‘DWTS’ Melissa Gilbert On Her Divorce: ‘I Could Barely Leave The House’ (EXCLUSIVE)

By: / April 24, 2012

Melissa On Maksim
Melissa Gilbert dish about her 'DWTS' partner.
It’s hard to imagine Melissa Gilbert doing anything but the cha-cha-cha or the waltz on Dancing With The Stars

But, in a refreshingly candid interview with Celebuzz, the former Little House on the Prairie star revealed that her divorce left her incapacitated for the last few months, before taking to the dance floor.

The 47-year-old, who’s currently paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on DWTS, split with Babylon 5 hubby Bruce Boxleitner last August after sixteen years of marriage.

“I couldn’t have done this show while I was going through my separation and the throes of the divorce,” Melissa confessed to Celebuzz. “I could barely leave the house.”

“Now things are good,” she added.
“We’re trying really hard to keep things as peaceful and co-operative as we can. It’s not been easy and we’ve both had our moments.
“It’s been hard on the kids and that’s been hard to watch but ultimately everyone’s going to be fine. Everything takes time.”

Melissa’s hunky new Parisian boyfriend, Thierry Gauchet, is surely helping her overcome the pain.

“He came to visit for three weeks. Right now he’s driving my Mustang through the desert. The relationship is brand new. I’m trying not to have any expectations. I’m just cross-eyed!”