Cheryl Burke says being a “breadwinner” hurt her marriage to Matthew Lawrence

Money talks, but it won’t save the marriage.

Former “Dancing with the Stars” pro Cheryl Burke spoke candidly about her marriage to Matthew Lawrence during Thursday’s episode of iHeartRadio’s “Amy & TJ” when she posited that being the “breadwinner” in their relationship wasn’t helping her.

“I learned that you can’t buy love,” she told hosts Amy Robach and TJ Holmes, who lost their jobs on Good Morning America in late 2022 when their secret romance came to light.

“I tried not to say it too clearly, because I didn’t buy my ex-husband’s back, but, I would definitely say that I was the breadwinner,” she explained. “She supported us, and I don’t think it’s black and white.”

Burke, 39, added: “It’s like it made me feel good, but then it didn’t necessarily make the relationship good.”

The professional dancer filed for divorce from Lawrence in 2022 after three years of marriage and cited “irreconcilable differences” for their split.

In November 2022, she announced her departure from “DWTS” and likened it to divorce.

“I’m overwhelmed. I would say I was trying to hold back my tears because I really wanted to do the best I could. Now that I have all of that behind me, it’s bittersweet,” she told Page Six after taking her final bow.


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“[It’s been] I continued. “This is like another kind of divorce, but an amicable one.”

During her interview with Robach, 50, and Holmes, 46, on Thursday, Burke said leaving the dance competition show was more difficult than going through her divorce.

“I mean hands down. You can’t compare,” she pointed out.

Burke, who said she was happily single in January 2023, said on the “Amy & TJ” podcast that she wasn’t sure if she was ready to look for love again. But when she is, she knows what she wants.

“I want someone who wants to evolve,” she noted. “[Someone who can] Take responsibility when needed…a supportive person.

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