Cheryl Burke Discusses Marital Strain

Cheryl Burke opens up about past relationship challenges.

by Nouman Rasool
Cheryl Burke Discusses Marital Strain
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On the April 17 episode of the Amy & T.J. iHeartRadio podcast, Cheryl Burke said that financial disparities played a significant role in her relationship with ex-husband Matthew Lawrence. Burke, who has been a central figure in "Dancing With the Stars," said that being the primary breadwinner for the couple was a double-edged sword.

"I found out you can't buy love," she said, having learned the hard way that she was the primary breadwinner in their marriage. "Taking care of us was great, but it didn't take care of our relationship." According to Amy Robach, one can clearly understand her former marriage with Andrew Shue and the relationship she had with T.J.

Holmes to share it with personal insight from one's life; she called the whole experience very emasculating and giving out a feeling of false security, clearly showing that in such a situation, things can be a tad bit complicated than they might actually be helpful.

While Burke agreed with what Robach said, she expressed ambivalence in that regard, especially about the financial dynamics she would want to have with a prospective partner. "I just don't know if I want someone who is the primary provider," Burke admitted—a marked change in her expectations from a partner.

Burke's Relationship Insights

Burke and Lawrence were only married in 2019 and finalized their divorce in 2022. A prenup voided spousal support. Lawrence has moved on and is dating TLC's Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Burke is being careful to learn exactly what she wants from a relationship.

She wants to be her best self and be accountable, two qualities she feels are essential in a partner. "I want someone who wants to evolve, who consistently works on himself and can take accountability when needed," shared Burke.

She said self-acceptance with personal development is essential and continued, "You can blame all day long, but at the end of the day, you're stuck with you for the rest of your life. You better like yourself." It's a personal and financial independence journey that has very profoundly impressed Burke's views toward relationships and self-worth, portraying a very compelling storyline for fans and onlookers alike.