'Dancing With The Stars': John Schneider gets candid on the show about his strained personal life
The 'Dukes of Hazzard' star talks about his estranged children, a difficult divorce and a hopeful future where he can reconnect with his family
Country music star and actor John Schneider, who most recently is a part of the 27th season of 'Dancing With The Stars' (DWTS), is currently going through a rough patch in his personal life. He is struggling to rebuild his relationship with his three estranged children.
An exclusive clip on DWTS shows Schneider getting emotional as he discusses the positive impact country music and the show has had on his life, "If it weren’t for this music and now 'Dancing With The Stars', I don’t think I can survive it, it gives me great joy at a time where I desperately needed it."
Schneider shares a deep connection with country music and holds it very close to his heart, "What country music means to me is it’s three chords and the truth and it shines a light on things that happen in everyday life that are wonderful, not so wonderful, and that is heart-wrenching."
The 58-year-old star is struggling to navigate his difficult divorce, “I’ve been going through a divorce now for four years and it’s awful. The worst part about it is that it’s wedged itself in between my three adult children and myself." What keeps Schneider going is the thought that he will soon be able to mend his relationship with his children. " Nothing I can do except hope one day one of my kids will call me up or show up. I look in the crowd every Monday thinking maybe tonight, maybe tonight," he adds.
Reading through your messages, comments, and I cannot thank you enough for giving me this platform. #DWTS has been the most rewarding journey all because of you.— John Schneider (@John_Schneider) November 6, 2018
Schneider's wife Elvira Schneider first filed for divorce in November 2014, citing irreconcilable differences, suggests a report by People. In 2016, Schneider was ordered to pay his ex-wife $18,911 dollars a month as alimony, according to TMZ. However, Schneider was unable to pay the amount consistently, with over $150,000 overdue in alimony payments. Because of this, he was sentenced to three days in prison. He was released the same day because of California's overcrowded prison system.
His tumultuous marriage continues to affect him but he looks forward to a more hopeful future. Earlier on this season of DWTS, he speaks about this saying, "I’m hoping that I will do my family proud, I’ll do my love over there proud, and maybe my children will speak to me again."
Schneider has had a successful career as an actor in the past. He starred as Bo Duke on the show 'Dukes of Hazzard' from 1979-1985. As a country singer, he's released nine studio albums along with a 'Greatest Hits' compilation. His singles like 'Country Girls' and 'What's a Memory Like You' have topped Billboard country singles charts.