'DWTS': Here's how Amanda Kloots coped with Nick Cordero's tragic death
Ladies and gentlemen, put on your dancing shoes as the highly popular reality TV competition ‘Dancing with the Stars’ are set to return for a 30th season on the ABC network on September 20, 2021. A total of 15 celebrities will be making an appearance and showing their dance moves to with the show. They will be accompanied by 15 professional dancers and choreographers who will train them and make them better with each passing week.
One of the celebrities to take part in this season’s competition is none other than Amanda Kloots, a television personality, and widow of Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero. The TV personality will be looking to woo the judges and viewers with her insane dance moves. It would be the first time since her husband’s death that she will be making an appearance on such a high-profile show. It’ll be interesting to see how she uses her past experiences in dance while competing for the big prize.
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So, let’s dig a little deeper and get to know more about Amanda Kloots?
Who is Amanda Kloots?
Born on March 19, 1982, Amanda Kloots has had a successful career on stage and appeared on several theatre productions during her career. However, she started her career as a professional dancer and danced for around 16 years before she transitioned into fitness. The former dancer is known for her performances in productions such as ‘Good Vibrations’ and toured with Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’.
She became a certified fitness trainer after she developed the jump rope method to stay in envious shape. According to Kloots, the jump rope method is the quickest way to get a full-body workout and she spent years creating ways on how to use the method to get an amazing physique.
Her website states that Kloot’s classes are “a mix of dance and cross-training with special attention on form and details to create a unique, fun workout that will have you drenched in sweat in minutes.”
Her tumultuous first marriage
There have been a lot of ups and downs in Kloot’s life. The TV personality was married to actor David Larsen for six years and that’s when everything started to crumble. On the professional front, one of her most advertised Broadway musicals ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ came to a close after just three months. During that time, she saw her personal life crumbling in front of her as her marriage with Larsen was on the verge of ending.
While talking about her professional and personal life at the time, she wrote in TIME, “I was 31 when I was cast in Bullets Over Broadway, a show that received a lot of promotion. This was my fourth Broadway musical, so getting a closing notice was nothing new to me. But to hear, “the show is closing,” after only three months, stung. At the same time, I found my marriage unexpectedly and abruptly ending after seven years. Just six months before it seemed like everything was about to fall into place, now everything was falling apart.”
Marriage with Nick Cordero
Cordero and Kloots met in 2014 while working on the musical ‘Bullets over Broadway’, for which the actor was nominated for a Tony Award. The TV personality took to Instagram and shared how their love story started. She wrote, “I met Nick doing the Broadway show, Bullets Over Broadway. We were friends first and then fell in love. We got married in NYC in 2017 and had Elvis two years later.” Kloots also noted that Nick always wanted to live in Los Angeles, so they moved to LA in September 2019. They were leading a happy life with Cordero and Kloots excelling in their professional life as well.
However, their lives suddenly came crashing down when Cordero was diagnosed with Covid-19.
Cordero’s tragic death and Kloots’ unbearable loss
Cordero fell very sick and was admitted to a hospital in LA. He was initially diagnosed with pneumonia, but later it was found out that he has Coronavirus. While battling Covid-19, he experienced a lot of complications like lung infection and septic shock. According to various reports, Kloots take extra care of her ailing husband and researched different kinds of treatment.
While talking about her ordeal, Kloots said that there were times when doctors told her that Cordero might not come out alive and she should share her last moments with her. But she never backed down and believed that a miracle would bring her husband back to her as she had a lot of faith.
She wrote on IG, “I’ve been told a couple of times that he won’t make it. I’ve been told to say goodbye. I’ve been told it would take a miracle. He’s still here and despite his odds gets slightly, slightly better every day. Where there is faith, there is hope. Where there is hope, there can be a miracle!”
However, it seems destiny was not on their side as Kloots announced her husband’s death on Instagram on July 6, 2020. She wrote, “God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, every day.”
Since then, she has been talking about her husband on every platform and how he was literally the shining light in her life.
It has been more than a year after Cordero’s death and she recently revealed that she has started dating again. Her revelation was met with a lot of negative responses, but that didn’t stop her from sharing her response on the matter. To be honest, the notion of widows not being allowed to move on with their lives is one of the worst things prevailing in society.
She has the right to move one and it would have taken a lot of determination and emotions to start dating someone even when she lost the love of her life. This must be respected and she is doing all this for her son. Also, she still wears her wedding ring and always confesses that her true love will always be Nick Cordero.
As far as the show is concerned, Amanda Kloots will be seen shaking her legs on various tunes as she enters the celebrity dance show ‘Dancing with the Stars’, which returns with its 30th season on the ABC network on September 20, 2021.