Cheryl Burke has had to deal with a LOT of negative press lately, none of it for her dancing ability. Viewers (who are cruel) think the sensational dancer has put on a few too many pounds. Some of the criticism has been unbelievably harsh. (I guess being healthy and active and muscular is not a good thing?????) You can check out photos sand more on the cover of the latest People magazine. And for the record, she is a size 4!!!
This morning on Good Morning America, Cheryl finally spoke up and set the record straight. All I can say is, "YOU GO GIRL"
Here's the item posted on the GMA Web site:
"Two-time "Dancing With the Stars" champion Cheryl Burke has found herself the subject of tabloids and bloggers -- not all for her ballroom prowess, though; some of the chatter concerns her weight.
"DWS" star Cheryl Burke has battled harsh criticism for the change in her weight and appearance.
The 24-year-old says she has endured often vicious comments about the few extra pounds she gained during the summer.
"It was a huge shock for me," Burke said on "Good Morning America" today. "The worst thing I'd have to say is that people thought I was a few months pregnant when I started the show."
Burke admitted she had gotten curvier, but added her weight only had increased by five pounds. The dancer said she still fits into her size 4 costumes and clothes, but the criticism has taken an emotional toll on her.
"I know I'm not fat, but when people keep telling you that you have to think about it," said Burke, who added she had cried at times over the harsh words. "It is hard. I've always had that naturally curvy body since I was 11 years old."
The San Francisco native attributed her additional pounds to having time off for the first time in years. Burke said she wasn't dancing for seven hours daily as she normally does and primarily was focused on opening her dance studio in her hometown. She also didn't travel with the "DWS" tour, as she has done in the past -- all of which she thinks probably contributed to her weight gain.
The initial fervor about Burke's weight began this summer when a picture of her in a bikini appeared in several magazines. Some posters said the ballroom beauty needed to join a weight loss program and one blogger wrote Burke was "approaching hogzilla proportions."
Though Burke said she tried to avoid the coverage of her body and weight, she said it was difficult.
"It's been in my face. It's kind of hard to avoid that," she said.
When she began her sixth season with "DWS," she was self-conscious about her body. She's already dropped some of the weight she picked up, Burke said.
"I'm naturally losing it because I'm dancing seven hours a day," said Burke who is paired with Olympic gold medalist Maurice Green on this season's "DWS."
You can also watch the video of her interview with Diane Sawyer at the above site link.
Cheryl admitted she gained about 5 pounds!!! Give me a break. Most of us gain that over Thanksgiving. She looks fantastic and I would bet a LOT LOT LOT of women out there would give anything to look like her. She also told Diane she felt very self-conscious the very first week of the new season when she stepped out on the dance floor, but that she got over it, adding that being called fat did hurt. 'I know I'm not fat," she told Diane. "I feel really comfortable in my own skin. Calling me fat is the wrong message to send out to women."