Ryan Lochte Breaks Down When Discussing Seeing His Mother React to Protesters on ‘DWTS’ 

Just last week, Ryan Lochte made his debut on Dancing with the Stars and immediately after, protesters rushed the stage, leaving the gold medal-winner and his dancing partner Cheryl Burke shaken up. In a new promo, the 32-year-old athlete opens up about going through that shocking ordeal.

“After the dance, two people protesting against me went out on the dance floor,” Lochte says in the clip. “Then I look up in the stands and I see my mom just in tears. And seeing her in tears just…” the swimmer says, then stops to compose himself.

When asked by Entertainment Tonight if he’d watched the interruption since it went down, Lochte admitted that reliving that incident would be very hard for him.

“I don’t want to recap that just because I’ll start getting down on myself and after what happened with [that] … DWTS, they’ve shown so much support and I’ve been so positive lately that I just gotta keep being positive and I don’t want to go back.”

Here’s the clip:

Dancing with the Stars returns tonight at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.