Derek Hough Praises Allison Holker After tWitch’s Memorial

Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Allison Holker, and Derek Hough.

Saying goodbye to their beloved buddy. Lots of Stephen “tWitch” Boss’ family members got here collectively on Saturday, February 11, for an intimate Celebration of Life memorial.

“As we speak we honored and celebrated our pricey buddy. The love felt within the room was palpable, the speeches have been pure and the celebration of his life was a rollercoaster of feelings,” Derek Hough — who labored with Boss on NBC’s World of Dance — wrote by way of Instagram early on Sunday, February 12. “I’ve a lot admiration for @allisonholker demonstrating grace, power and braveness throughout this extremely tough time. Thanks for permitting us to share this susceptible second all collectively. We love you tWitch.”

The So You Suppose You Can Dance alum — who died by suicide late final yr— was mourned by spouse Allison Holker and their three youngsters on Saturday. In keeping with a number of reviews, the HGTV host, 35, and eldest daughter Weslie, 14, spoke in the course of the occasion and revealed that that they had launched the Transfer with Kindness Basis to hold on Boss’ legacy by “spreading love and psychological well being consciousness.”

Saturday’s service, carried out by household pastor Joe Smith, additionally noticed most of the late dancer’s well-known associates in attendance. Along with Hough, 37, visitors included Ellen DeGeneres, Wayne Brady, Loni Love and AJ McLean. Former SYTYCD season 6 contestant Mollee Grey, for her half, opened up about attending the emotional service by way of her TikTok a number of hours later.

“So, we simply acquired again from tWitch’s Celebration of Life. It was heartbreaking, it was humorous, it was inspirational, actually all the pieces possible in celebrating this man that has affected all of us,” Grey, 31, mentioned in her Saturday add, revealing husband Jeka Jane accompanied her to the memorial. “We needed to pour a pleasant glass of wine and cheers to the issues that we have been impressed by at this time.”

The married couple — who wed in 2017 — went on to toast kindness, large hugs, checking in on family members each day and making everyone really feel “validated and seen.” The Teen Seaside Film actress concluded: “Alli, we love and children [Weslie, Maddox and Zaia], we love you. To the king, tWitch.”

Us Weekly confirmed in December 2022 that the previous Ellen DeGeneres Present DJ had died by suicide on the age of 40.

“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I’ve to share my husband Stephen has left us,” Holker, who married the Actual Soiled Dancing host in 2013, mentioned in an announcement on the time. “Stephen lit up each room he stepped into. He valued household, associates and neighborhood above all else and main with love and light-weight was all the pieces to him. He was the spine of our household, one of the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his followers.”

Derek Hough Praises Allison Holker’s ‘Strength’ at Husband Stephen 'tWitch’ Boss' Celebration of Life

Derek Hough and Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss.
Courtesy of Derek Hough/Instagram

The previous Dancing With the Stars professional added: “His optimistic influence will proceed to be felt. I’m sure there gained’t be a day that goes by that we gained’t honor his reminiscence. We ask for privateness throughout this tough time for myself and particularly for our three kids. Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I’ll at all times save the final dance for you.”

Boss is survived by his spouse and their three kids: Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3. (The late performer had adopted Weslie, Holker’s daughter from a earlier relationship, after their nuptials.)

For those who or somebody you understand is in emotional misery or contemplating suicide, name the 988 Suicide & Disaster Lifeline at 988.