Charlotte McKinney didn’t seem too surprised to learn that she was the second dancer to leave Dancing with the Stars on Monday – but she seemed to indicate that her struggles with dyslexia could have been at the root of her poor performance.
In the rehearsal clips from Monday’s episode, McKinney can be seen struggling to learn the dance steps from her partner Keo Motsepe. “This stuff with the left instead of the right really throws me off,” she said.
Afterwards, the Carl’s Jr. model explains, “with my dyslexia I’m more of a visual learner so someone has to really show me. And it takes a lot of extra time and this week I don’t have that.” Dyslexia is a learning disorder that can result in difficulties with reading, memorizing and time management.
McKinney was also filmed spending time on her phone texting and not working with a visibly agitated Motsepe.
After she was booted from the dance floor, PEOPLE asked the 21-year-old model to expand on what she meant about her learning disability and how it affected her dancing.
“It comes to play just by focus. I think a lot of my dyslexia makes me just kind of not want to look at the situation,” she said. “It’s hard. Dancing is all about numbers, and left to right and stuff like that. I think I showed that I did accomplish stuff with it but it’s still there and it’s tough. A lot of people don’t really understand it.”
Added Motsepe, “It was challenging.”
McKinney also had choice words for judge Bruno Tonioli, who criticized her rumba by saying, “You are never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics.”
“It was really uncalled for,” said McKinney. “It was really hurtful. I know it’s judging and I know it’s TV and you need that but it was so uncalled for.”