‘Dancing With the Stars’ Fans Rally Around Cheryl Burke After Powerful Instagram Post

Dancing with the Stars fans rallied around Cheryl Burke after she shared a powerful Instagram post. The ballroom professional discussed her sobriety journey with her followers and shared that she takes one day at a time when it comes to the decision she makes regarding alcohol. Her powerful words inspired readers who encouraged Burke to continue each day no matter what challenges it may bring.

Cheryl Burke poses for a photograph wearing  a green satin top.
Cheryl Burke | Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Cheryl Burke has been sober since 2018

In an interview for the podcast Heart of the Matter, Burke admitted she drank seven days a week.

“I am definitely an alcoholic and addict, yes, 100%,” she said stated.

Cheryl called herself a “functioning drunk” and explained the rules she set for herself surrounding her drinking did little to stop her.

“I was numbing—and we all know that that’s a scary place,” she said. “It was survival mode constantly, seven days a week for me.”

Burke later penned an essay for Us Weekly where she admitted her sobriety publicly in 2020. She wrote, “being public about my struggle made me hold myself accountable.”

Burke admitted she doesn’t know if she will drink again

Burke posted a lengthy caption in the Instagram post seen above where she discussed her ongoing sobriety journey and admitted she did not know if she would ever drink again.

“One of the things I’ve been asked a lot about my recovery journey is ‘do I think I’ll ever drink again,’ often by people who share that they are going through something similar,” Burke wrote.

“The answer is, I can’t really tell you if I’m ever going to drink again. Right now, as of today, I’m not drinking for the rest of today because in the program and in life, it does help to wake up each day and remind yourself to just take it one day at a time.

“We can’t really predict the future or control the outcome – we can only be as present as possible in the moment. So, as of today, no, I’m not going to drink again,” Burke explained.

Cheryl Burke’s fans rallied in support

Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke pose ahead of a performance on "Dancing with the Stars."
Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke | ABC/Eric McCandless

Burke is the longest-running female DWTS pro. Her fans rallied in support of her honest Instagram commentary.

“A FANTASTIC answer. My wife struggles every day not to drink. I show her your messages when you talk about this issue,” wrote one follower.

“I think it’s wonderful that you share all of this with the public. Your words may help someone. Thank you for being selfless,” they explained.

“You are amazing, Cheryl, and I couldn’t be prouder of you,” penned a third Instagram user.

“Taking one day at a time and staying strong and positive,” claimed a fourth fan.

Cheryl Burke and her celebrity partner Cody Rigsby are competitors on Dancing with the Stars. They will perform a Paso Doble to “Black Cat” for the show’s tribute night to the music of Janet Jackson.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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