DWTS’ Donald Driver Talks About Growing Up Homeless, Living Out of U-Haul Trucks
You never know where life is going to take you. Donald Driver grew up homeless, one of five kids raised by a struggling mom, and said he never wanted children of his own. Now he’s a Green Bay Packers wide receiver who lives in a beautiful home — we got to see part of it on the Dancing With the StarsSeason 14 premiere — with his wife of 12 years, Betina, and their children.
“We have three beautiful kids: Christian is 8. Christina is 6. And Charity is 7 months,” Donald told Good Morning America. “So, you know, I love my babies … For a guy that grew up saying he never wanted kids, it’s truly a blessing.”
Now he’s not only a daddy, he’s a three-time children’s book author whose stories are based on bedtime tales he’d tell his kids. The main character in the books is named “Quickie,” which Donald said is the nickname his own mom gave him as a kid because she’d have to chase him around the house and could never catch him.
Donald and his DWTS partner Peta Murgatroyd just topped the Week 4 leaderboard with a (shirtless!) Rock Week Paso Doble. They have the Argentine Tango tonight for Latin Week. If they make it to the Season 14 finale, it’ll be an impressive accomplishment, but it still can’t compare to the journey he’s already been on.
“Well, I mean, I grew up homeless, you know, lived in and out of U-Haul trucks and, you know, apartment houses, friends,” Donald said. “You know, when Mom’s trying to raise five kids, it’s very hard. But, you know, I think one thing she’s always said is that God’s going to get us out of it, and he did.”
On a much more shallow note, read the full story for Donald’s position on shirtless dancing. He makes a good point.
Catch the next new episode of DWTS on Monday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.