Cheryl Burke Speaks About Trauma, Abuse Amid Matthew Lawrence Split

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Looking to the previous. Cheryl Burke opened up about attempting to embrace each emotion amid her divorce from Matthew Lawrence.

“I wanted to take a minute to talk about what’s going on lately,” the Dancing With the Stars professional, 37, captioned a makeup-free Instagram video on Thursday, March 3.

In the clip, Burke defined that she’s been taking the time to attempt to “feel [her] feelings for the first time,” because of the assistance of a “somatic intelligence” program she found via social media. “It has been an interesting journey so far, to say the least,” she added. “It’s been scary because I’m so used to pushing through because of my athleticism and dancing in general. As a competitor, you learn to push forward even if it hurts, which means you’re not listening to your actual body.”



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The Dance Moms alum stated she’s “taken initiative” to look inward and “not judge” how she’s feeling. “It has been very uplifting but very sad at the same time, just to really be able to take your mind out of everything and listen to your body,” she continued. “Feeling where the trauma is being held. A lot of past trauma has been coming up from my dad’s death to the abuse that I’ve endured throughout the years. But I guess you could say I’ve never really felt my feelings before. I’ve just pushed through. … [It] may seem scary, but it really is worth it in the long run.”

Burke’s candid social media add comes weeks after Us Weekly confirmed that she filed for divorce from Lawrence, 42, after practically three years of marriage. In docs obtained by Us final month, the ballroom dancer listed January 7 because the date of separation.



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The Boy Meets World alum has but to deal with his cut up, however Burke broke her silence through Instagram on February 24. “I know I have always said I’m an open book with you guys, I do strive to be, and in writing this I’ve realized there really isn’t an easy way to announce that my marriage is ending,” she wrote in an announcement. “I hope you can understand that I will not be commenting any further at this time and am asking for understanding and privacy. Thank you all for all the kind words and support you’ve given me.”

Days later, the California native paid a go to to the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego — the identical place she and Lawrence tied the knot in May 2019 — for a soothing getaway together with her canine, Ysabel.

“Cheryl’s taking this time to focus on next steps and focus on her mental health,” a supply completely instructed Us of how the I Can Do That alum is coping within the wake of her cut up, noting that the “reason” for the breakup “was not about having kids.”



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Before they known as it quits, the twosome spoke brazenly about their household plans, telling Us in April 2020 that they put the thought on pause throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, Burke went into additional element concerning the duo’s timeline.

“I do need to freeze my eggs and I’m really nervous about that,” she stated on The Tamron Hall Show in September 2021. “[That probably needs to happen] this year, which would mean I have to get off of my birth control, which means I’m a little paranoid about it.”

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