'DWTS' Star Cody Rigsby Regrets Not Having Same-Sex Partner

Monday October 25, 2021

"Dancing With the Stars" dancer Cheryl Burke, left, with Cody Rigsby, right.
"Dancing With the Stars" dancer Cheryl Burke, left, with Cody Rigsby, right.  (Source:Instagram @codyrigsby)

Social media star JoJo Siwa made headlines recently by partnering with Jenna Johnson on "Dancing With the Stars," the first same-sex pairing in the American edition in the series' 30 season history.

But, as the Huffington Post writes, Siwa, who came out in January, is not the only LGBTQ contestant this season. Joining her is Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby, whom, the Huffington Post writes, " is also wowing audiences with his groovy footwork, and is partnered with dancer Cheryl Burke."

But in a GLAAD video interview Rigsby expressed his wish that he could have done things differently.

"When the conversation opportunity came up for 'Dancing With The Stars,' I was just so excited to be on the show, I guess I didn't even think it was a possibility," he explained to GLAAD's Anthony Allen Ramos. "So I didn't bring it up. Had I maybe had a moment to breathe and recognize an opportunity, I definitely would have asked!"

Rigsby and Burke have faced some health issues over the past few weeks as it was reported the pair got COVID despite being fully vaccinated.

While he wasn't the first male to dance with a male partner on "DWTS," he feels it will happen soon. "I know that Val [Chmerkovskiy] is really open to having a same-sex partner for next season," he said. "I think that would be incredible."

Rigsby came to fame, Vogue wrote earlier this year, when Peleton became a pandemic sensation. "As gyms and boutique fitness studios shuttered, Peloton boomed—the company's revenue is up 172% over last year, according to one report—and Rigsby, with his unwavering cheer, sass and and flair for nostalgia, has emerged an instructor uniquely suited to a bleak moment, a rainbow in our collective cloud."

To GLAAD he also discussed his difficult coming out process while growing up in Greensboro, North Carolina. "At a young age, people started to call me a girl, and that was the first attack in fourth or fifth grade," he said. "That was the first thing I recognized as people bullying me and questioning who I am because of their attacks and insecurities. As gay kid, we are always made fun of because it is the easy thing to do for some people."

In his Vogue interview, he elaborated on dealing with homophobic rhetoric while in school. It stops you from completely being who you want to be," he says. "I was in denial for such a long time. "I remember trying to hook up with a girl and... nothing was functioning," he recalled. "I remember leaving that experience and being like, 'Okay, you're gay. You got to figure this out. Like, the jig is up, baby." 

He also discussed with Vogue that he thinks Peleton's success has something to do with his the company's commitment to diversity.

"I always think of the Peloton bike as a Trojan horse of diversity and acceptance," he told Vogue. "I want to be able to change people's hearts and open their minds to what a gay man is."

"He's guided riders in the process of coming out to their families; one mother of a trans child approached Rigsby at a Pride ride to say that having him as a queer instructor helped her in 'opening her heart to accepting their own child,'" Vogue added."

This made Rigsby cry. "If I'm creating change in the world, even if it was just one person at a time," he says, "it gives me immense pride."