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BACHELOR Clayton Echard revealed his “body dysmorphia” made him “scared of looking fat on TV” which led to a “dark spiral” while viewing the show.

The former football player opened up about the pressures of the cameras “adding 10 pounds” on a show that is known for displaying their contestants shirtless on a regular basis.


5Bachelor Clayton Echard opened up about his battle with 'body dysmorphia'Credit: Getty 5The handsome Bachelor revealed he was 'worried about looking fat' on TVCredit: Instagram/@clatonechard

On the Talking It Out podcast hosted by Bachelor Nation’s Mike Johnson and Dr. Bryan Abasolo - who is married to Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay - the ex athlete expressed his concern for how he would look while filming. 

The 28-year-old told his buddies: “I remember that was a big thought I had - the camera adds 10 lbs. 

“So I'm going to be honest with you - I was kind of scared. I was like, here, we're going to find out right now how I look on camera, I have no idea. 

“And I was afraid that it was going to put me in a little dark spiral, like, you look fat.”

He added that "you can never shake that body dysmorphia — it's always there.”

"You can kind of get it under control in some realms, and I've done that through diet. But it's always going to be there.”

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Though he had to overcome various mental obstacles to get to where he is now, Clayton insisted he is in a “better place” now. 

"I'm at a better place where I'm okay with it now because I've had enough people say like, 'hey, you look like you're in good shape.' 

“But all it takes is three comments back to back to back to say, 'you look kind of fat,' and that's all it takes. All of a sudden it puts you right back into that negative mindset. 

“That's kind of the power of body dysmorphia and the fear of it is like, you never truly get rid of it.”

When asked what he has done to work on his struggle with body dysmorphia, the Missouri native said that in addition to exercise and healthy eating, it has taken a lot of mental work.


"I think the tough part about body dysmorphia is it's so visual. So unless you can change the way you can view yourself, you're never going to truly shake it because it's what you see.

"Everyone wants to see a picture, everyone wants to look in the mirror and go, I actually like what I'm seeing today. It's not a quick fix, it never will be.”

After discussing his journey, he emphasized that it’s not for everybody as each person is different.

”Every body is different, and because of that you have to say, here's what works best for me, and I need to figure that out.

“Put the time in to figure out what works best for you and understand that it just takes time to get there.”

Clayton's comments come just a few days after the show was slammed for making him and his one of his love interests, Sarah Hamrick, strip down to their underwear for a date.


The pair were told that their clothes had to come off while participating in a Scavenger Hunt during their day date - which required them running around in public all of downtown Los Angeles.

The couple looked stunned when Becca Kufrin revealed the stipulations for the game required them to walk around downtown Los Angeles in their "skivvies."

Clayton nervously smiled at the news while contemplating to proceed with the challenge sans clothing.

Sarah was also hesitant and asked: "What if you're not wearing underwear?," to which Becca jokingly responded: "You can go commando if you want."

The two ultimately decided to push on with the brave request, retreating to their changing stations to remove everything but their underwear.

Clayton laughed off the awkward encounter telling the cameras: "There's a list of things that I thought I'd never do in my life and I think this was at the top of it."

Sarah also made light of the situation revealing: "I've only ever been in underwear with a guy in private so this will just, like, be a preview for Fantasy Suites."


Although both Clayton and Sarah admitted that they enjoyed their first date together despite the circumstances, viewers cringed over the "demeaning" outing.

A slew of fans took to Twitter to voice their opinions with one writing: "Ew this is so 2003. Is this what #TheBachelor produces think is sexy, shocking, or entertaining?

"Doing a scavenger hunt in your underwear is so regressive and unnecessary? Like what the hell. Maybe the producers grade 6 daughter wrote this challenge... #awkward"

While a second person agreed tweeting: "They went from a group date talking about body insecurities to running around in public in underwear to a baywatch photoshoot…am I the only one who thinks that’s wrong?!"

The Bachelor airs Monday's at 8pm on ABC.

5The Bachelor asked Clayton and Sarah to strip down to their underwear for a public dateCredit: Bachelor Nation/YouTube 5The former football player often posts pictures of his shirtless body on social mediaCredit: Clayton Echard/Instagram 5Clayton is attempting to find love in a group of 30 women from all over the countryCredit: Getty
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Cheryl Burke Reveals the Real Reason She Left Dancing With the Stars

Getty Cheryl Burke opened up about the real reason she's leaving "Dancing With the Stars."

“Dancing With the Stars” professional dancer Cheryl Burke announced her retirement before the season finale of season 22 of the show. Now, she’s letting fans know exactly why she chose to finally hang up her dancing shoes.

In a November 29 episode of her podcast, “Burke In the Game,” the 38-year-old professional dancer got real about why she chose to leave the show after spending more than a decade working with the brand.

“I will always be focusing on my own mental health, like I said before, I’m a work in progress, but that is not the reason for me leaving the show,” she said. “I left the show because I want to grow as a person, in my career and personally, to be quite honest. I’ve compared this breakup, in a way, to a divorce, so this will be my second divorce of the year. But this one is more amicable, as I’ve said in interviews.”

She added, “However, if the show doesn’t see me as more than a professional dancer, and I don’t say that lightly, then I’m moving on. For me, it’s important. I’ve always been this way. I need to make it official.”

Read on for more about what Burke said regarding her “Dancing With the Stars” exit.

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Burke took the time to clarify that she’s “not retiring,” but she is “hanging up my dance shoes.” The star added that she feels like her life has “yet to begin” and she’ll begin working “harder than ever.”

The dancer shared that she now understands why athletes say they go to “dark places” after they retire.

“Now I understand what athletes mean when they say that at the end of their career, they go into a dark place because really, this has defined my life, you know, this is what I said to Tyra [Banks] when I said what I’ll miss most about ‘Dancing With the Stars,’” Burke told her fans. “Because this is my family.Truly. The show, as a whole, has been my identity in every single way.” 

Burke also talked during her podcast that she’s glad she left the show when she did and she currently has “no regrets” about leaving.

“Let’s just celebrate the now. I did 17 years,” Burke told her fans. “I did my time on that show, and I did it to the fullest. There’s no regrets. I have made that decision. And again, do I hope to still be part of that brand? Yes, of course. But I’m not banking on it, that’s for sure. And I’m happy.”

She added, “This has been a long time coming.”

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Burke is hoping that her time on TV isn’t done completely now that she won’t be dancing on “Dancing With the Stars” anymore. She took some time to talk about a possible upcoming project for the second time during her new podcast episode.

“There have been lots of interviews and auditions for this new show, that I can’t necessarily tell you guys what it it, but it’s a very popular show,” Burke shared. “A lot of people have watched, and it is, obviously that is still up in the air depending on how the ratings are for that show. I will know more beginning either end of January or early February.”

It’s not entirely clear what show Burke could be referring to, though she has a number of options. It’s possible she was referring to becoming a panelist on “The Masked Singer” or working with “America’s Got Talent” in the future.

Burke has been vocal about wanting to become a judge or a host on “Dancing With the Stars” in the past.

After being eliminated from season 31, Burke shared her hopes for next season with ET Online.

“It will likely be my last season,” she told the outer. “Give me another job on the show. There’s lots of different titles, but I have had the same one since 2006 … Hopefully it’s within this family — if not, that’s okay too — but, like anybody, you know, you like to get promoted.”

Burke said she thinks there could be room for her on the panel, even if it meant having five total judges now that there are no commercial breaks.

“Just saying, there’s only one woman up there — that’s my sister,” Burke told the outlet, speaking about Carrie Ann Inaba. “So let’s go, sister from another mister!”

“Dancing With the Stars” is set to return in the fall of 2023 on Disney+.

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