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Two-time Mirrorball champion compares DWTS departure to divorce

A “Dancing With the Stars” pro has taken her final bow in the show’s ballroom and shares how it felt to leave the program.

Just a day before the season 31 finale, longtime ballroom pro Cheryl Burke shared her decision to leave DWTS in a lengthy Instagram caption.

“This show is my 2nd family since I was 21 years old. The cast, crew, and fans have gotten me through my highest highs and some of my lowest lows, and I honestly don’t know who I would be today without them. I also know it’s time for me to embark on the next phase of my career, although dance will always be a part of me,” she wrote in part.

Burke performed one last dance during the Season 31 finale, sharing the moment with Pasha Pashkov and Louis Van Amstel, who danced with her as she said goodbye to the show. After Burke’s performance, she did some press interviews and shared something about how she felt now that her time on the show is officially over.

Here’s what you need to know:

According to People magazine, Burke and her ex-husband Matthew Lawrence finalized their divorce in September 2022. Going through a divorce hasn’t been easy for Burke, who has tried to heal after her failed marriage and has been open about her journey, including self-care and therapy, on her “Burke in the Game” podcast.

During a post-show interview, Burke actually compared her DWTS departure to her split.

“I’m overwhelmed. I’ve been trying to hold back the tears, I’d say, because I really wanted to perform to the best of my ability. Now that it’s all behind me, it’s bittersweet…but I just have to trust my intuition,” Burke told Page Six on Nov. 21, 2022.

Burke went on to say that her decision to leave the show was “so hard”.

“This is like a different kind of divorce, but an amicable one,” she said.

The day after the finale, Burke shared another Instagram post, this time with a video of her last dance.

“Thanks to Pasha and Louis for making my last dance one to remember. I love you both and Louis, thank you for opening and closing this chapter with me. I love you beyond words,” she captioned the video.

Several people, including DWTS cast members, responded to the comments to wish Burke well as she ventures into this new chapter of her life.

“Amazing! We will miss you baby,” wrote Peta Murgatroyd.

“A legend. You are incredible and such an inspiration. Love your guts,” added DWTS pro Daniella Karagach.

Sasha Farber visited the comments section to leave a series of red heart emojis, while Burke’s former DWTS partner Cody Rigsby left a red heart.

‘I’m sooo glad I was there to see you! You are a legend and everyone loves you,” Bravo star Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi wrote.

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