‘DWTS’ Sent Derek Hough and Brooke Burke to Couples Therapy

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The highway to the mirrorball trophy isn’t simple — simply ask Dancing With the Stars season 7 champions Derek Hough and Brooke Burke, who went to {couples} remedy earlier than they discovered their stride.

“We weren’t linked. We weren’t gelling. We have been having points,” Brooke, 52, defined on the Monday, October 9, episode of the “Intercourse, Lies, and Spray Tans With Cheryl Burke” podcast.

“[Derek] was exhausted, he was recording an album at night time,” she defined. “I had a 3-month-old child. I used to be fried — up all night time, coaching all day. As a lot as I really like dance, I didn’t have any skilled coaching, so my physique was depleted. I used to be additionally hormonal.” (Burke and ex David Charvet welcomed her fourth little one, son Shaya, earlier that 12 months.)

Derek, now 38, was solely 23 when he gained his first season of the ABC competitors present with Brooke in 2008. Nevertheless, the health skilled mentioned Derek wasn’t very assured since he had by no means snagged the trophy earlier than, and so they struggled to speak amid their 14-year age hole.

“I used to be a girl and a mom. I felt like he was a younger man,” Brooke added. “We weren’t assembly one another in a spot that was serving us. So we went to this life coach remedy session. And I used to be stunned that it by no means aired as a result of I believed it was tremendous actual and tremendous worthwhile.”

Brooke revealed that she nonetheless values the recommendation they obtained in the course of the session. “What we realized was so worthwhile and the life coach taught me one thing throughout that problem that I took with me and I apply to my life on a regular basis,” she defined. “The life coach had mentioned, ‘You must meet one another with honesty.’”

When asking one another, “How are you?” within the morning, the counselor wished the companions to reply with full honesty.

“She wished me to have the ability to say, ‘I’m exhausted, I don’t have the vitality to be right here, my child was crying all night time, my household misses me, I’m f—king scared, I don’t know this routine, you’re being imply, I’m not OK!’” Brooke recalled. “There’s one thing superb that occurs once you meet somebody with fact and honesty.”

“The opposite factor she mentioned that was actually worthwhile was, ‘You guys usually are not on this to win it.’ And we weren’t,” the Connecticut native continued. “[Derek] was actually scared and insecure. He simply thought, ‘Let’s stick round for so long as we are able to. We’re not gonna win the mirrorball trophy.’”

Although Derek by no means mentioned that out loud, Brooke claimed she might sense his disinterest. She wasn’t fully dedicated both after a foot damage left her in ache each day.

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“I knew his younger thoughts. I knew he wasn’t competing to win. I knew it was a chance for each of us — I used to be there to get to know America differently,” she mentioned. “I believe he was there as a result of it was an important gig as a dancer, it was large for him. I don’t suppose individuals join Dancing With the Stars to win the Mirrorball Trophy — it’s not even attainable. You don’t suppose it’s doable. So the life coach mentioned, ‘You’re each right here, and also you’re dedicated to being right here. You may as effectively frickin’ get in it to win it.’ And we have been like, ‘Oh.’”

Each received their heads within the recreation and took dwelling the prize that season. “I left that stint going, ‘I can do something.’ … I noticed what it was wish to commit three months of my life and do it and do it effectively,” Brooke defined. “It modified my entire life.”

For Derek, it was the primary of six wins earlier than he stepped in as a choose in 2020. Brooke, in the meantime, cohosted DWTS from season 10 to season 17.