Emma Slater Says She Is ‘Dating Myself’ After Sasha Farber Divorce (Exclusive)


Emma Slater is opening up about her self-care ways.

Two years after Slater, 35, separated from her ex-husband, fellow Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Sasha Farber, she informed PEOPLE that she “couldn’t be happier” spending time alone lately.

“I’ve been traveling a little bit. It’s a bit of a cliché thing to say, but spending time by myself has been the most rewarding thing that I’ve done in the last few months,” Slater stated on the Race to Erase MS Gala on the Fairmont Spa Century Plaza in Los Angeles on Friday, May 10.

“Dancing with the Stars just wrapped a tour a little over a month ago, and since then I’ve spent some really good quality time by myself, and I haven’t done that in years,” she admitted. “It has really helped me so much, and I was petrified about doing that to begin with, but I forced myself to do it.”

The dancer added that “I’m truly dating myself, and I love that.”

Emma Slater in February 2024; Sasha Farber in April 2024.


Slater and Farber tied the knot in 2018 after years of relationship — and after an engagement throughout a reside taping of DWTS in October 2016. After 4 years of marriage, the pair cut up in 2022, with a supply telling PEOPLE in 2023 that “there’s no bad blood” and the divorce was amicable.

For Slater, being by herself is completely “enough for now.”

“I think it’s that I’m enough by myself, and I don’t need to be with anybody to feel kind of validated and happy, and that I can make myself happy,” she stated.

Despite her current, refreshing time alone, Slater and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Mauricio Umansky sparked relationship rumors final 12 months once they have been noticed holding arms after being paired collectively for DWTS.

They shut the relationship rumors down in October 2023, with Umansky stating they have been “not dating.” The pair have stored in contact as buddies.

“He’s doing good,” Slater informed PEOPLE on the purple carpet. “I mean, he’s so busy right now. He came out with Buying Beverly Hills recently, and I think he’s been traveling a lot also and just working really, really hard, but he’s doing so great.”

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The dancer additionally opened up about her dream DWTS accomplice — a Saturday Night Live alum-turned-romantic lead.

“Well, Andy Samberg,” she revealed. “Yeah, because I love a funny man, and I’ve seen him dance in a [movie] called Palm Springs, albeit quite loose and a bit goofy, but that kind of stole my heart and I just love that type of personality.”


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