“Honestly, [it’s] a perfect fit because from the very beginning, we felt like this little life we made was the most perfect gift God could grant us.
Maks didn’t grow up with a middle name, but I definitely wanted Shai to have one.
Prior to that, Chmerkovskiy was engaged to co-star, Karina Smirnoff, and Murgatroyd was dating Damian Whitewood. ’ That’s when I knew it wasn’t really over for forever,” Murgatroyd told People Magazine.
The two became friends before they started dating in 2012.
So we gave him his middle name after Maks’ dad Aleksandr (spelled a little differently to honor Shai’s heritage but also make it unique to him).
It was a really special moment for Maks to have his dad be a part of something we created. Shai Aleksander Chmerkovskiy, welcome to the world,” Murgatroyd wrote.
“I thought he was arrogant,” Murgatroyd told People Magazine in December 2015, recalling her first impressions of her husband-to-be.
“I learned to like him because I found out he wasn’t that arrogant.
“Maks’ romantic proposal is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.