On her latest Loveline with Amber Rose episode on the Play.it network, the season 23 contestant revealed she felt “body shamed” when Hough commented on her week three “Booty” salsa with pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
“Last night was like, they did the commentary, and I, it was a point in the dance where I had to lift my leg up and Maks dipped me & [Julianne] said, ‘Oh, I’m uncomfortable,’ and instantly I felt, I did feel body shamed,” Rose, 32, said.
“You know, all the beautiful professional dancers that are on Dancing With the Stars, I mean they dress very sexy and they do the splits and they grind up on these guys and they look absolutely stunning and get a standing ovation,” the mother of one continued.
She concluded, “And me, and my body, my hips, my ass, my breasts made her uncomfortable.”
Hough responded to Rose’s comments and said in a statement issued to PEOPLE: “My comments were solely reacting to the quality of the dance I was judging. I have been a strong proponent of female empowerment and an anti-bullying advocate for years and I take that very seriously. Any kind of body shaming is the furthest thing from who I am and what I stand for.”
The one-time mirrorball champion added, “Trust me I’m ALL for a sexy booty dance!! We all know that!! And any kind of body shaming goes against everything I believe in.”
Before Rose’s comments about Hough went public, Chmerkovskiy defended his partner. “I think a bit more constructive criticism from the judges would have been helpful,” he said in his Entertainment Weekly blog. “It made me so upset to see how sad Amber was after the judges’ comments … The bottom line is the song says ‘booty, booty, booty’ about 70% of the song, so there’s no way we weren’t going to work that into the dance!”
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.