She revealed last week that she’s divorced.
And now Mary Lou Retton has told
‘I’m on a really good path, and I’m happy with my life,’ the 50-year-old former Olympic gymnast explained.
‘I’m really excited for what this new chapter is going to bring instead of being that scared person that I was a couple of months ago. I really have done a full turnaround,’ she added.
Optimistic: Mary Lou Retton, a contestant on DWTS, told People she’s looking forward to the future post-divorce. ‘I’m on a really good path and I’m happy with my life,’ she said
Retton and her husband of 27 years Shannon Kelley finalised their divorce this past February.
They share four daughters: Shayla, 23, McKenna, 21, Skyla, 18, and Emma, 16.
Retton, who went public with her marriage breakup while a contestant on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, said she and Kelley ‘grew apart’.
‘My daughters were amazing,’ she told People. ‘They were angry in the beginning and any child should be with their family being torn apart – but we’ve vowed that we would do holidays together and we’re going to try to make it as seamless and as painless as possible.’
‘I don’t think they were surprised,’ she added. ‘We were arguing towards the end a lot, but I think that they were shocked that it actually happened.’
Over: The 50-year-old former Olympic gymnast and her husband of 27 years Shannon Kelley, pictured in 2008, finalized their divorce in February. She revealed the split while on DWTS
As for dating again, Retton says that’s something she hasn’t embarked on yet.
‘I’m scared a little bit,’ she says. ‘I hadn’t done that in over 30 years.’
‘I’m excited – scared, but excited,’ she said.
Retton was eliminated from DWTS on the episode that aired on October 29.
Didn’t make the cut: Retton, pictured with dance pro Sasha Farber, was the fifth contestant to be eliminated on DWTS season 27. She left the show after the October 29 episode