Matthew Morrison’s wife speaks out amid layoffs and ‘So you think you can dance’ accusations
Renee Puente, Matt Morrison’s wife, stepped forward to defend him. After the Joy alum was fired from So you think you can dancethe actress and model spoke out amid allegations of “inappropriate” behavior.
Taking to Instagram to repost Morrison’s video on June 2, Puente, 37, captioned the post, “It’s been a wild ride… My husband finally got a chance to speak his truth.” He did so with such grace and integrity in a complex and incredibly complicated situation.”
His comments mirrored what the Broadway veteran had said in his own Instagram clip about the dangers of gossip. “Gossip and cruelty are poisons that have penetrated the depths of our society and made people forget their true nature – love and compassion,” the Hawaii native explained, quoting life coach Jay Shetty .
“‘Negativity is a trait, not someone’s identity,’ she continued. ‘A person’s true nature can be obscured by clouds, but, like the sun, it’s always there. .And the clouds can defeat any of us.’ Ultimately, Puente urged his followers to dispense with shame and hate. “Stop perpetuating hate and shame. Period. NOBODY DESERVES IT.” She concluded her article with a quote about the ability to let go.
“‘Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition of happiness. If in our heart we still cling to something – anger, anxiety or possessions – we cannot be free. ‘ ~Thich Nhat Hanh“, she shared. “We let go and go to freedom. To everyone who shined love and light into our lives through this… thank you 🙏🏽🌞 To everyone else, send Love & Light.”
In May, it was reported that Morrison had been removed as a SYTYCD judge for violating “contest production protocols”, a change which he said meant he “wasn’t able to judge the competition fairly”. After Morrison’s dismissal, Puente wrote on Instagram, “It’s been a wild ride.”
People reported days later that Morrison and the contestant had an alleged “inappropriate relationship.” A source claimed: “They didn’t have sex, but he contacted her through flirty direct messages on social media.” According to reports, the contestant “became uncomfortable” and approached producers with her concerns. However, the grinch The star claimed the DM was a genuine message and read it in Thursday’s Instagram video.
Morrison and Puente have been married for almost eight years. Morrison popped the question to Puente while horseback riding in Maui in 2013 after meeting at a Grammys party in 2011. Morrison’s friends Elton John and David Furnish reportedly announced the engagement of the couple at the 2013 White Tie and Tiara Ball in London.
The couple have since welcomed two children: son Revel James Makai, born in October 2017, and daughter Phoenix Monroe Morrison born in June 2021. Previously, Morrison was romantically linked to the former Joy costar Lea Michele, Kristen Bell of A good placeand Chrishell Stause of sell sunset.
Morrison said The New York Post in 2015 that his wife is not bothered by his past romantic relationships. “She loves that I’ve been through it all — lots of relationships, one-night stands,” he told the publication. “I learned a lot about who I was and, more importantly, who I wanted to be with. My wife came into my life at such a great time.”