Suffering a miscarriage is one of the most devastating and tough situations a couple can experience, but since Maks Chmerkovskiy was in another country each of the three times wife Peta Murgatroyd had one, it was downright unbearable.
The 35-year-old dancer's first two pregnancy losses happened in 2020: when the first one occurred, she was unable to get in touch with Chmerkovskiy, 42, since he was working, and on the second occasion, he was traveling the country for a tour.
Murgatroyd's most recent miscarriage happened while her husband was in Ukraine amid the violence with Russia.
"It was crazy. It makes you feel helpless. And for a dude like me, like all my priorities have completely shifted," the dad-of-one told PEOPLE. "I think the darkest part is when the person you are in love with calls you and she says that she had a miscarriage in the bathroom, that's as dark as it can get."
The Dancing With the Stars professional prides himself on being the backbone of the household — "I'm just here to make sure that everything goes well, regardless of what it is. I feel like that's my job," he said — but Chmerkovskiy confessed that the emotional situations have really taken a toll on him.
"I just want to sometimes cry on her shoulder or be on the receiving end, so it's tough. I just need to be supportive of someone else's process," he explained. "I try to do my best in just supporting Peta and her journey in figuring herself out because that's what this is. I always try to fix things and I realized that it's not me or mine to fix. I'm a changed man because of this experience."
The choreographer and his wife are now trying to move forward, and the blonde beauty is even in the midst of an IVF treatment.
"You got to be so strong as a couple and so strong as people. We are," he noted. "I think I can surmise in my head this entire experience is very telling and revealing of who we are as a couple."