Cheryl Burke Is 2 Years Sober: It Was a Decision ‘I Made for Myself’

Power in partnership. Cheryl Burke opened up about her sobriety journey and the way it has introduced her and Dancing With the Stars accomplice AJ McLean nearer throughout season 29.

The DWTS professional, 36, revealed that she’s been sober for “two years” in Us Weekly‘s solely preview of the Tuesday, September 29, episode of the “LadyGang” podcast on PodcastOne. After cohost Keltie Knight spoke about McLean’s street to sobriety, Burke shared her personal story.

“That’s why I actually wished AJ, as a result of I’m like, for him to be perhaps partnered with somebody who’s simply, like, nonetheless contemporary within the scene [or] likes to exit, I used to be slightly apprehensive simply as a good friend in a means,” the dancer defined on the podcast. “However then I’m glad we’re partnered up collectively.”

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Burke, who married actor Matthew Lawrence in 2019, famous that she’s not within the Alcoholics Nameless program, however she hasn’t drank in two years.

“It was only a determination that I made for myself,” she mentioned. “And it was when Matt and I obtained engaged and it was throughout that engagement get together that we have been similar to — or that I used to be like, he didn’t even know — I used to be similar to, I used to be performed.”

The Dance Mothers alum pointed to her father’s expertise with alcohol as a catalyst to her personal determination to cease ingesting.

“My father handed away — after which my dad was an alcoholic — so both I used to be gonna crash and burn and test myself into rehab or I used to be gonna simply stop chilly turkey,” she continued. “That’s simply my character. It’s both black or white.”

Since partnering on the present, the Backstreet Boys member, 42, and Burke have launched the “Fairly Messed Up” podcast, which Burke says has been “nice” up to now.

McLean, who’s running a blog solely for Us this season of DWTS, beforehand opened up about his reasoning for becoming a member of the solid — and the way he deliberate to remain on monitor.

AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke Kelsey McNeal/ABC

“I’m on a really strict weight loss plan, grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, no sodas of any form, and utterly sober for nearly 9 months,” McLean informed his Instagram followers in August. “I’m doing this for 2 causes: one, to get in the very best form of my life, and to be wholesome and to be blissful, bodily, mentally, and emotionally, and there’s one thing else arising. Can’t let you know what it’s however imagine me you’ll know why primarily based on that.”

Burke, however, has been on the dancing competitors since season 2. She grew to become the primary feminine professional to win the mirrorball trophy that 12 months with one other boy bander, Drew Lachey, from 98 Levels.

The total episode of the “LadyGang” podcast airs on Tuesday on PodcastOne.

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