Matthew Lawrence and Cheryl Burke began dating shortly after meeting, but split up the following year. Burke told People in 2019, “There was an attraction right away. But we were both really young.” On an episode of the “Pretty Messed Up” podcast, Lawrence tied the breakup to Burke’s drinking habits, explaining, “After about a year, it just kept getting worse … It was now [4 a.m., 5 a.m.] she was coming home. It was just too much, and so I ended it.”
Taking some time to grow up seemed to be the trick as the “Mrs. Doubtfire” star and Burke got back together in 2017. According to Burke on the reunion, “It felt like the [time passed] didn’t happen. I just felt so comfortable.” The couple announced their engagement in 2018. Lawrence shared with E! News about when he knew he wanted to marry Burke. “I think I was just really impressed with the woman she had become … She had done a lot of work on herself, she had really grown in some amazing ways and I was just really taken aback by it.”
As more time has passed, perhaps the relationship has simply run its course. All is fairly quiet about the “irreconcilable differences” for now, but fans are hoping for the best, whether that means the two are together or apart.