July 18, 2014
Cheryl Burke: DWTS Pro Defends Weight Loss, Slams Plastic Surgery Rumor

Cheryl Burke is fighting back against criticism of her now-trimmer body and reports that the Dancing with the Stars professional has had lip injections.

Burke aroused suspicions when she posted a selfie from a Mexican vacation in early July. The picture showed Cheryl lounging in a bikini, with her full lips on display.

This picture led some fans to believe that Cheryl Burke had gotten plastic surgery to enhance her lips, a charge she says is ridiculous.

"I've seriously had no plastic surgery," she told Access Hollywood co-host Kit Hoover on Wednesday, July 16. "I used to get bullied as a kid for having big ears and big lips and they would call me monkey face. So I've always had the big lips."

Burke is no stranger to criticism. She has long been a target for her fuller, more athletic frame. But after losing 25 pounds earlier this year through eating healthier and exercising more, Burke was still criticized.

"I've had a very public struggle with the press and their comments about my weight for a number of years now, but I want to make it clear that this isn't about them," Burke said in a message on her Facebook page back in May. "Yes, I have been hurt by their criticism, but I'm only human. This wasn't some drastic change I made overnight. I'm not caving in to the pressures of Hollywood, as some of you have expressed your concern that I might be, and I'm certainly not starving myself."

Now, a few weeks later, Burke says she wished someone had stuck up for her against comments like "you look anorexic" and "what the hell happened to you?"

"People just went crazy," Burke said. "I was surprised that no one really stuck up for me either. It really just messes with your head honestly."

Burke said the endless criticism once left her sensitive to what people are saying about her online.

"I do constantly look in the mirror and say, 'Oh, I have a fat roll here. Or am I skinny enough or am I fit enough?'" she said.

Cheryl Burke said she now just plans on letting it go, adding, "I feel good and I'm happy that's all that matters."