Welcome!I am new to this forum and I only started to follow figure skating recently. When I saw the video about Vanessa and Eric coupling to compete I was really excited. I liked watching Vanessa's and Morgan's skating, I haven't really seen much of Eric and Meagan. Well, then I noticed that Meagan was upset about the whole thing and I watched Meagan's interview about it. So I was really surprised to hear that Eric wanted to skate with Aliona before? Is this common, you know, to search for new potential partners, even though you have a pair already? I would have been even more upset about him asking Aliona years ago than now partnering up with Vanessa. I feel like Eric should have been honest from the start with Meagan. Everyone would have understood, I am sure Meagan as well. And after saying all that, I think it's interesting to see Vanessa and Eric skating together.
The part about Aliona struck me. It appears that he's been uncertain about his partnership with Meagan for a while. Maybe it's because she wasn't ready for a return to competitive skating... or he believed she wasn't... or that he didn't think she had what it takes any longer. Maybe he thought Vanessa was a superior fit, personally or professionally or both, at this time of their careers. Maybe he was just ready to end the partnership and move on to something new. Maybe he wanted to sever ties with Meagan once and for all. We'll never know.
For any relationship to work, both parties have to be committed, viewing the current arrangement as better than the alternative. He's well into his 30's, so if he wants to make a switch, then it's now or never.
I heartily agree with my friend @el henry about mismanagement of the roll-out of the news here. The general vibe had to be that everyone would be very excited about this new partnership... and obviously, not everyone is.