"Own it Rob, get out there," Burke said on the Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole podcast
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Cheryl Burke has nothing but love for her former Dancing with the Stars partner Rob Kardashian.

During a super candid interview on the Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss podcast, the former dance pro dished out everything from controversial comments about her former partners to details of a hook-up with fellow pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy – but that wasn’t all!

Burke, now 31, also opened up about working with Kardashian, now 29, when the two competed together on the show back in 2011.

“When I had Rob Kardashian, when I danced with him or Jack Osbourne, it was awesome because people were like: ‘Oh, these people are going to be gone by week two, week three.’ And then we take them all the way to the finals and you get more credit for actually doing that than winning another [Mirror]ball,” said Burke, who took second place that season with Kardashian.

A few years after his DWTS stint, Kardashian gradually began to shrink away from the public eye, living a reclusive lifestyle and taking a hiatus from his family’s reality show for nearly two years while battling extreme weight gain and depression.

“Look, everyone fluctuates,” Burke said of Kardashian, who gained more than 100 lbs. in a year. “I’m surprised that he’s making it a bigger deal than it is. I think that’s it’s fine, why does he have to go into hiding or why isn’t he coming out? I think it’s not a big deal.”

“I know Rob really well, he’s a normal guy and he’s so sweet, and I just don’t think that he has anything to be insecure about,” she continued. “I say: ‘Just own it Rob, get out there.’ I think with Rob and his situation he can definitely come out and own it a little more. It just happens, it’s not like he’s so obese he can’t walk. He’s good. He’s chill. I say: ‘Own it, but still be healthy.’ Obviously if he’s not healthy there’s something wrong.”

These days, though, Kardashian appears to be on the right track. Since he started dating his now-fiancée Blac Chyna earlier this year, the reality star has been open about his dedication to losing the weight.

And while Burke admitted she’s never met Chyna, 27, she’s pleased with the progress Kardashian seems to be making since the two linked up.

“Listen, he seems to be really happy,” she said, “so if Rob’s happy, I’m happy.”

As for Burke? She looks back on her experience in the ballroom as an “amazing” opportunity.

“I mean, how many dancers get to come here and do what they love to do? And get paid for it?” she said. “This has been a show that’s been around, I’ve done 18 seasons of it, 10 years, a whole decade of my life. … I had an amazing time meeting so many people. I still have so many great friends from the show that I’ve met and I think it was an amazing platform to be able to transition and do something different.”

And while she’s working on various other projects right now, she admitted she would “absolutely” consider returning to the show as a guest judge.

“Hopefully none of my friends on there take it to heart because I would be brutally honest – without swearing of course,” she added with a laugh.