Cheryl Burke has been opening up about her time on Dancing with the Stars. Along with dishing on her former partner Ian Ziering, Burke revealed that she once kissed Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Despite her harsh comments towards Ziering, Burke has not backed away from her comments, nor has she issued an apology to the 90210 star.
According to ET Online, Burke recently sat down for an interview on the podcast Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole. During the candid sit down, Burke started by dishing on her previous relationship with Chmerkovskiy. Apparently, the two have known each other for a long time and once shared a few kisses.
“All of us dancers, we’ve known each other — [Maksim Chmerkovskiy], we’ve known each other since I was 12 and he was, like, maybe 15, I think he is three years older than me — so ya know, things happen,” she shared.
Burke went on to admit that Chmerkovskiy “is a good kisser” and that she even had an intimate moment with current Dancing with the Stars professional Mark Ballas. However, things took a different turn when Burke discussed her former partners on the show and how she tried to get producers to kick her off the show early when Ziering was her partner.
“I mean, I could try and hurt myself,” she stated. “I thought about that a couple of times. I’ve got a balcony and was like, ‘Should I jump?’…I wouldn’t die. I wouldn’t die. No. I wouldn’t die. I would just be like, ‘Hey guys, I’m injured this season. I won’t be able to come back ’til next season.'”
While Burke has not apologized to Ziering about her comments, Us Magazine reports that she did express her regret for poking fun at suicide. In a post to Twitter, Burke admitted that she crossed a line during the interview.
“I’ve always lived by the rule that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Recently and regrettably, I broke that rule,” she wrote. “In the heat of an interview conversation, I used a phrase that seemingly makes light of suicide and I deeply regret it. I have many friends and family members that struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide. To have said something that seemingly makes a mockery of what they’ve gone through and what they live with is something that I apologize for.”
Unfortunately for Ziering, the apology said nothing about Burke’s disparaging remarks toward him. However, the former 90210 star did repost a positive Twitter message from a previous colleague.
“For what it’s worth I’ve worked with @IanZiering on stage and on TV and loved the dude every time. #NiceGuy,” the message read.
“Thanks Jaymes,” Ziering stated in the repost.
Meanwhile, Burke also talked about her former dance partner, Rob Kardashian. According to People, Burke had nothing but kind things to say about her work with Kardashian. In fact, not only did she reveal that dancing with Kardashian was “awesome,” but she admitted that taking Kardashian to the final round was more rewarding than winning the whole competition.
At the same time, Burke also talked about Kardashian’s weight gain and subsequent hiding. Despite gaining some 100 pounds following his time on Dancing with the Stars, Burke believes that Kardashian should not have gone into hiding.
“I know Rob really well, he’s a normal guy and he’s so sweet, and I just don’t think that he has anything to be insecure about,” she stated. “I say: ‘Just own it Rob, get out there.’ I think with Rob and his situation he can definitely come out and own it a little more. It just happens, it’s not like he’s so obese he can’t walk. He’s good. He’s chill. I say: ‘Own it, but still be healthy.'”
The current season of Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays on ABC.
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