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Cheryl Burke admits to a "fling" with 'Dancing' partner Chad Ochocinco

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/15/2011 

Dancing with the Stars professional Cheryl Burke has finally owned up to once having a "fling" with her tenth-season partner Chad Ochocinco.

Burke made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote her new book on Thursday and DeGeneres immediately questioned her prior involvement with the former Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch star, resulting in the dancer revealing the two had a brief romantic relationship.

"[One of] the last times you were here... you were kind of denying that there was a romantic thing going on but there was some kind of romantic thing going on," DeGeneres suggested.

"I mean, we had a fling. We worked so much together and we had great chemistry, but it was the same pattern I had in the past with my boyfriends in the past," Burke said.

"He was just really unavailable to me. I just knew that didn't work and I've moved on and he's obviously moved on," Burke added in an apparent reference to the fact that Ochocinco's The Ultimate Catch reality dating show Dancing with the Stars season ended. ">began filmed shortly after their Dancing with the Stars season ended.

"Because he was dating other people at the same time? Is that right?" DeGeneres asked.

"Well, you just look at his Twitter and see who he's following and that speaks for itself," Burke noted about Ochocinco, who confirmed his engagement to Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada late last year.

Both Burke and Ochocinco previously denied their relationship was anything more than a flirtatious friendship.

"We became really close friends throughout the course of the season and we'll remain friends," Burke said during a Good Morning America appearance last May. 

"One of the things that I will take from this show is everything that she's taught me and I'm going to steal her along with it," Ochocinco joked.

During The Ellen DeGeneres Show appearance, Burke also discussed her recently-disclosed molestation and abuse history and urged women to take action if they are ever put in a similar compromising position. 

"I want to say you're not alone. There are many people who go through similar situations. The best thing to do, if you're in the situation, you must talk about it whether it is to a family member or friends or a priest or a therapist," Burke advised.

"It doesn't matter, you have to get the message out here. And if you have a person coming to you and saying she or he is getting abused, call the police. It is so dangerous. You're risking someone's life."

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