When she’s not hosting the hottest dance competition show in America, Tyra Banks loves to spend quality time with her son York.
In an interview with People published Thursday, the new host of “Dancing with the Stars” spoke about the special bond she shares with her 4-year-old.
“Coming home to him makes it all worth it,” the “America’s Next Top Model” creator told the outlet. “If it’s late, I’ll get into bed and cuddle with him.”
Though she admits there are challenges to raising a child during the pandemic — “It’s just life” — the supermodel says she and her son have adjusted to their new normal.
“I find little kids so interesting. At first wearing a mask was awkward, but now, it’s all he knows. It’s just normal.”
Banks also receives additional help from her mom Carolyn London, who recently moved in.
“My mom moved in with us and it feels like the most natural thing,” Banks said. “Human beings are pack animals, so it’s strength in numbers. And it is such a blessing.”
However, mama Carolyn does sometimes get on her daughter’s nerves!
“She buys way too many groceries!" Banks hilariously noted.
While York won’t be in the audience for “Dancing with the Stars” due to safety protocols, he will, reluctantly, be watching from home.
“He will be with my mom on the couch, bored,” Banks said. “He’s very verbal. He’ll say, ‘Why do we have to watch Mommy’s TV?’”
In July, ABC announced that Banks would be replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews as host of the popular dance program.
“I’ve been a fan of ‘DWTS’ since its beginning,” Banks said in a statement. “The fun mixed with raw emotion, seeing celebrities push past their comfort zones, the sizzling dance performances... it’s always transported me to my days of turning it up 10 notches on the catwalk.”
Not only is Banks the first solo presenter but she is also the show’s first-ever Black female host.
During the Season 29 premiere on Monday, our very own Jeannie and her partner Brandon Armstrong performed a sexy salsa number to Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It to My Heart.”
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Today was a dream come true. All I was thankful to accomplish was to learn ONE dance. I knew NONE of these moves, and yet tonight I became a "Jeannie Necklace" for my partner @brandonarmstrong 📿🙃 Brandon, THANK YOU for the tough love 💚 And to all watching, I pray our song made you smile tonight!! @dancingabc #DWTS #TeamDreamofJeannie (Fan votes count next week so tune in Tues 9/22!)