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J.R. Martinez Returns to Middle East for the First Time Since War Injury

J.R. Martinez Returns to Middle East for the First Time Since War Injury: 'It Was Intense'

Originally posted 02/28/2014 01:05PM

It's been 11 years since Dancing with the Stars champ and injured Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez has been back to the Middle East after a land-mine explosion left him with severe burns, but Martinez tells PEOPLE his return was an "amazing experience."

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J.R. Martinez Splits from Longtime Girlfriend

J.R. Martinez Splits from Diana Gonzalez-Jones

Originally posted 01/09/2014 05:15PM

Play testcaption testcredit Share on Facebook Tweet Pin on Pinterest Share on Tumblr J.R. Martinez and Diana Gonzalez-Jones have split, just 18 months after the birth of their daughter, Lauryn Anabelle.

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J.R. Martinez Says His Baby Gives Him 'Balance' | J.R. Martinez

J.R. Martinez Says His Baby Gives Him 'Balance'

Originally posted 11/03/2012 06:30PM

The first-time father cherishes "every second" with his daughter – including diaper duty

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Inside J.R. Martinez's Baby Shower | J.R. Martinez

Inside J.R. Martinez's Baby Shower

Originally posted 03/24/2012 06:00AM

See how the DWTS champ celebrated the impending arrival of his baby girl


Filed Under: Babies, J.R. Martinez
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JR Martinez's Man Cave Dreams Out the Window After Baby Shower

UpdatePosted 03/19/2012 07:45PM

J.R. Martinez & Diana Gonzalez-Jones Have a Very Pink Baby Shower

Originally posted 03/19/2012 04:00PM

Everything's coming up rosy – pink, that is – for Dancing with the Stars champion J.R. Martinez and his girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones.

Pink was the hue of the day on Saturday as the expectant parents were feted at a shower hosted by All My Children executive producer Julie Carruthers at her Hollywood Hills home. "It was lovely," one guest told PEOPLE.

"With all of the wonderful gifts we received at the baby shower, my man cave dreams are out the window," Martinez told PEOPLE after the event.

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Karina Smirnoff Says Dancing Partner Gavin DeGraw Has 'Swagger and Charisma' | Karina Smirnoff

Dancing With the Stars

UpdatePosted 03/12/2012 04:30PM

Dancing with the Stars: Karina Smirnoff Says Gavin DeGraw Has 'Swagger and Charisma'

Originally posted 03/12/2012 10:50AM

Dancing with the Stars reigning pro champion Karina Smirnoff will blog about season 14 each week for PEOPLE.com.

In her first post, she writes about what she's been up to since taking home the mirror-ball trophy with season 13 winner J.R. Martinez and how she's getting along in rehearsals with her new partner, singer Gavin DeGraw:

Last season of DWTS finished right before Thanksgiving and I had practically zero days off. But I'm not complaining. I'm super excited about the ability to work. And there's always a lot going on.

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J.R. Martinez Gets His Dog Ready for Baby | J.R. Martinez

J.R. Martinez Gets His Dog Ready for Baby

Originally posted 02/11/2012 10:35AM

While J.R. Martinez, who is expecting a daughter in May, gets himself ready for fatherhood, he's also prepping his other baby, dog Romeo, for the arrival.

"I think Romeo's going to have a hard time at first – there's not going to be so much playing catch 24/7," the Dancing with the Stars champ, 28, tells PEOPLE of his beloved black Lab. "But at the end of the day, he's a loving pup, so I think he's going to be able to adapt to her one day pulling on his tail, pulling on his ears, trying to ride him, whatever it may be."

Romeo's entry into the Martinez home began at an auction over a year ago. Martinez, who was helping auction the items, fell for Romeo but couldn't resolve his internal debate.

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Tim Tebow Wants to Be on DWTS, Says J.R. Martinez | J.R. Martinez, Tim Tebow

Dancing With the Stars

Tim Tebow Wants to Be on Dancing with the Stars, Says J.R. Martinez

Originally posted 02/06/2012 02:05PM

Having already demonstrated his fancy footwork on the football field, is Tim Tebow ready to step onto the ballroom floor?

Affirmative, according to most-recent champ on Dancing with the Stars, J.R. Martinez.

Saying he and the Denver Bronco quarterback – and Jockey brand underwear model – recently ran into one another, Martinez tells Celebuzz.com, "We chatted about [Dancing"]. ... I thought he'd do pretty well on the show!"

Only not this season. "He said, 'Maybe in a year,' " said Martinez.

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J.R. Martinez Won't Name His Daughter 'Salami' or 'Apple Cider'

J.R. Martinez Won't Name His Daughter 'Salami' or 'Apple Cider'

Originally posted 01/30/2012 03:45PM

J.R. Martinez and Diana Gonzalez-Jones, who are expecting their first daughter in May, have narrowed the names to two. Expect something special – but nothing absurd.

"We won't name her Apple Cider or Salami," the Dancing with the Stars champ, 28, vowed to PEOPLE at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards. "It won't be our favorite dish or our favorite getaway or favorite car or show."

So, what's left after that? "It will be something really close and personal to us that feels like we're giving something to her that is very special," he says.

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Dad-to-Be J.R. Martinez Wants His Baby Girl to Play Sports | J.R. Martinez

J.R. Martinez Wants His Daughter to Play Sports

Originally posted 12/19/2011 09:00AM

When J.R. Martinez learned that he and his girlfriend, Diana Gonzalez-Jones, were having a girl, he couldn’t help but smile.

"God has a tremendous sense of humor that he wants to continue to surround me with women," says Martinez, 28. "I was raised by a single mom so I think I'm sensitive to women. I just like spending time with women. I like to talk with women and listen to what they have to say."

Even though the baby's arrival is several months away, the Iraq war veteran-turned actor and Dancing With the Stars champ is already making plans for his little girl.

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