John Schneider Gets Emotional Over Strained Relationship With His Kids On ‘Dancing With The Stars’
The 58-year-old former star of the Dukes of Hazzard series opened up about the subject in an emotional short video that aired on Monday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars. Schneider also explained in the clip how much country music means to him.
“What country music means to me is it’s three chords and the truth and it shines a light on things that happen in everyday life that are wonderful, not so wonderful, and that are heart-wrenching,” said Schneider. “I’ve been going through a divorce now for four years and it’s awful. The worst part about it is that it’s wedged itself in between my three adult children and myself. Nothing I can do except hope one day one of my kids will call me up or show up. I look in the crowd every Monday thinking maybe tonight, maybe tonight.”
He continued: “If it weren’t for this music and now Dancing with the Stars, I don’t think I can survive it. It gives me great joy at a time where I desperately needed it.”
Schneider briefly talked about his rapport with his adult children — Karis, Chasen and Leah — earlier this season. He said he rarely speaks with them.
“I’m hoping that I will do my family proud, I’ll do my love over there proud,” Schneider told host Erin Andrews, referencing his girlfriend, Alicia, and added, “and maybe my children will speak to me again.”
Schneider and his wife Elvira “Elly” Schneider divorced in November 2014 after 21 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
According to People, the actor and country singer was sentenced to three days in jail in Los Angeles in June for failing to pay more than $150,000 in owed alimony payments to Elvira. A court then ordered Schneider to complete a list of requirements that included filing back taxes and making other financial disclosures before the end of 2018.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.