Former American Gymnast Mary Lou Retton Divorced Husband Shannon Kelley 27 Years After Marriage

Olympian Mary Lou Retton Divorced From Husband Shannon Kelley

  • Former American Olympian Mary Lou Retton is divorced.
  • The 50-year-old gymnast said that she and her husband of 27 years, Shannon Kelley divorced in February this year.
  • The couple has four children; Shayla Kelley, McKenna Kelley, Skyla Kelley, and Emma Kelley.
  • Just after she announced her divorce, Retton got eliminated from the ABC original show Dancing with the Stars.

Mary Lou Retton's 27-year-long married relationship is over.

The former American Olympian revealed on Dancing With the Stars' sneak peek that she divorced her husband Shannon Kelley.

Retton told her dancing pro partner Sasha Farber in the People teaser,

I went through a divorce. People don't know that. It's the first time I've actually said it publicly.

Retton further said that the couple, who wed in 1990 finalized their divorce in February this year. She told that the split was hard and she felt "very alone." The pair is reportedly on good terms. She further said,

It's something that had really needed to happen for a long time. We still love one another, but we weren't great together anymore.

Retton and her ex-husband Kelley have four children together; Shayla Kelley (born 1995), McKenna Kelley (born 1997), Skyla Kelley (born 2000) and Emma Kelley (2002).

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She also talked about her journey to the DWTS where she said,

When I walked in here, I knew I was starting over, and I was scared. But now, I know I'm starting I'm starting over, but I'm excited. There is that mental switch.

Just after Retton announced her divorce, she got eliminated from the ABC network's reality dance show Dancing with the Stars. She performed her final dance, a tango with her partner Shasha Farber during the sixth week of the competition.


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