Maksim Chmerkovskiy 'Excited' to Be Sharing New Fatherhood Journey With Brother Val

Maksim Chmerkovskiy ‘Excited’ to Be Sharing New Fatherhood Journey With Brother Val

This article was published in ET.

 Maksim Chmerkovskiy is sharing a beautiful new bonding experience with his brother, Val Chmerkovskiy: fatherhood. 

“I’m excited that we’re new parents again together,” Maks gushed to ET’s Denny Directo on Tuesday, backstage at Dancing With the Stars’ Most Memorable Year Night. “I’m ecstatic about the life we get to live. … You know that the situation that the world is in. I mean, if you’re not counting your blessings when you can, you just need to look around.”

Maks and wife Peta Murgatroyd had reason to celebrate in June as they welcomed their second child, a son named Rio. The little one’s arrival came six years after the birth of their first child, son Shai, in January 2017 and their marriage later that year. Coincidentally, the age difference between Maks and Val is also six years. 

Meanwhile, Val became a first-time dad with wife Jenna Johnson in January when she gave birth to their son, Rome. 

“I’m now taking advice from them,” Maks joked, noting that it’s been a while since he’s been in the trenches of newborn life. 

“I had to clean up some baby formula from my shoulder,” he quipped. “I forgot what that was like for a little bit. But, you know, we’re back at it.” 

He also shared that the couple is already thinking about adding to their growing brood, saying that they’re “looking to expand the fam” in the future. 

“We’re definitely not saying we’re done,” he said, noting that he and Peta are also focused on their newly launched Maks & Peta marketplace and skincare line.