A surprising connection. Cheryl Burke expressed her departure Dancing with the stars — and cast an unexpected shadow on her divorce from Matthew Lawrence at the same time.
After the season 31 finale, which aired on Monday, November 21, Burke, 38, weighed in on her decision to leave the league series.
“[It’s been] so hard. This is like a different type of divorce, but an amicable one,” she shared Page six after her final bow. “I do know that I like to evolve as a human being. I think I’ve done 26 seasons as a professional dancer for myself and I know I’m more than capable of doing other things as well.
Burke announced she would be quitting the Disney+ show days before the final episode. “I am full of so many conflicting emotions here about the words I am about to write. Tomorrow night is officially my last dance as a professional dancer on @dancingwiththestars. This has been one of the absolute hardest decisions of my life and I have every confidence that it is the right one,” the California resident wrote via Instagram on Sunday, Nov. 20. “This show is my 2nd family since I was 21 years old. old. The cast, crew, and fans have gotten me through my highest highs and some of my lowest lows, and I honestly don’t know who I would be today without them.
She continued: “I also know it’s time for me to start the next phase of my career, although dance will always be a part of me. I’m excited about the idea of evolving, about being challenged in new ways, having the opportunity to expand my commitment to mental health advocacy, focusing on my new found love of podcasting, and I’m done to face the uncertainty (although it’s scary as far as what the future holds – I have a few things up my sleeve though, so don’t worry 😉.
The podcast host’s career shake-up comes two months after her divorce from 42-year-old Lawrence was finalized. Us weekly confirmed in September that the former couple’s marriage had been dissolved.
“I am now officially divorced. This all happened on the premiere night of Dancing with the stars,” the choreographer explained on her “Burke in the Game” podcast in October. “But it’s not over yet, because we have to go to court [over our dog] – unless he suddenly cancels – but that will happen in January.
Burke admitted at the time that she was struggling with the latest development. “I am still very hurt by the whole situation because that is my dog. Ysabella is my daughter; I am a dog mom,” she added. “I couldn’t even imagine my life without her. I could cry right now.”
The Boy meets world alum started dating the former Dance moms host in 2007 after his older brother, Joey Lawrenceappeared as a contestant on season 3 of Dancing with the stars. The couple briefly called it quits before rekindling their romance in 2017. After nearly three years of marriage, Burke filed for divorce earlier this year.
The DWTS alum has hinted that she is still looking for The One. “I’m done taking to the streets. That sounds bad, but you know, back in my club days it was embarrassment every morning,” she exclusively told U.S in May, three months after she pulled the plug on her relationship with the actor. “I can’t be in that environment. I don’t want to be. It is not fun. It’s not fun when I can’t even hear the other person talk. I have to believe and love myself enough to really know I deserve a good guy.