Usually celebrities sign on for Dancing With the Stars for a career boost, weight loss, heartbreak rebound, or just an overall positive experience. So far, Jaleel White isn't getting the full DWTS treatment.
Instead, he's had to deal with one tabloid allegation after the other — first his ex-girlfriend picking at old wounds, and then the rumor that he and his DWTS Season 14 partner Kym Johnson had a major blowout.
Jaleel told Celebuzz he would not have done DWTS if he knew he'd be “pursued by the paparazzi … I probably wouldn’t have signed up for the show if I had been able to look into a crystal ball,” he said.
He added, "But, I tell you: I don’t have any regrets about doing the show because I don’t know how the experience ends. Why would I regret anything when I don’t know the outcome? You go through ups and downs; you go through moments of personal frustration. Hopefully, at the end, you triumph. If I’m able to triumph in this particular situation, this will be one of the greatest experiences of my life — everything included."
But what defines a triumph — just dancing well and having fun? Hoisting the Mirror Ball trophy with Kym around Week 10? Getting a career boost with more film and TV roles? Or just getting more positive stories out there to push down the negative ones so his daughter doesn't read bad stuff about her dad later in life when she Googles him?
Watch the next Dancing With the Stars on Monday, April 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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