âI am overwhelmed. Iâve been trying to hold back the tears, I would say, because I wanted to really perform the best I could. Now with all of that behind me, itâs bittersweet â¦ but I have to just trust my intuition,â Burke, 38, exclusively told Page Six in the ballroom.
â[Itâs been] so hard. This is like another type of divorce, but an amicable one,â she continued.
âI do know though that I love to evolve as a human being. I think for me, Iâve done 26 seasons as a professional dancer and I know Iâm more than capable to do other things as well.â
While the âDance Momsâ alum told us her current passion is raising mental health awareness, she also addressed whether sheâd be down to return to the dance competition series as a judge following Len Goodmanâs emotional retirement.
âI never thought in a million years I would retire the same season as Len Goodman,â she exclaimed. âHonestly, I would love to evolve within the [âDWTSâ] family, but if that doesnât happen? All good. I had to do this for me.â
Monday nightâs Season 31 finale concluded with TikTok star Charli DâAmelio taking home the mirrorball trophy with her pro partner, Mark Ballas. The two beat out fellow competitorsÂ Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy (2nd place),Â Wayne Brady and Witney Carson (3rd place)Â andÂ Shangela and Gleb Savchenko (4th place).
âItâs deserved! I called it from the beginning,â Burke said of DâAmelio and Ballasâ win. âI mean, Mark is such a creative genius. I am so proud of him. Itâs not easy taking a break and coming back.
âI just love that Mark came back with a vengeance, and with someone whoâs so sweet like Charli,â she added. âVery well deserved. Iâm so happy for both of them.â
As previously reported, Burke filed for divorce from Lawrence, 42, in February after nearly three years of marriage. She cited âirreconcilable differencesâ and listed their date of separation as Jan. 7, 2022, in court documents obtained by Page Six at the time.
The two first met when the actorâs older brother, Joey Lawrence, competed on Season 3 of âDWTSâ with pro dancer Edyta ÅliwiÅska. They dated for a year in 2007 before calling it quits for the first time, but ultimately reignited their romance in 2017.
Since filing for divorce, Burke has been vocal about the many ups and downs of moving on and beginning her new chapter.
âAt the end of the day, you know, when I close my eyes and go to bed, it is kind of lonely,â she said on a June episode of her âBurke in the Gameâ podcast, noting that she was âopenâ to start dating again, âslowly but surely.â
She added, âI wouldnât mind having a text relationship with someone or even just someone to flirt with.â
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