Ballroom pro Sharna Burgess is defending her relationship with “Dancing With the Stars” partner Brian Austin Green, denying claims that they’re in a phony relationship to garner votes.
“This isn’t a showmance,” Burgess, 36, declared in a legnthy Instagram post Monday, which addressed those who feel the pair have been exaggerating their affection to tug on voters’ heartstings.
“Every step. Every struggle. Every success. And anyone that thinks it’s an advantage I can assure you, it’s not. ITS SUPER HARD!”
She also got cheeky with the image next to her comments — by sharing rehearsal photos showing her touching the “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum’s bum during a dance move.
“For those that say we kiss too much, here’s a full 🍑 grab instead 😂,” she wrote. “But for real though, we kissed once in the first show that’s it.”
She added that the show is a part of their relationship journey, and that they only packed on the PDA when things started getting intense out on the competitive dance floor.
“We both wanted to push harder this week because we really want those scores to keep us in the competition, but in the process we had a few moments of feeling hyper sensitive toward each other and struggled to find a happy positive work flow,” she admitted. “Coaching your boyfriend is hard, and having your girlfriend be the one to tell you all the s–t you’re doing wrong is also hard.
“I am still trying to find balance between how much I love him and how much I love to create and coach for perfection on this show. What I do know is I’m grateful for every second I get on that dance floor with him. What a dream to share this. 🙏🏻”
Burgess went on to solicit fan support for the couple’s Monday night tango routine before praising her beau for his hard work.
“I’m so proud of you @brianaustingreen, and I’m so grateful for you. Your courage out there and your patience with me. Tonight is fun, you’ve done all the hard work and you’re ready. Let’s f–king tango baby!!!!!”
The pair have been dating since August 2020, getting to know each other largely over the COVID-19 quarantine.
“We met at a coffee shop, then had a few dates and then we were locked in a house together,” Burgess told People in June. “I was grateful for that because it allowed us to really take our time and it was really awesome.”
Green, 48, has previously called Burgess an “amazing” dance teacher, admitting that he’s still learning to let go and let his lady take the lead.
“We used to joke when we first started dating that this wasn’t ever even a possibility … but this wouldn’t have happened if we weren’t partners,” he said. “I made a choice early on that when we would go in and rehearse that I need to put whatever ego could possibly come up aside and just listen and learn.”