She shared a photo of herself with Savchenko pulling funny faces on her Instagram account, with the message: “Today had been looming over me ever since I lost my mom in July because it’s her 1st birthday without her.
“I knew my mom would have been the 1st person to urge me to do Dancing With The Stars -she would have told me I would be the best one even though that is far from true.
“She has sent me so many signs letting me know she is still with me and I feel like knowing how much I was dreading today, it seems to have her touch on it that I am paired with @glebsavchenkoofficial who’s birthday is also today. It gave me a reason to celebrate them both and laugh and it’s all she would have wanted.”
Stause lost her mother to cancer and her dancing partner supported her as the anniversary of her death came to pass.
She remained strong throughout the filming of season three of Selling Sunset and has developed a new kind of resilience towards those who have made comments about her, particularly following the divorce.