Matthew Lawrence is opening up about past relationships and why he believes they failed.
A little over a year ago, the “Boy Meets World” actor’s then-wife, Cheryl Burke, filed for divorce.
According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, she filed for dissolution of marriage in Los Angeles County Courts on February 18, 2022.
Matthew Lawrence Opens Up About Failed Relationships
The famous couple tied the knot on May 23, 2019, ending their relationship in under 3 years. According to reports, the couple started dating back in 2017 but met in 2006 after Lawrence’s brother — Joey — was cast on ‘DWTS.’
The couple dated for a few years following their meeting, but got back together in 2017 and eventually got married.
Burke hinted the reason for their divorce was due to infidelity on Lawrence’s part, but that was never confirmed.
Now, Lawrence is speaking out about the important lessons he’s learned from his relationships.
Lawrence Admits He Was Trying To “Please” His Past Partners
“I found out that that was the reason why I was getting so off course when it comes to relationships. I wound up getting involved with people that I was trying to please and make happy,” the 43-year-old explained in an episode of his “Brotherly Love” podcast on Friday, March 3rd.
Speaking to his brother Joey and Andrew Lawrence, the actor broke down the issues in his personal life.
“It really didn’t come down to, ‘Was this a good union? Are we making each other happy? Is there trust and bonds and are there good things here?’ I was just like, ‘If I am going to do anything right, I am going to make sure this person is so darn happy with me,’” he recalled. “It never works.”
He noted he couldn’t “make somebody else happy” on his own.
Lawrence Is Head Over Heels For Chilli
Lawrence is currently dating TLC’s Chilli.
“Love is amazing but love doesn’t do it on its own,” he continued. “You can love someone to death, and you can be in a toxic relationship and it can spiral out of control and ruin both your lives. What works? Trust and respect.”
Earlier this month, Lawrence opened up about his new relationship with Chilli to Entertainment Tonight.
When asked if he and the singer would like to welcome children together, he replied, “I hope. That’s the game plan. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
He continued, “My life is in complete bloom right now. I get to spend time with an amazing woman like Chilli.”
His ex-wife hasn’t quite jumped back into the dating pool.
Burke Hasn’t Gotten Into A Relationship Since Divorce
She’s spent the last year “feeling her feelings.”
Following their divorce, Burke took a trip to the same place where she and Lawrence got married, The Fairmont Grand Del Mar, to reflect and recharge.
Of course, she brought her little French Bulldog Ysabella with her.
At the time of her trip she wrote on Instagram, “Taking a few days alone to focus inward, reflect and really try to feel my feelings – with my partner in crime of course ♥️. I think it’s important to note, that I am so fortunate to be able to pause and take this time for myself. As much as I may be going through personally, it is nothing compared to the suffering in Ukraine right now. If you haven’t already, please visit the link in my description to see how you can help.”
On March 7, 2022, she followed up her statement about being alone to explain the impact it had on her mental health.
“I’ve realized that whenever I am at a point in my life where I have some big emotions to process, the best thing for me to do is to spend some time alone – other than being with Ysa of course, but I truly feel like she is a part of me, so she doesn’t count,” she started off a three-page note.
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“If I’m being honest, really feeling my feelings is new to me. I’ve spent my entire life up to this point trying to numb them, and I’m learning that really going through them is A LOT harder. There’s the obvious reason it’s hard – that the emotions I’m experiencing right now are complicated and aren’t exactly happy,” Burke admitted. “But the less obvious reason is that I’m realizing I have a tendency to judge my own feelings and if I’m with other people that magnifies. I get so focused on other people’s perception of how I’m dealing with my emotions – which then in turn leads me to question if I am feeling things the ‘right way.’ I know I shouldn’t do that, but I also know I can’t be the only person who does.”