'DWTS' Cheryl Burke claims abusive high school ex 'WHIPPED' her with a belt as his parents watched
Burke made the claims in a new episode of 'Red Table Talk' in a highly emotional chat with host Jada Pinkett Smith
LOA ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In a teaser clip from the latest episode of the Red Table Talk, guest Cheryl Burke revealed that she had been abused by an ex-boyfriend in high school. She also added that her ex would whip her with a belt while his parents watched the whole thing.
Speaking to Jada Pinkett Smith during the highly emotional chat, the 'Dancing with the Stars' veteran claimed that the abuse left marks and "bruises all over her legs," as per an article by the Daily Mail. The 38-year-old alleged that the ex was her former high school partner, who she had been in a relationship with for four years.
The episode is due to be released on November 2. In the teaser, the 'Dancing with the Stars' winner told Pinkett Smith, "Not to get too graphic, but in high school, I’ll never forget the person I was with, on and off for four years, whipped me with a belt. And I had bruises all over my legs. I remember his parents were watching it, didn’t do anything. And it wasn’t like he was hitting me, he was whipping me." The admission drew gasps of shock and sympathy from the hosts.
More recently, Burke had made it known that she is gearing up for a potential trial with her ex-husband Matthew Laurence over the custody of their dog, Ysabella. While their divorce has been finalized, the custody of their dog remains in question. During her iHeart podcast, 'Burke in the Game,' she earlier said, "That's my dog. Ysabella is my daughter - I'm a dog mom, and that's it. I couldn't even imagine my life - I mean, I could just cry right now - but I couldn't imagine my life without her."
Burke and Lawrence are now officially divorced, with both waiving off spousal support as mentioned in their premarital agreement. "It has been such a short yet long journey. I have definitely been more awake during the season, meaning I am a lot more present I think than I've ever been. I am trying to just surrender to the good, bad, and ugly. It's been really scary, but it's been eye-opening, and I am now officially divorced," she stated.