‘DWTS’: Sharna Burgess on Former Partner Andy Dick’s Troubled Summer: ‘It Broke My Heart’

by | September 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM | Dancing With The Stars, Interview, TV News

Sharna Burgess and Andy Dick Last Season on "DWTS" (Photo: ABC)

Andy Dick took “Dancing with the Stars” by storm last season — and the comedian proudly told reporters that he’d beaten the addiction to alcohol that had led to numerous legal scrapes.

But this summer, Dick hit the headlines again as it was reported by RadarOnline.com that he had fallen off the wagon. His friends allegedly intervened to put him in a treatment center, but he didn’t want help and fled the facility, Radar sources said.

Dick also was caught on video urinating on a public sidewalk!

At Monday night’s “Dancing with the Stars” premiere, Dick’s former dance partner Sharna Burgess told xfinityTV, “He’s doing much better. He had a moment that wasn’t so good but he’s back on track now.

“I got back in touch with him a month and a half ago. We lost touch for a little while. I’ve been away and working so much.”

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But now, Burgess, who is dancing with NFL player Keyshawn Johnson this season, said of Dick, “I’m making sure I’m in his life all the time to stay there with him.”

When asked if Dick had tried rehab, as had been reported, Burgess replied, “I don’t know about going to rehab but I know he’s definitely doing well now. He’s stronger. And as I said, I’m making sure I’m in his life and there and I’m supporting him.

“I would hate to see anything happen to him. We grew so close last season and that wasn’t just for show. That was for real and I have a lot of love for that man so when I heard he was having a moment, it broke my heart and I was straight in there trying to get back in contact with him.”

Dick had been enthusiastic about possibly performing on “DWTS” cruises, but Burgess said, “I think they were already cast by the time we were talking about it, but I didn’t want to break his little heart with that one.

“But who knows? Maybe the next time. If he’s staying well, I’d definitely love to do that with him in the break.”

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