Louis van Amstel Denies Body-Shaming 'DWTS' Costar Lacey Schwimmer
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Although he admits that he 'never really connected' with Lacey, Louis, who last appeared on 'DWTS' for season 31 in 2022, insists that he 'would never shame her on her body.

AceShowbiz - Louis van Amstel insisted that he never body-shamed Lacey Schwimmer. The "Dancing With the Stars" pro dancer defended himself afer his former co-star claimed he made her cry by commenting about her body.

"I never even spoke about Lacey or [Cheryl Burke] or their weight," the 50-year-old claimed via an Instagram video shared on Tuesday, October 31. "I really feel bad for them that they were made to feel so bad by that [TV Guide] journalism [piece], but I am here to tell you on the health of my sons, my family, I never said anything about their weight."

Louis, who last appeared on "DWTS" for season 31 in 2022, gushed, "I love Cheryl Burke." Although he admitted that he "never really connected" with Lacey, the Dutch-American dancerinsisted, "I would never shame her on her body."

Lacey, who appeared on DWTS on and off from seasons 7 through 13, made headlines on Monday, October 30, when she recalled a 2008 TV Guide interview in which van Amstel and Maksim Chmerkovskiy slammed both her and Burke, 39, for their bodies.

"When I'm 19 years old and I’m excited to do this brand new venture, and be celebrated for something I’ve worked my whole life doing, to hear people I’ve looked up to … it literally broke my spirit," she shared during the episode of Cheryl's "Sex, Lies, and Spray Tans" podcast. "Oh, my God, it ruined me. I remember crying and crying and crying."

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