Cheryl Burke says Matthew was her first accomplice who wasn’t “abusive”.

Cheryl Burke looks back at the hard road that led her to find true love for her husband Matthew Lawrence.

The 36-year-old Dancing With the Stars pro shared a high-performing video on YouTube entitled “My Experience of Abusive Relationships” on Friday, December 11th. In the video shown below, Cheryl gave fans an introspective and raw look back at the string of abusive relationships she had in her younger years.

“Even after graduating from high school and my professional dance career, I was still preoccupied with bad boy relationships like this, and I continued the pattern of meeting abusive men,” she explained in the footage. “I also abused myself by drinking too much and just had no respect for myself, which I will talk about more in future videos.”

It wasn’t until she started dating her future husband Matthew in 2007 that she let a healthy partner into her life, even if she wasn’t ready to fully embrace their relationship.

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