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Cheryl Burke shares how her time on “Dancing with the Stars” exacerbated physical disfigurement.
Burke, 38, spoke about her ongoing struggles with body image on a recent episode of HypochondriActor Podcast hosted by Sean Hayes and Dr. Priyanka Whaley.
“I have a body defect because I’m a dancer,” she said. “I mean, tell me one dancer doesn’t. When I look at myself in the mirror and someone says, ‘Oh, you look cool’ I see someone overweight and in my eyes and in my way of judging myself, it’s not cool. So it doesn’t matter how I look.”
Burke also revealed that it wasn’t until she rewatched old seasons of ‘DWTS’ that she didn’t realize how much she was critical of her appearance. “I was very skinny, and yet I still had troubles with our wardrobe,” she recalls. “Like the meaning that doesn’t bother them, more like, ‘Ah, I feel shit’ or ‘Oh my God, look at my chubby throw. “It’s so absurd.”
Burke previously opened up about her body image issues in a YouTube video she posted in 2020. And although Burke has said she’s suffered from physical disfigurement most of her life — she grew up in mirrored dance studios with which she underwent constant weight. A coach, raised by a “health conscious” mother as she constantly tries to follow a fad diet – being on TV brought new challenges. “The nation decided to call me fat in season seven or eight when I actually stopped birth control and kept 15 pounds of hydration,” Burke told Hayes and Wali, adding that she believes eliminating the drug would help her lose weight.
“People usually lose weight when they stop birth control,” she continued. “So I decided to get off of it early in the season and gained weight in less than a week, literally 15 pounds of water weight. And then it was such a big deal, like ‘Cheryl is too fat for TV’ and then I had a couple of my co-workers blow my ass too Then I wake up to love KTLA “Cheryl is so fat. I was like, ‘This is crazy.'”
Burke noted that she had been sentenced “for the rest of her life.” […] as a dance floor competitor,” and after joining “DWTS” as a coach, by “three eccentrics on the show holding the plates from one to ten.” Add media interest and Instagram commenters who might ask things like, “Are you pregnant?”, and begins One has to get a picture of the constant scrutiny that it encounters.
It will help when I finish ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ Burke said. But she added that despite ‘doing the work’ to have a healthy relationship with her body, she believes she will struggle with this problem for the rest of her life.
“I think it will always be a problem,” Burke said. “Maybe that’s why I didn’t freeze my eggs, maybe that’s why it’s so hard for me to even say I’m ready for a baby because the last thing I want is to blame my baby for the way I look at myself. It’s not perfect. You have to heal. First before we do that.”