“It’s definitely a hard thing to express to the world. And it’s a hard thing to express to your family and [to] try and, you know, get better,” Jolé shared with ET.
The reality star went on to say that she has gotten a second opinion regarding her cancer concerns and is waiting to learn her diagnosis. “Unfortunately, we are still waiting on additional results,” Jolé continued. “But we’re going from there. It’s not, as planned, but I’m hoping and thinking positive.”
“Everybody was asking last night, as well. [DWTS host] Tom [Bergeron] brought me aside and was like ‘Please tell me how you’re doing.'” Jolé continued, “I’m very flattered that everybody cares so much about me and worries for my health and, as well, it’s been a trying kind of situation for me [and especially for] my family. My husband’s been so strong.”
“I feel like I did Dancing with the Stars for a reason at that point in my life and I would never change a thing about it. I would totally do it all over again. It was an experience that really changed me and I will always cherish that,” Jolé answered. While the reality star says she’s trying to stay positive about her health, she admits that she is afraid of the diagnosis. “It’s normal, you’re a human being and you do get scared sometimes, and you do fear those ‘What if?’ kind of moments.”
“It was super stressful for me to wake up, see my children [2-year-old Penelope and 7-month-old Grayson] when they’re sleeping, [go to rehearsals] and then come home, see my children when they were sleeping,” she admitted. “And it’s like, that’s my relationship with my husband as well. Because you’re working on this show seven days a week and, not to mention, I was additionally doing extra hours with Little Women: LA. So everything was very, very stressful and it was probably the hardest time that we’ve had thus far in our marriage.”
The couple, who have been married since 2015, are in a much better place post-DWTS. Jolé advised that having date nights without the kids has been key to refocusing their relationship, saying “Without that, you get lost in the shuffle and you take for granted what your husband does for you or what your wife does for you.”
When the conversation turned to Jolé’s relationship with Little Women: LA cast mate Elena Gant, she was not as optimistic about the status of their friendship, explaining that the two are still not in a good place today. On the reality show, Gant has criticized Jolé’s decision to do Dancing with the Stars, saying that Jolé was putting the competition before her health and leading to screaming and crying matches between the two women.
“This season, you’re going to see us go through the craziest ups and downs. And because of Dancing, it’s really hurt my relationship with Elena,” Jolé shared. “I don’t know if necessarily it was because of Dancing or maybe we’ve just become so busy and our lives have changed. But it’s definitely changed a lot between Elena and I. And it makes me sad because I love her full-heartedly.”
“I started Dancing with the Stars three weeks after I had Grayson. And I just told her afterwards, I was like, ‘It’s going to get so much easier. Right now, this is probably the worst day because you’ve been away from them the longest today,'” she told us of her conversation with Murgatroyd. “It’s an emotional pull – that you’re wanting to be home, yet you’re doing your job. And I know that she is struggling right now, but I think she’s Superwoman. She’s got a great blog, she is juggling – I think [she] and Maks really have it figured out and I think they’re going to both do superb this season.”
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