Fans were shocked to learn of the horrific highway pile-up involving the DWTS tour bus, that occurred during an Iowa snowstorm on Monday. There was one fatality and four others injured. One of the troupe members on board the DWTS tour bus was Derek Hough’s girlfriend, Hayley Erbert. Thankfully, Erbert and the rest of the Dancing with the Stars cast are okay! On Tuesday, Derek shared a photo with her on his Instagram, happy to note his girlfriend is safe! Since then, many have been wondering, who is Hayley Erbert? Our Hayley Erbert wiki will give you everything you need to know about Hough’s gorgeous gal!
After the terrifying ordeal, Derek Hough took to Instagram to reflect on how thankful he is that his girlfriend (and his DWTS fam) was safe. He uploaded a photo of himself with Erbert and wrote, “I’m so thankful my love is safe. To my DWTS family. I love you all and I am so glad you are all safe after such a terrible accident. Be strong, be safe and I will see you very soon.”
Reportedly, some of the cast members suffered minor injuries but everybody is doing fine. Their bus crashed on Interstate 80 and sources claim that at least seven people died on different roads in Iowa on Monday, because of the bad weather.
Everybody knows about the man with the dancing shoes, but how much do we know about Derek Hough’s girlfriend, Hayley Erbert? Get to know more about Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert, right here!
She’s a Dancer and a Pageant Girl
Hayley Erbert was born on October 11, 1994, which makes Hayley Erbert’s age 23. She is a native of Topeka, Kansas and has an older brother. She graduated from Washburn Rural High School. Her stepfather, Jim Schwartz, owns and operates King Pharmacy and her mother, Debbie Schwartz, works in the corporate office of Payless ShoeSource.
Erbert began dancing at the young age of three, while also training to be a gymnast. She competed in pageants when she was really young. She finished second for Miss Kansas in the Miss Teen USA pageant.
Erbert pursued dance as her career and went on to compete in So You Think You Can Dance season 10. She performed with All-Stars like Dmitry Chaplin, Joshua Allen, and Twitch, and made it all the way to the Top 6 before getting eliminated!
She’s on Dancing with the Stars
Erbert has been part of the DWTS troupe since season 21. In one of the episodes of season 24 of Dancing With the Stars, Erbert shared the ballroom spotlight with season 24 finalists, David Ross and Lindsay Arnold. The trio performed a warrior-themed Paso Doble to “Gangsta’s Paradise” in week 8. The dance, however, failed to impress the judges.
Derek Hough wasn’t competing in Season 24 given his very busy schedule. But he did make time to visit his home stage to cheer the contestants and perhaps, cheer on his lady love during her first major DWTS routine. They even shared a sweet little kiss backstage. (Sigh! What a cute couple…)
She Toured with the Hough Siblings
While Hough and Erbert have a DWTS connection, that wasn’t where they met. Derek and Julianne Hough created the Move Live Tour and hired Erbert to perform with them in 2014. The couple began dating in 2015.
While on tour, an ABC producer saw her perform and offered her a spot in the DWTS troupe. “They got my contact information from Derek and Julianne, called me and set up an interview. I interviewed right after I got off tour and found out a couple of weeks later that I was on Season 21. That was really exciting for me, not being a trained ballroom dancer, it was really exciting,” said Erbert.
She also got the opportunity to perform at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards and the Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special, which both aired on ABC.
She Loves Animals
Besides dancing, animals are Erbert’s “other love.” She said she loves animals and tries to volunteer as much as possible at the animal shelter. Her Instagram displays her love for animals, and her particular soft spot for cats.
As an owner of a tabby named Nugget, a major part of Erbert’s Instagram is dedicated to her furry companion. She has also posted cat-themed memes and funny pictures. But she has been so busy on tour, she hasn’t had time to post about her cats. She did pose with a cute dog recently, though! Perhaps there’s a new puppy in the mix?
When she’s not posting pictures of animals or Hough, she’s sharing pictures with other DWTS troupe members and pros, including Alan Bersten, Val Chmerkovskiy, and Keo Motsepe. Simply adorable!
Derek Hough on Marriage
Back in 2016, when Hough appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he spoke about the possibility of getting married. He said, “You know, if you would have asked me like a year ago, or two years ago, I’d probably [have been] like, ‘I’m not really looking [for that].’ But I’m kind of in a place now in my life, kind of in a transition, and yeah — I see myself married with kids within the next five years, so, we’ll see.”
Hayley Erbert’s Hot Pics
Hayley Erbert’s Instagram is filled with a lot of photos. She loves to update her fans about what she’s up to and give them a peek into her life. And there’s no denying she’s simply gorgeous! Given below are some of Erbert’s hot pics.
1. Indulgence at Its Best