“Dancing With the Stars” standout Shawn Johnson has kept silent on the disturbing news that a man was arrested for allegedly stalking her. But in a new interview with Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos, the gymnast opened up about how she’s staying focused on the competition.
“How do you keep all the outside stuff that goes on away and focus?” Maria asked the 17-year-old Olympic champ.
“I have no idea,” Shawn told Maria. “I think it just kind of comes with the sport. With gymnastics, if your mind wanders, you can get hurt or not do your best and stuff, so you learn it over time.
“It’s hard not to take the outside stuff and have it affect you during practice,” Shawn continued. “Of course there’s been a lot going on that you try not to think about — negative, negative things really get to me, ‘cause I’m always the one that’s like, ‘The glass is half full.’ I try to find the positive in everything, so if anybody is negative or down or upset and stuff, it really kind of affects me, but I try to fix it and get back to work.”
It’s an impressive attitude coming from the young star, who has somehow been able to put last week’s frightening incident behind her.
“You’re OK right now?” Maria asked.
“Yeah, very good,” Shawn said.
“You’re handling everything well?” Maria continued.
“Trying to, yes,” Shawn replied.
Putting her troubles to the back of her mind has helped Shawn remain a frontrunner for the “Dancing” mirrorball trophy. And through it all, Shawn’s parents have been her No. 1 supporters — they’re there every night in the ballroom.
Mom Teri even joined in the interview.
“Are you having fun watching her?” Maria asked.
“I’m loving it,” Teri said. “To this day, I cannot dance in public. I’m so afraid of people watching me, so I love this for her because I don’t want her to be an adult with inhibitions that are awful.”