Dancing With The Stars fame, Cheryl Burke, in an emotional video on YouTube, talked about her history of being in problematic relationships. She said her now-husband Matthew Lawrence is her first partner who has not been abusive to her.

In the video titled My Experience With Abusive Relationships, Burke talked in detail about the kind of abusive relationships she had when she was younger. She said, ” Even after I graduated high school and into my professional dancing career, I was still into those types of bad-boy relationships, and I continued on the pattern of dating abusive men,” she explained in the footage. “I also was abusing myself by drinking too much and just really had no respect for myself, which I’ll be talking more about as well in future videos.”

Burke met Matthew in 2007 and according to her the trauma of her past relationships didn’t allow her to have an organic connection with him.

“Looking back, I honestly think that the first relationship I ever had that did not fit this abusive pattern was when my now-husband Matt and I dated the first time around, back in 2007,” she explained. She added that it was difficult for her to love herself hence she didn’t think she deserved a partner who treated her well. Burke further talked about how her husband her already been familiar to the ‘ L.A. lifestyle and had already done everything.

According to Burke, the couple had to break things off in 2008 but after they found their way to each other again in 2017, it led to their marriage in 2019.

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“So I’m just so grateful and happy that the universe really brought him back into my life when I was ready and had grown into the person I am now because he is the complete opposite of everything bad about my past relationships,” the dancer continued. “I think when I look back on this time in my life, I could sit here and say that I wish these things had never happened to me, but I look at it now as every part of my story has helped me to become the woman I am today, ” Burke said.

TW: Physical Abuse 


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