Maksim Chmerkovskiy looked happy to be back on US soil as he took his mom shopping in Los Angeles on Friday.
The Dancing With the Stars pro, 42, had just returned from Poland on Wednesday, following his efforts to help out those affected by the war in his native Ukraine.
The choreographer sported a casual look for the day, wearing a black T-shirt, gray and white shorts, and a pair of checkered Vans.
With mama Chmerkovskiy: Maksim Chmerkovskiy looked happy to be back on US soil as he took his mom shopping in Los Angeles on Friday
The Ukrainian-American Latin–ballroom dance champion accessorized with a pair of round sunglasses and beaded bracelets on his wrist.
In his hand he carried a blue shopping bag from Kitson – a celebrity beloved clothing boutique.
Maksim appeared to be in good spirits and even cracked a smile while talking on his cellphone, while walking next to his mom.
Casual: The Dancing With the Stars pro, 42, sported a casual look for the day, wearing a black T-shirt, gray and white shorts, and a pair of checkered Vans
Meanwhile his mom Larisa looked chic in a white zip-up top, black pants, and white sneakers.
She shielded her eyes from the sun with a pair of black sunglasses and accessorized with dangling earrings. Her blonde braids were pulled back into a neat bun.
Mrs. Chmerkovskiy is also the mother of the star’s younger brother, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, 36, who is a Dancing with the Stars pro like Maksim.
It’s good to be home: Maksim appeared to be in good spirits and even cracked a smile while talking on his cellphone, while walking next to his mom
Peta Murgatroyd announced Maksim’s return to the US on Wednesday via her Instagram Stories.
The Auckland, New Zealand native, 35, shared a brief clip in which she revealed she was headed to pick up her spouse from the airport.
‘I’m gonna go pick up my husband from the airport,’ she said, with a sigh of relief. ‘I am so excited, can’t tell you.’
The latest: On Wednesday Peta Murgatroyd, 35, said Chmerkovskiy was returning to the US after his efforts in Poland
The Dancing with the Stars alum, who shares his Shai, five, with Chmerkovskiy, sang, ‘Come home to me.’
In the social media clip, Murgatroyd had her blonde locks pulled back with a long-sleeved white top, earrings and a pair of sunglasses resting atop her head.
Chmerkovskiy was initially in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv to film a dance show when Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, before he made his way to Poland and later back to Los Angeles.
He subsequently returned to Poland to use his platform to help people impacted by the invasion, teaming up with businessman-humanitarian Michael Capponi’s Global Empowerment Mission and Bethenny Frankel’s BStrong foundation to help provide the people of Ukraine with aid amid the invasion from Russia.
The Auckland, New Zealand native posted a brief clip in which she revealed she was headed to pick up her spouse from the airport
In the social media clip, Murgatroyd had her blonde locks pulled back with a long-sleeved white top, earrings and a pair of sunglasses resting atop her head
The Dancing with the Stars alum, who shares son Shai, five, with Chmerkovskiy, sang, ‘Come home to me’
Murgatroyd opened up in an Instagram Stories Q&A last week as she fielded a number of questions from fans about dealing with the stressful family situation.
Murgatroyd said she had used a number of activities to channel her energy toward amid the difficult stretch, including prayer, focusing on her son, and ‘keeping Maks calm and in a place where he is still actively working on helping people but also spending time with family.’
Other activities she listed included: ‘Finding the balance. Breathing. Meditating. Talking it out to friends and family. Having gratitude for what we have here in US. We are so wounded.’
Murgatroyd, who wed Chmerkovskiy in July of 2017, said in her Q&A that while she has had her ‘anxious days’ watching her husband travel abroad amid the crisis in Ukraine, she feels ‘he made the right decision’ to return to Europe to help .
‘There wasn’t a way that he could stay and watch,’ she said. ‘I’m just proud.’
Chmerkovskiy took to Instagram earlier this month from a warehouse in Rzesow, Poland in a clip alongside businessman-humanitarian Michael Capponi, 49, whose Global Empowerment Mission is working to help the people of Ukraine amid the invasion
Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd were snapped in December in LA
Chmerkovskiy’s younger brother Val Chmerkovskiy opened up to former DWTS partner Olivia Jade Sunday about the family ordeal amid the tumultuous time
Chmerkovskiy’s younger brother Val Chmerkovskiy, appearing on Conversations With Olivia Jade Sunday, opened up about the family ordeal amid the tumultuous time.
‘My brother was in Kyiv when the invasion started, and we were all really nervous, obviously,’ Val, 36, said on the podcast. ‘He was petrified, we talked about it, and he was grateful to get out. He is now right back at the Polish border trying to do whatever he can.’
Val emphasized how he hopes the situation abroad does not get normalized in the US more than a month into the invasion.
‘It’s good that we’re safe here – the privilege of living in this country – but there are a lot of our friends and family and peers that are in Ukraine right now that are, like I said, in bomb shelters,’ he said . ‘And I think we’re getting a little used to hearing that word, and we’re kinda like, “Ok cool.” No, no, no, you don’t understand what that is. That means you don’t have a home, and you have to hide in a shelter with nothing there.’