Carlos PenaVega, of Big Time Rush and Dancing with the Stars fame, has a story to tell about how God changed his entire life in a week. Carlos then turned around and shared some of that new life with the audience of DWTS.
PenaVega, 26, related on the program how his life had hit rock bottom in 2012, following a successful tour with the music group Big Time Rush. “Tour life is a lot of fun…There is a lot of partying,” he said.
“You get this rush on going on stage, and when you get home, it’s just you,” PenaVega said. “The tour ended, and I felt really alone. I locked myself in my house. I started smoking weed like every day. I was like I don’t want to talk to anybody. I don’t want to see anybody.”
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“Carlos was in a dark place. He was going through some major stuff,” his friend Andrew Mortaza recalled. “He called me, and he asked me if he could go to church with me.”
Mortaza took him to Harvest Christian Fellowship in Los Angeles. “I do remember when he came. He wanted change. He wanted transformation,” said pastor Duane Ganther.
“From that Sunday to the next Sunday, my life changed forever,” recounted PenaVega. “On Thursday, I got invited to a Bible study, and at the Bible study I met my wife,” actress Alexa Vega.
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“It’s so crazy to me that in one week, my life changed forever,” he said with tears in his eyes. The two married in 2014, combining their last names to become the PenaVegas.
They are competing against each other in season 21 of DWTS. On Monday’s show, Carlos danced with his partner Witney Carson to the song Amazing Grace.
The judges were pleased with what they saw. “The conviction in your performance was the best you’ve ever given,” judge Bruno Tonioli told PenaVega, calling it mesmerizing. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said his performance was “mindblowing” and he had danced from his soul, as the Spirit moved.
“This story, not many people know that side of me,” Carlos said. “I’m relieved. That’s who I am. That’s me.”
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