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Former ‘DWTS’ Host Brooke Burke Admits She Was Once Being Tempted to Have an Affair With Derek Hough

Derek Hough and Brooke Burke win 'Dancing With the Stars'Photo by Kelsey McNeal/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

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It’s been 15 years since Brooke Burke and Derek Hough set the dance floor on fire and won the Mirrorball Trophy on Dancing With The Stars, but their sizzling connection still remains a topic of conversation. In a recent conversation with former DWTS pro Cheryl Burke on her podcast Sex, Lies, and Spray Tans, Brooke candidly shared some behind-the-scenes details of their intense partnership.

Brooke Burke Explains Why She Was Tempted to Have an Affair With Derek Hough

When Brooke first met Hough, she had reservations about his experience and initially thought he was “young and green and safe.” Little did she know that he would turn out to be a “powerful, badass choreographer.”

Their chemistry was not immediate, and they faced challenges both on and off-camera during rehearsals. Brooke was a new mother dealing with exhaustion, and Hough was a young man trying to juggle dance and recording an album at night.

Their strained partnership led to a surprising turn of events. The show’s producers arranged couples’ therapy for them, which turned out to be a game-changer. During therapy, Brooke found herself “crushing” on Hough. She also revealed that if she hadn’t been married at the time, she would have “hoped for a love affair.”

“You are intertwined with someone’s body when you’re not a dancer,” Brooke said. “There is no way that I have ever been so connected, besides with a lover or a husband, than I was with Derek.”

Brooke emphasized that the connection formed on the dance floor can be even more intimate than in a bedroom. The physical closeness, shared rhythm, trust, and vulnerability created a unique bond.

Brooke Burke Opened Up About What She Learned on DWTS

Despite the initial challenges, Brooke and Hough managed to turn their partnership around. With encouragement from her then-husband David Charvet, Brooke and Hough worked on their communication and trust.

They made a commitment to be honest and compassionate with each other. This shift in mindset led to their eventual victory on the show. Their journey on DWTS not only resulted in a Mirrorball Trophy but also taught Brooke valuable life lessons.

She learned to face her fears, communicate openly, and have faith in her abilities. Winning the competition was a significant achievement, but more importantly, it was about personal growth and transformation.

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