Cheryl Burke had admitted she thinks celebrities should "be single" when they compete on Dancing with the Stars because each partnership is like an "arranged marriage."

While Cheryl insisted she'd never want to talk a celebrity out of the Dancing with the Stars experience, she advised potential participants out there, "Be single if you do Dancing with the Stars. That's all I'm saying."


Cheryl, 40, compared each Dancing with the Stars partnership to making things work with a spouseduring the Friday, May 31 episode of her "Sex, Lies and Spray Tans" podcast.

"It is very much an arranged marriage, seriously. And it is black and white -- you either love each other or hate each other for real," Cheryl explained.

"And believe me: there's no gray. You're not like, 'Oh yeah, he's cute.' No, no. I either like you or I don't, because eight hours a day, seven days a week, [you're working] for three months! And you're vulnerable."

Cheryl joined Dancing with the Stars for Season 2 back in 2005 when she was only 21-years-old. The two-time mirrorball trophy champion went on to compete on more than two dozen seasons of the show.

And after 17 years of competing on Dancing with the Stars, Cheryl announced her retirement and got to perform a farewell dance during the show's Season 31 finale in November 2022.

Dancing with the Stars' 33rd season is now set to premiere this fall and air on Tuesday nights at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

Cheryl pointed out that since celebrities and their pro partners spend an immense amount of time together training for Dancing with the Stars performances, a very intense bond tends to result, whether it be romantic or contentious.

"It's so intimate, and you're stuck with this person. You better try and make it work at least," Cheryl said.

The dancer and choreographer continued, "You get close in so many ways. These celebrities are so vulnerable because in order to succeed you have to strip it all down. And that alone? I bet you most of these married celebrities have never even done that with their wives."

Cheryl also admitted that scores from the Dancing with the Stars' judges have a big impact on how a pro partner is going to get along with his or her celebrity.
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"If you have success on the show, you're like, 'Oh my god, you're the best!' You have to think about, too, that the celebrities will most likely blame the pros for their low scores, and that is when I cut you off," Cheryl recalled.

"Don't blame us! Like, what?!... That shows me that you don't trust me."

Cheryl Burke revealed in April that she had gotten herself involved in three "showmances" while competing on Dancing with the Stars as a professional partner.

"One of them, we tried [to be serious], but it just wasn't going to happen," Cheryl said at the time.

"It was lust, it's not love. It is [love] in the moment, and then you're like, 'How is this person in the real world?' And then all of a sudden, the roles change and I'm no longer an influence in [his] life. So it's a weird control thing."

Cheryl added, "The casting person and whoever makes these decisions, they know what they're doing."


Cheryl recalled how dating rumors swirled with most of her male celebrity partners, including Season 5's Wayne Newton, which was "definitely a lie."

Cheryl did confirm, however, that she dated former pro football player Chad Ochocinco Johnson, her celebrity partner on Season 10 of Dancing with the Stars.

"[He] basically professed his love to me on Ellen DeGeneres," Cheryl shared earlier this year.

"People were like, 'Oh, you're engaged! He gave you a diamond!' But I was like, 'No.'"

Cheryl explained how Dancing with the Stars cultivates relationships because "ballroom dancing is an intimate contact sport" and pro partners practice with the celebrities seven days a week.

Cheryl noted, "It happens. It does happen."

Cheryl noted how some people even got married from the show -- such as former pro partner Kym Johnson and Shark Tank millionaire Robert Herjavec.

"You are consumed with each other, and also, we've seen their insecurities, and they're vulnerable," Cheryl explained in April, adding, "In order to be successful on Dancing with the Stars, you have to be ready to be vulnerable."

Cheryl said this dynamic builds trust, which results in a healthy environment for romance and attraction to develop.

Cheryl, however, is currently single and not exactly ready to mingle following her divorce from actor Matthew Lawrence.

"[But] I totally would get married again," she told Entertainment Tonight last year. "Our time is limited on this planet."

Cheryl filed divorce papers in February 2022 to dissolve her marriage from the former Boy Meets World and Brotherly Love actor, and the pair's divorce was finalized in September of that year.

Cheryl and Matthew met in 2006 through his brother, actor Joey Lawrence, who competed on Season 3 of Dancing with the Stars.

The pair reportedly began dating in February 2007 and stayed together for about a year before calling it quits on their relationship in February 2008.

Cheryl and Matthew reconciled nearly a decade later in February 2017. In September of that year, Cheryl admitted to People she regretted letting her romance with Matthew end.

"When we first dated, we were both young and immature, and I was so new to this world," she revealed of why the relationship didn't work the first time around.

"Now we are both adults and feel balanced. He's such a great guy. He's so normal, considering we're in this crazy business," Cheryl continued of Matthew. "It's so nice to be able to come home to him... He's someone I definitely do see spending the rest of my life with."

Cheryl accepted a marriage proposal and got engaged to Matthew in early May 2018 while the couple was celebrating Cheryl's 34th birthday in Laguna Beach, CA.

The dancer and choreographer went on to marry Matthew on May 23, 2019, and then the following year, they admitted they weren't interested in trying for a baby right away.

"I think it's healthier [to wait until after COVID-19]. I don't know if being pregnant right now would be ideal for me," Cheryl told the magazine, adding however that she "always wanted to be a mom" and thought it would be natural for them to "continue onto that next step in our lives."


The pro dancer has graced the Dancing with the Stars ballroom almost every season since she began, with the exception of a handful of seasons to pursue other career interests.

Cheryl also finished in second place on the first season of I Can Do That, losing to Nicole Scherzinger. The talent competition aired on NBC from May to June 2015.

About The Author: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.