Emmitt Smith's Wife Pat on His Dancing with the Stars Stint: 'I Went Through a Depression About It'
“During that time I would have literal motion picture movies going on in my head of [pro] Cheryl [Burke] and Emmitt in the dance room having this steamy affair,” she said during a Facebook Live interview with Fox 5 Good Day New York host Rosanna Scotto on Thursday. “I’m talking like Oscar-worthy films going on. And I literally sat at home thinking, ‘Okay, they’ve got this romance and there’s this chemistry and this thing’ and it was killing me.”
She added, “I told Emmitt, ‘Listen, no going out to lunch or let’s go run and get us Starbucks. I need you all to keep this business. ‘ So what he did was really include me on the team. Cheryl was a part of our family’s parties, our kid’s parties.”
The former Dallas Cowboys running back appeared on the show’s third season and, later, went on to win with Burke.
Though Pat now refers to Burke as her “little sister,” her insecurities were at an all-time high during the show.
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“I pretended. I put on a mask, which a lot of people do every day, which is exhausting,” she explained. “And when it was over I literally collapsed. I mean, I went through a depression about it.”
Now, with the release of her new book, Second Chances, Smith is encouraging women to put their fears behind them.
“I was happy that he won, obviously, he’s my husband, but after that, that’s when I got my wake up call, that it was time for me not to be so worried with what he’s doing, but what it is that I’m supposed to be doing,” she said. “And that’s really when Treasure You, my organization for women was birthed.”