Shortly after their professional partnership began in 2011, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue began dating off the ice. After two-and-a-half years together, the pair called it quits on their romantic relationship, but decided to remain partners on the ice, USA Today reported.
Despite ending their relationship, the pair still enjoy an incredibly close relationship as an ice skating duo — and even as friends. “To be able to just look at someone and say ‘I love you,’ in a way that I don’t love other people, is something powerful to admit,” Hubbell told USA Today. “It’s helped us in the last couple years re-form a new bond and a new friendship. And it’s part of that calm I think that we’re feeling on the ice now with each other. We look at each other and there’s full trust and vulnerability and adoration.”
Hubbell is currently engaged to Spanish professional figure skater Adrián Díaz, who is also competing in ice dancing at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. “This was a particularly wonderful way to begin the Games not only with a season’s best score but … especially special for me with my fiancé in the stands because usually we’re focused on our events,” Hubbell told Reuters. Hubbell and Díaz are set to exchange wedding vows in Barcelona, Spain, in 2023.