"I can no longer turn my head the other way," Elena Samodanova tells PEOPLE of her split from Gleb Savchenko

By Ashley Boucher and Melody Chiu
November 07, 2020 07:04 AM
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Elena Samodanova is speaking out following her split from husband and Dancing with the Stars pro, Gleb Savchenko.

Samodanova, 36, tells PEOPLE that her trust in the professional dancer has been "irrevocably broken," and is accusing Savchenko of "ongoing infidelity."

"After 14 years of marriage, and multiple affairs, I’ve decided enough is enough," Samodanova says.

"Gleb and I have created a family and multiple businesses together. But apparently, it just wasn’t enough to keep our marriage strong," she tells PEOPLE.

"Gleb’s ongoing infidelity and a recent inappropriate relationship has created turmoil in our marriage and absolutely torn our family apart," she adds, claiming that Savchenko, 37, has been seeing another woman recently.

"No wife should ever stand by and watch while another woman gifts her husband expensive presents, lures him out to dinners and seduces him at every turn," Samodanova says. "Last night was the final straw, and I can no longer turn my head the other way. My trust in Gleb is irrevocably broken and it is time that I walk away and begin to heal so I can be the best version of myself for my girls."

On Saturday, Savchenko shared a response to Samodanova's statement.

"While I will continue to respect the privacy of my family, I will not stand by and allow false accusations and internet rumors go unaddressed," he said in a statement from his rep. "My relationship with Chrishell was and remains strictly platonic. Our friendship during our season on DWTS was not the reason for our split. Elena and I have had longstanding issues in our marriage. This has been an ongoing situation between Elena and I paired with poor timing. It was my deepest hope to keep our private life just that: private. I am saddened and disappointed to see that Elena has chosen not to do the same."

Savchenko announced that he and Samodanova were parting ways after 14 years of marriage on Instagram earlier Friday.

"It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my wife and I are parting ways after 14 years of marriage," he wrote. "We still intend to co-parent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly, and we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them. We ask that you respect our family’s need for privacy and healing during this time."

The former couple share two daughters, Olivia, 9, and Zlata, 3.

News of the split comes just days after Savchenko was eliminated from DWTS with his dance partner, Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause — who later on Friday denied rumors that she and Savchenko were having an affair.

Chrishell Stause, Gleb Savchenko
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"I am so saddened about the news of Gleb and Elena's split. It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life," Stause, 39, said in a post on her Instagram Story.

Alluding to her split from This Is Us star Justin Hartley last November, Stause added: "Having gone through a public split myself, I would not wish this on anyone. As you can imagine, the countless hours of training, and dance rehearsals has created a strong supportive friendship, but nothing more. I wish nothing but the best for both Gleb and Elena during this unfortunate time."

Stause's rep also shared a statement regarding Samodanova's remarks. "Any insinuation or accusation that Chrishell is in any way involved in the dissolution of Gleb and Elena’s marriage is 100% categorically false. To be clear: Chrishell and Gleb are in no way, and have never been in any way, romantically involved," the rep said.