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(LOS ANGELES) -- Like many stars do, when dancer Cheryl Burke was on vacation in Cabo, Mexico, she decided to share a few photos with fans via her Facebook page.
She did not expect the bullying comments that would follow. While some attacked her figure, saying she has lost too much weight, others accused her of getting plastic surgery on her face.
"It's one thing to see negative comments about yourself in the press, it's another to be criticized by individual people on your own social media pages," Burke told ABC News. "It's much more personal. It hurts."
The Dancing With the Stars pro, 30, is no stranger to controversy and even defended her 15-pound weight loss in May. But this latest round of insults caught her by surprise.
"I've been lucky enough to have a great group of fans who have always posted incredibly kind things on my pages. I was actually looking forward to posting vacation photos since I've been eating healthy and feeling so good," she said. "I totally let my guard down and wasn't expecting people to start hurling insults, especially things about me having fake lips and plastic surgery? That's literally crazy. There are other photos where my lips look like that. I started thinking about re-posting those photos and then I realized I had to take a step back."
What really shocked her were the people who made the mean comments. Burke noted that many of the commenters are adults, judging by their photos. Some of them even have children in their profile pictures.
"I've had some time to think about it all and I've found strength in just letting it go. I can't let myself get hurt by it. I also can't shut down and not post anything online," she said. "There are all different types of people out there who are going to say all kinds of things, online and in real life. The important thing is to know which ones to listen to."
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