“Dance with the Stars” professional dancer Cheryl Burke revealed on the Episode of their podcast “Burke in the Game” from September 19th that her ex Matthew Lawrence left her devastated with the latest twist her ongoing divorce proceedings.
Here’s what’s going on with Burke and Lawrence and why it’s making them “really sad.”
Lawrence is asking for custody of her dog
Speaking on “Burke in the Game” on Sept. 19, the professional dancer updated her fans on how her divorce proceedings went. Burke and her ex-husband, Matthew Lawrence, separated in early 2022, having married in May 2019.
Burke told her fans that things aren’t going so well at the moment because a sticking point in the divorce is her French bulldog, Ysabella.
“I know some of you have read some of the recent headlines about my divorce and the pending thing that is very true and absolutely true, which is my dog Ysabella. For those of you who follow me, you know that I’m a dog mom. I love my French girl Ysabella,” Burke said.
She continued that it was “just devastating” that “somebody’s basically trying to take it [her] Dog Ysabella gone.”
“I love her so much. I love her so much it hurts. I know it’s so cliche, but it’s a fact,” Burke admitted.
Burke said that throughout their marriage she was the person primarily responsible for Ysabella, and she said the dog is her emotional support animal, so this point of contention feels “vindictive.”
Since day one I’ve honestly been the person I’m responsible for [Ysabella] both financially and emotionally. She is technically my emotional support animal or service dog. I just took her to New York, she flew with me, she sat on my lap, so she’s a service dog. …I paid the bulk of the cost for Ysabella, and now I think it feels really vindictive when that happens, and I’m really saddened by it. I couldn’t imagine my life without her.
She concluded by saying that while she knows she’s a busy person, especially since season 31 of Dancing With the Stars began, she makes sure to keep Isabella happy and well taken care of.
“I have to say, especially since I’ve been single and since we broke up, I’ve been [taking care of her] and she is fine. She’s healthy, she’s happy and we make it work. Yes, I know I’m busy, but I still make it. Not an hour goes by that I don’t think about this dog and I do everything I can to make this Frenchman, whom I love so much, happy,” said the dancer.
Ysabella’s custody battle goes to court
On the same day that the podcast episode was released, Burke and Lawrence’s divorce was finalized in court. according to the Los Angeles Times. But the fight for Ysabella will continue.
The Times reports that both parties have agreed to honor their marriage contract and neither will receive child support. But custody of Isabella will be decided in court at a later date.
The couple adopted Ysabella in May 2020 when Lawrence gave Burke the dog as a first wedding anniversary gift, Burke was revealed on Instagram at the time. Ysabella has been on Burke’s Instagram since adopting the French bulldog.
She also let Ysabella take part in her photo shoot for her Bailey Blue clothing line, Writing on an Instagram video of the outtakes: “It turns out getting your dog in a photoshoot isn’t as easy as it looks… Check out my channel for more behind the scenes of creating my line with @baileyblueclothing and our photoshoot.” on! Search for Cheryl Burke in your YouTube app or on YouTube.com. Cheryl Burke loungewear is available now Baileyblueclothing.com/cherylburke! Frenchie loungewear coming soon?!?!?!”
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