Gleb Savchenko is doing everything possible to make co-parenting with his ex-wife an enjoyable experience for their children.
The Dancing with the starspro donned his best 80s workout gear for Cassie Scerbo’s 80s-themed birthday party (benefiting Boo2Bullying) in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and opened up with ET’s Katie Krause about her life, her children, and Elena Samodanova’s highly publicized divorce.
“We are trying to move on, we are friends, we share fatherhood, we are on very good terms,” shared Savchenko.
Savchenko and her ex share two daughters, Olivia, 10, and Zlata, 3, and the professional dancer said they are trying to make the best of their situation. The couple agreed to split custody of their daughters, with Savchenko spending five days with them, then Samodanova picked them up for five days, back and forth.
“Co-parenting is fun. We made it a lot of fun for the kids,” shared Savchenko. “I said to Olivia, ‘Whatever happens, it’s life, but you can live in two different places. You will have your own room, with anime posters and LED lights, and you will make it a lot of fun. Then you can go back to your mom and have your own room, which is a little different. But it’s fun. ‘”
The Russian-born ballroom dancer recently sat down with Scerbo for his B2B series 1on1, where he talked about being bullied as a child for his interest in dancing.
Savchenko reflected on her experiences with ET and revealed what she plans to tell her own daughter, Olivia, if she faces bullying in the future.
“I’ll say, ‘I love you, your mom loves you, we support you, we think you are amazing, you have a lot of talent,'” he said. “‘Stick to what you really love and who you are, don’t let other kids … try to ruin your environment. Stick to what you believe in and be positive.’
Regarding her rumored romance with Scerbo, Savchenko was a bit more shy and shared, “We are friends. I can tell you that she is a great, great girl, and we are friends.”
Check out the video below to hear more from Scerbo about his fun jazzercise-themed birthday party.