Mary Lou Retton gets candid about her divorce news following ‘DWTS’ elimination (exclusive)

Mary Lou Retton is not letting her recent setback bring her down. 

During Monday night’s Dancing With the Stars, the 50-year-old former Olympic gymnast opened up about her painful divorce from husband Shannon Kelley after 27 years of marriage. She then took to the stage to perform a tango with her partner, Sasha Farber.

But the dance wasn’t enough to keep Retton safe and she was eliminated later that evening. ET’s Katie Krause spoke with Retton right after her elimination where she remained positive about the future. 

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Mary Lou Retton through the years
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(Original Caption) Mary Lou Retton performs on the balance beam on her way to becoming the first American woman to win the women's gymnastics individual all-around competition gold medal.
Head shot of Mary Lou Reton on uneven bars at the McDonald Am. Cup.
UNDATED: United States gymnast Mary Lou Retton performs, circa 1980s. (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
384413 01: Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton poses in a Houston, Texas Studio, 1995. (Photo by Pam Francis/Liaison)
Athlete Mary Lou Retton attends the First Annual ESPY Awards on March 4, 1993 at Paramount Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Tipper Gore and Mary Lou Retton hold the American flag while they watch the free skate program in White Ring during the 1998 Winter Olympic games. (Photo by � Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Mary Lou Retton, circa 1985. (Photo by Getty Images)
American Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton holds up her gold medal at a press conference during the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Mary Lou, who has also won a silver, has a chance at four more medals.
(Original Caption) Los Angeles: Mary Lou Retton, Fairmont, W. Va., is overjoyed as her coach Bela Korolyi plants a big kiss on her cheek after she squeaked out a narrow win over Ecaterina Szabo of Romania in the Women's All-Around Gymnastics in Los Angeles.
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton during an interview with guest host Joan Rivers on August 8, 1984 -- (Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Mary Lou Retton spreads her arms during her individual balance beam routine, in which event she placed 4th.
Gold medal winner Mary Lou Retton poses for a photograph after the awards ceremony for the Women's Gymnastics Combined event at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. (Photo by � Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
384413 01: Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton poses in a Houston, Texas Studio, 1995. (Photo by Pam Francis/Liaison)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton performs on August 8, 1984 -- (Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Gold medal winner Mary Lou Retton and bronze medal winner Simona Pauca of Romania listen to the playing of the United States National Anthem at the awards ceremony for the Women's Gymnastics Combined event at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. (Photo by � Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Athlete Mary Lou Retton attends the First Annual ESPY Awards on March 4, 1993 at Paramount Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 11: Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Lou Retton on stage at the Winning Way 'A Day of Champions' sports gala held at the Arrowhead Pond Stadium on July 11, 2004 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Mary Lou Retton smiles during a speech to a group at the University of Denver before a gymnastics meet among DU, Air Force and Arizona State. Retton talked about her life in gymnastics and competing in the Olympics and winning gold in 1984. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Athlete Mary Lou Retton attends the Women's Sports Foundation's 14th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards on October 4, 1993 at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Athlete Mary Lou Retton attends the Women's Sports Foundation's Fifth Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards on September 24, 1984 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Athlete Mary Lou Retton attends the First Annual ESPY Awards on March 4, 1993 at Paramount Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Athlete Mary Lou Retton and athlete Kevin Young attend the First Annual ESPY Awards on March 4, 1993 at Paramount Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 16: Former Gold Medal Olympian Mary Lou Retton throws out the first pitch before Game three of National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 16, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Cardinals 5-2 to set the series at 2 games to 1 St. Louis. (Photo By Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
1984 Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Mary Lou Retton introduces herself during the 2008 Performance Nutrition Culinary Summit at the United States Olympic Center in Colorado Springs. Retton was on hand to learn about the impact of diet on Olympic athletes. Photo by Glenn Asakawa, The Denver Post (Photo By Glenn Asakawa/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL - FEBRUARY 21: Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic Gold Medalist in Women's Gymnastics, looks on during the 2009 Tyson American Cup at the Sears Centre on February 21, 2009 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - APRIL 05: Athlete Mary Lou Retton arrives to Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIV at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 5, 2008 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
KATIE - It is a gymnastics challenge between Katie Couric and Mary Lou Retton, on KATIE, airing TUESDAY, DEC. 4, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/Disney-ABC via Getty Images)KATIE COURIC, MARY LOU RETTON
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Mary Lou Retton poses at 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 27 at CBS Televison City on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Trios Night' - The 10 remaining celebrities discover that two may be company, but three is definitely not a crowd as former show stars, as well as some newbies, join the couples for a special Trios Night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live on MONDAY, OCT. 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SASHA FARBER, MARY LOU RETTON, NASTIA LIUKIN
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Mary Lou Retton (L) and Carrie Ann Inaba pose at 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 27 at CBS Televison City on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Las Vegas Night' - After taking in the music and culture of New York City on last night's show, the 12 remaining couples are set to celebrate the allure of Sin City and take a gamble on dancing to some of the city's most iconic songs as Las Vegas Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live TUESDAY, OCT. 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) MARY LOU RETTON, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'New York City Night' - The 12 remaining couples take a bite out of the Big Apple and dance to iconic songs from the city that never sleeps, as New York City Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCT. 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) SASHA FARBER, MARY LOU RETTON
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“I knew it was coming soon,” she admitted. “I’m okay with it. Every time we came out on this dance floor, I gave it my all. I have no regrets.” 

Calling Farber her “brother for life,” Retton added, “He taught me so much, taught me how to dance, also taught me a lot of about life and that woman I was searching for when I first arrived here, I found her and it feels good.” 

Renton said she’s now ready for a “fresh start,” saying that sharing her story makes her “feel lighter.” 

It was important for her to open up about her divorce in such a public way. 

“I had a platform to do it and I had been talking about all my struggles, and I was just very general,” she explained. “I was dancing and hoping to inspire women that was kind of my group that I was focused on, and I hope that helping someone out there tonight just by sharing my story.” 

As for returning to the dating world, Retton said she’ll have to see. 

“I am open to it, of course,” she noted. 

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Mary Lou Retton and Shannon Kelley
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Athlete Mary Lou Retton and husband Shannon Kelley attend the Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Hollywood Premiere on March 16, 1994 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 13: (AFP OUT) Mary-Lou Retton Kelley and her husband Shannon Kelley laugh during a performance by the Jersey Boys following a dinner hosted by President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the White House October 13, 2008 Washington DC. Columbus Day was being celebrated today in the U.S. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)
Gymnast Mary Lou Retton, '84 Olympic gold medalist, w. her husband, ex-Univ. of Texas football QB Shannon Kelly, each w. one of their Pomeranian dogs as the sit in wooden armchairs w. large wicker dog bed between them on patio at home. (Photo by Barbara Laing/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
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