A little less than a month after publicly announcing a contentious breakup, retired American figure skater Johnny Weir and husband Victor Voronov have reportedly had a change of heart.
A TMZ report claims the duo are in the process of a reconciliation and have no plans on continuing with their divorce at this time. Weir filed for divorce in March. The pair were married in New York City on New Year's Eve 2011.
It is with great sadness that I announce that my husband and I are no longer together. My heart hurts, and I wish him well.— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) March 19, 2014
News of the divorce was soon followed by a public back-and-forth leaked through the media, in which both parties threw barbs at one another. Weir, who served as a figure skating commentator at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi in February, claimed Voronov attempted to extort $25,000 in exchange for not doing a public interview about the couple's private life.
The couple also fought a public spat over their shared dog, which Weir claimed Voronov had shown abusive behavior toward in the past.
"It was my desire to resolve this short term marriage with dignity—quickly and quietly—behind closed door," Weir said in court documents, per E! Online's Brett Malec. "The Defendant and ‘his team' on the other hand, have other idea and they have carried through on these threats."
Voronov denied any allegations of impropriety, while claiming he had no idea the divorce was coming. While the couple has reconciled for the time being, the TMZ report claims there is still tension between the pair. Voronov has allegedly requested Weir issue a public apology for all of the public comments he's made since divorce proceedings began, along with numerous other demands about the couple's interpersonal relationship.
Weir is still planning to go through with the reconciliation at the moment, but it's clear the two sides still have plenty to work out.
A three-time United States national champion, Weir competed at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics but failed to medal. Flamboyant in his skating style and wardrobe choices, Weir was one of the best-known American figure skaters during his peak. His style combined with consistently strong technical programs to help give substance to the flash of his performances.
The 29-year-old only permanently retired from the sport in 2013, moving full-time into entertainment endeavors. Along with his duties as a color commentator for NBC, Weir was a fashion commentator for Access Hollywood at the 2014 Academy Awards. He was also the star of the television program Be Good Johnny Weir on the Sundance Channel, which aired its most recent episode in 2012.
Although it's unclear what comes next for Weir—TMZ says he was filming another television show over the weekend—it's promising that he's getting his personal life back into order. Given Weir's status as an outspoken proponent of LGBT charities and organizations, it will also be helpful for him and his husband to put this public ugliness behind them.
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