DWTS star Cheryl Burke says on her podcast that she ‘forced’ her now ex-husband Matthew Lawrence to go to therapy when they were married.
Dancing With the Stars Professional Cheryl Burke is opening up about her divorce and the power of therapy. Cheryl filed for divorce against actor and Boy Meets World star Matthew Lawrence in February, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple dated briefly in 2007, after Matthew’s brother, Joey, competed on the third season of DWTS, Cheryl and Matthew reunited in 2017 and became engaged in 2018. The couple finally tied the knot in 2019. Cheryl has previously said that she is currently spending time alone amid her break-up from Matthew.
Cheryl is one of the longest-running professional dancers on DWTS, having competed in 24 out of the show’s 30 seasons. She joined DWTS during its second season, which she won with 98 Degrees singer Drew Lachey. She also won the show’s coveted mirrorball trophy in the third season with former NFL legend Emmitt Smith, whom she competed with again during DWTS’ all-star season in 2012. Cheryl’s other celebrity partners include Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean, actor Gilles Marini, reality star Rob Kardashian, and, most recently, Peleton instructor Cody Rigsby.
On the latest episode of her podcast, Burke in the GameCheryl talked about her appreciation of therapy and revealed details about it played a part in her relationship with Matthew. “My soon to be ex-husband, we went to therapy before we even got engaged. I’m a huge advocate for therapy so I kind of forced him to go. And I think it really helped when it came to communication. And it was consistent throughout from beginning to end,” she said, according to E! Online, The DWTS pro has always been a strong supporter of therapy, saying that “it’s healthy” to go even if there isn’t a significant problem in the relationship.
Cheryl added that while therapy was a crucial part of her marriage to Matthew, it wasn’t able to help them stay together. Reflecting on it, Cheryl says, “When you’ve reached the point when you’ve done it all in that sense and you realize we’ve evolved and maybe not together.” Cheryl has said that she believes therapy is essential in a relationship to have a “third person there that’s not biased” and to help strengthen communication. She also said that the couple went to therapy consistently throughout their marriage.
It’s been a rough year for Cheryl as she attempts to move on and grow from her divorce. She has Dancing With the Stars to look forward to in the fall if she chooses to return, and she has expressed her excitement about the show moving to Disney+. Cheryl has always been an open book about her feelings, and her honesty in this situation is refreshing. She has shown a lot of courage throughout her career in being able to discuss things in her life that are vulnerable. There’s no doubt that Cheryl will come back strong from this and will hopefully be able to heal as she starts a new chapter in her life.
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Source: E! Online
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