“Dancing with the Stars” Season 14 Winner Blair has Multiple Sclerosis

Selma Blair departs ‘Dancing with the Stars’ over health concerns related to MS

By Amy Pyle

Jan. 9, 2020

The “Dancing with the Stars” Season 14 winner recently disclosed in an interview with ABC News’ Nancy Cordes that she has MS, but has been able to keep it secret from the public for 30 years. She also revealed that her MS flared up again this past weekend, but the doctors have told her she has to continue with her treatment and to leave her home in California. (Read the complete interview at the bottom of this story.)

“I’ve been told my diagnosis is multiple sclerosis,” the 51-year-old former professional dancer said. “They said they can’t do anything for it.”

When asked if the doctors have recommended a transplant, she said, “No, but they have told me that’s the best option.”

Since the initial diagnosis of MS in 1992, Blair said she has not been able to go public about her disease.

Blair announced in July 2018 that she had been diagnosed with a form of MS known as “relapsing-remitting” MS.

She said she got the diagnosis after she experienced a relapse after getting off the dance floor. She said she had been unable to dance for several weeks and the diagnosis shocked her.

Blair said in an interview with Nancy Cordes Wednesday that she has been able to keep a low profile about the disease.

“I had been doing my best to keep my disease under wraps and not let it interfere with my performance as much as possible,” Blair said. “But now with a diagnosis, I have to face it and understand how serious it is.”

She added: “When I was diagnosed, it was a total shock for me,” she told Cordes. “I was able to hide some things about my condition for a long time, and I’m really glad that I was able to keep it under wraps.

“I have my health now, and I have to focus on the future, instead of all the things that are happening.”

“I’m extremely lucky that I have been able to go this long with this disease without knowing it,”

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