Dancer Cheryl Burke slammed rumors that she's anorexic and got lip injections and other plastic surgery after a vacation photo she posted to Instagram set off catty speculation, ABC News reported Friday.
Burke, who recently lost 15 pounds, was accused of suffering from anorexia and getting surgery on her face and body. The "Dancing With the Stars" beauty said she was shocked and hurt by the skinny-shaming body bullying.
"It's one thing to see negative comments about yourself in the press, it's another to be criticized by individual people on your own social media pages," said Cheryl. "It's much more personal. It hurts."
Credits Low-Carb, High-Protein Diet for Weight Loss
Burke said the accusatory comments were especially hurtful because her fans have always been so supportive of her. Ironically, Cheryl was fat-shamed after gaining some weight in 2008. The 5-foot-4 Cheryl has since slimmed down, from 135 pounds to 120 pounds.
Cheryl credited a low-carb, high-protein diet and 90-minute circuit-training workouts for her 15-pound weight loss, and said she's doing great. "I’m thriving," Burke wrote on Facebook. "I’m putting healthy foods into my body and experiencing the benefits."
Burke, 30, said she has to work out harder now than she did when she was in her 20s because her metabolism has slowed down a bit.
Her diet staples now include Greek yogurt, berries and lean meats, and her daily low-carb meal plan looks includes turkey bacon and egg whites for breakfast; Cobb salad with turkey bacon and no cheese for lunch; and dinner of lentil soup or salad with lentils, peppers and corn salad.
Was Sexually Molested as Child
As a star on a hit TV show, Burke's life appears ideal on the outside, but she revealed she was molested by a family friend from the age of five and was later physically abused by two ex-boyfriends.
Cheryl, who testified against her molester and helped send him to jail for almost 20 years, says her parents' divorce when she was a baby gave her mixed feelings toward her abuser, a retired mailman who was well liked in her neighborhood.
Burke eventually helped put the molester behind bars after other children came forward and accused him of sexual abuse. Burke said it took years of therapy to heal from the sexual and emotional abuse, and hoped her coming forward will let other victims know they are not alone.