'Dancing With The Stars' Pro Peta Murgatroyd Officially Becomes US Citizen!

'Dancing With The Stars' Pro Peta Murgatroyd Officially Becomes US Citizen!

Peta Murgatroyd is now a United States citizen!

The 33-year-old Dancing With The Stars pro, who was born in New Zealand and grew up in Australia, shared the exciting new on her Instagram account.

“Yesterday was an emotional day for me. After countless US Visas starting from 2006 and the last 5 years with a Green Card, I am officially a United States citizen. I’m getting misty eyed writing this, because I haven’t reflected on my life up until this point,” Peta shared. “I went deep down memory lane and I cried at the ceremony and then really cried in private. Memories surfaced that I had forgotten about, wishes that I had made as a child in my backyard with a full moon and promises that I made to myself and my family. Everything came full circle and here I was sitting in an auditorium with 1000 people, with my Ukrainian/American husband and my American son….a girl from little Perth with a big dream of being ‘someone’. I dreamt of performing on the worlds biggest stage, I dreamt of people knowing my name, I dreamt of being the best at my craft, I dreamt of making a difference in the world and most of all I dreamt of making my family proud and proving that I could do it at the highest level.”
“I love the life I created, but it wouldn’t be possible without the United States giving me the chance to succeed and live in the best country in the world, where dreams really do come true. This country gave me my career, it’s where I found the love of my life, and it’s where my first child was born. This will always be home now,” she continued. “I looked around at the auditorium full of immigrants….their eyes were longingly filled with hope, faith and belief. I am an immigrant too. I will always be one, and I’m proud of it.”
“Thank you USA for accepting me, I will continue to work and treat this country with the upmost respect. I will honor the flag and The Pledge of Allegiance. I don’t take this lightly. God Bless America,” Peta concluded.

She also shared photos from the citizenship ceremony, where she was joined by her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy and son Shai.

Congratulations Peta!!!

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