'DWTS': Matthew Lawrence Shares How the Show Has Impacted His Marriage to Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke might be dancing with Backstreet Boy AJ McLean on season 29 of Dancing With the Stars, but her husband Matthew Lawrence is waiting in the wings for her to come home each night. Find out how the DWTS competition impacts their marriage, according to Lawrence. 

Cheryl Burke and Matthew Lawrence are happily married 

Burke and Lawrence have a long history. They first met when his brother, Joey, competed on Dancing With the Stars in 2007. Burke and Lawrence hit it off, but they decided to end their relationship after a few years. 

The two reconnected in 2017. After realizing they were meant for each other, Lawrence proposed to Burke in May 2018. The Boy Meets World actor’s proposal included the diamond Burke’s father proposed to her mother with and a note that read: “I will love you always and forever. That’s what I engraved in this ring. I want you to marry me” [per Us Weekly]. 

Lawrence and Burke were married in May 2019 and remain married today. 

Matthew Lawrence is ‘counting down the days’ until season 29 of ‘DWTS’ is over 

As a motivated individual, Burke likes to keep her schedule busy. Burke’s partner this season discussed her “hustler” attitude with Lawrence on the “What MATTers Most” episode of the Pretty Messed Up podcast. 

“It’s obviously gotta take a toll [on your relationship],” McLean pointed out to Lawrence regarding Burke’s busy schedule. 

“I respect [the time and energy required of Burke to do the show], Lawrence admitted. “Whenever I have those moments where I get a little frustrated — [it’s always about] the craziest little things, when you think about it. One, her not being here.” 

Because Burke and McLean have to practice every day for several hours at a time, Lawrence is often left at home alone. “I’ll turn after five or six hours and [think] I’m just living here alone now,” he laughed. 

McLean apologized for keeping Burke away from home. The duo seem to be doing well in the competition, maintaining enough votes to stick around week after week. Of course, Lawrence said it was OK. Like Burke and McLean, he would be happy to see them win the Mirror Ball. 

And yet, despite how much he wants his wife to succeed, not having her around has been tough for Lawrence. “It’s going to be really nice to have her back,” he concluded. “I am sorting of counting down the days.” 

AJ McLean’s family is also counting down the days until the competition is over 

Ironically, McLean’s family is doing the same thing Lawrence is. While his wife and two daughters are delighted McLean has made it this far in the competition, they can’t wait to have him back at home. 

“It’s funny, that’s what my kids are doing now,” McLean said about how his family is also patiently waiting for he and Burke to be eliminated or crowned the Mirror Ball Champions on Dancing With the Stars.

Watch McLean and Burke dance Mondays at 8PM EST on Dancing With the Stars.

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