and the realtor shot down the claims.

“Our friendship during our season on DWTS was not the reason for our split,” he said in a statement in November 2020. “Elena and I have had longstanding issues in our marriage. This has been an ongoing situation between Elena and I paired with poor timing.”

Later that month, the Selling Sunset star added that while she understands that fans saw chemistry on Dancing With the Stars, it was just dancing.

“I feel like it really is annoying because it’s one of those things where, you know, unfortunately, the timing of what he’s going through personally, people want to make it into something it’s not. We’re just friends,” the former actress said on November 24. “I get it. I’ve been on soaps. You have to have that kind of stuff sometimes when you’re on the dance floor. People misinterpret that.”

Just one week later, fans were shocked when Stause and Meotsepe revealed they were dating via Instagram. Savchenko, who is one of Motsepe’s best friends, commented, “Love you guys” on the post.

During an Instagram Live chat with Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick the next day, Stause revealed that she told her friends about the relationship at Keo’s birthday party.

“I think that was the night where we were like, ‘I don’t know how much [longer] we can hide this for,’” the All My Children alum, who is eight years older than Motsepe, said at the time. “I had a little bit of a hang-up at first because I was worried because he’s younger. But, a lot of guys my age and older still don’t want what I am looking for.”

She later said on Nick Viall‘s “Viall Files” podcast that she was also hesitant to share the romance after going through a very public split from Justin Hartley in November 2019. “He pursued [me],” she said of Motsepe on December 7. “Soon after we made it official, we went ahead and shared it. … It’s already hard enough as it is when something is promising. I don’t want to add any more pressure.”

Scroll through the gallery below for a timeline of their romance:

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September 2020

On September 2, Dancing With the Stars announced the season 29 cast, which included Stause. During the September 14 premiere, it was revealed she was partnered with Savchenko, while Motsepe was paired with Heche.

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December 2020

On December 2, the South African dancer posted a series of photos cozying up with the Days of Our Lives alum via Instagram Stories. She also shared a video, during which he called her “baby.”

Courtesy of Keo Motsepe/Instagram

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December 2020

The same day they confirmed their romance, the couple stepped out for a workout together in Beverly Hills. In one photo, Motsepe kissed Stause on the head.


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December 2020

On December 14, they headed on a Mexico vacation with Savchenko and his girlfriend, Cassie Scerbo. All four of them shared photos from the La Blanc Spa resort in Los Cabos.

Courtesy of Keo Motsepe/Instagram

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December 2020

Later that month, Stause shot down any negative comments about her relationship, sharing a sweet photo of her and the Burn the Floor alum in swimwear at the resort. “If you love love, feel free to leave your beautiful positivity below,” she wrote via Instagram. “If you are insane & tied up in ridiculous conspiracy theories that were never, and have never had any truth to them, by all means let your crazy flag fly! Ha! Entertaining either way.”

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December 2020

The reality star introduced her boyfriend to her family on Christmas, sharing photos of them all in matching pajamas. “He fit right in. Merry Christmas everyone from mine to yours!!! Sending you all so much love,” she captioned the photos before responding to those who brought up the concern of the large crowd amid COVID-19.

“I normally always try to be socially responsible with my posts because I am naturally a compassionate person. I can see how this does not show that to some. I understand you won’t agree, but at least so you can see where I am coming from- This is my immediate family and we all are able to test before and after,” she added. “This is the first Christmas without our mom we felt important to be there for each other in a tough year. Keo brought such welcomed happiness and selfishly I posted in a very happy moment. Please be safe and I am sending all my love to my supporters & critics. I hear all of you and can appreciate feedback from both sides.”

Courtesy of Keo Motsepe/Instagram

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