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Cheryl Burke Confesses: I Starved Myself & Took Diet Pills! How Sad.

Fri, January 28, 2011 11:30am EDT by Add first Comment

Though she put up a brave front when the media called her fat, Cheryl privately broke down. She starved herself & turned to diet pills for help!

How could anyone call Cheryl Burke fat? Back in July 2008, a magazine printed unflattering photos of the now-26-year-old Dancing With The Stars pro, which made her appear slightly heavier than usual. Despite remaining positive in public, Cheryl now admits the incident destroyed her, and it’s because of those pictures that she starved herself and took diet pills to slim down.

“One night I was supposed to go out with my friends, but I couldn’t do it,” Cheryl tells People. “Every time someone looked at me I was like, ‘That person thinks I’m fat.'”

Sadly, things took got worse before they got better. Strangers began attacking Cheyl on the internet, calling her “fat!” Her response: “You don’t have to be anorexic to be beautiful.”

That was the tipping point for Cheryl, when she began taking extreme measures to lose weight: starvation and pills. Thankfully, she “couldn’t do it” for very long. “I felt anxious and shaky,” she says.

Cheryl finally shed the weight gradually by dancing it off and eating healthy. “I love carbs and I love chips,” she says. “I’m not going to deprive myself, but instead of eating potato chips I’ll eat Triscuits or low-fat Cheez-Its.”

Now, “there are moments when I’m like, ‘Ugh — the camera adds 10 lbs,'” she notes. “But as long as I work up a sweat and eat clean, I’m okay. I feel great about my body.”

— Lindsey DiMattina