Dancing With the Stars professional dancer Cheryl Burke announced her retirement as a professional on the competitive show during its 31st season, which aired on Disney+ in the fall of 2023.
Now, in an interview, Burke says the show is the “worst breakup.” Fox News Digital.
“It’s the worst breakup I’ve ever been through,” she told the outlet. “There was probably, you know, an option for me to say a quiet goodbye. However, I know that, you know, in my subconscious, if there’s always this possibility of going back and continuing to be a professional dancer, and I don’t say that lightly, then… I don’t think I’ll ever get that energy like that give a lot I am ready to move forward.”
She went on to call the departure from the show a “double whammy” for going straight from the competitions to Dancing With the Stars.
“I’m generally not going to compete anymore,” Burke told Fox News Digital.
Burke divorced in 2022
Not only did Burke go through a career transition in 2022, she also underwent a major personal transition during the year, divorcing her husband Matthew Lawrence.
They’ve finalized their divorce, though they still have one thing to settle: custody of their dog, a French girl named 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 of her Burke In The Game Podcast in November 2022.
The professional the dancer told Fox News Digital that she wanted to feel “constantly challenged” in her life, and her marriage didn’t do that for her.
“Because of my divorce, this feeling of stagnation that I also started to develop later in the marriage and didn’t grow, whether in a relationship or within the company, is something I’ve never been comfortable with – can’t grow,” shared Burke. “That’s why it’s important to me to do other things. And I did 26 seasons with the same job, with the same role, right? With the same job title. You know, for me it would go against my values and beliefs as a person if I didn’t do that.”
She also said her decision to leave was “a long time coming.”
Burke plans to stay on TV
On the November 22nd episode of her podcast “Burke in the game‘ Burke shared that she hopes to be on another TV show in the near future.
“I know as soon as one door closes, I’m pretty sure because it has to happen, another door opens,” Burke said on the podcast. “There’s a lot of talk about me possibly being part of another TV show that’s awaiting. I obviously don’t want to announce anything that isn’t official in terms of contracts, but it’s definitely in the works and well ahead of this season.”
The dancer also revealed that she would love to be a judge or host on Dancing With the Stars.
Burke originally revealed October 2021 to Hello! magazine that she wanted to retire from dancing professionally on the show, but hoped to stay on as a judge or host on “Dancing With the Stars” or “Strictly Come Dancing.”
“I’ve been begging for this job, how many seasons does a girl have to do?” Burke joked with the outlet.
She’s continued to share that sentiment with fans, especially now that head judge Len Goodman has retired from the show.
Dancing With the Stars is scheduled to return to Disney+ for Season 32 in Fall 2023.
https://heavy.com/entertainment/dancing-with-the-stars/cheryl-burke-retire-break-up/ DWTS pro Cheryl Burke opens up about the “worst breakup” she’s been through