'It's very tough on her body': DWTS pro Alan Bersten reveals partner Debbie Gibson's Lyme …


She was a huge pop star in the 80s and 90s. 

And Debbie Gibson, 47, is back in the spotlight to compete on Dancing With the Stars alongside pro partner Alan Bersten.

The dancer has revealed to JustJared that the former singer has some difficult challenges while battling Lyme disease.

‘I want to help Debbie get back to a place where she’s comfortable with her body again, before her health experience,’ Alan told the website. 

Pushing through: Debbie Gibson, 47, is back to compete on Dancing With the Stars alongside pro partner Alan Bersten who revealed to JustJared that the former singer has her fare share of challenges while battling Lyme disease

Pushing through: Debbie Gibson, 47, is back to compete on Dancing With the Stars alongside pro partner Alan Bersten who revealed to JustJared that the former singer has her fare share of challenges while battling Lyme disease

Pushing through: Debbie Gibson, 47, is back to compete on Dancing With the Stars alongside pro partner Alan Bersten who revealed to JustJared that the former singer has her fare share of challenges while battling Lyme disease

The duo danced beautifully when they kicked off their first performance on Monday night to her own 1989 number 1 hit Lost in Your Eyes.

They received a total of 17 points out of 30, which isn’t terrible for the first dance. 

Alan, who is making his debut on the show, opened up about their new partnership and how he already feels protective over the former pop star, especially when it comes to her health. 

Great first performance: The duo danced beautifully when they kicked off their first performance on Monday night to her own 1989 number 1 hit Lost in Your Eyes

Great first performance: The duo danced beautifully when they kicked off their first performance on Monday night to her own 1989 number 1 hit Lost in Your Eyes

Great first performance: The duo danced beautifully when they kicked off their first performance on Monday night to her own 1989 number 1 hit Lost in Your Eyes

Decent score: They received a total of 17 points out of 30, which isn't terrible for the first dance

Decent score: They received a total of 17 points out of 30, which isn't terrible for the first dance

Decent score: They received a total of 17 points out of 30, which isn’t terrible for the first dance

Already protective: Alan, who is making his debut on the show, opened up about their new partnership and how he already feels protective over the former pop star, especially when it comes to her health.

Already protective: Alan, who is making his debut on the show, opened up about their new partnership and how he already feels protective over the former pop star, especially when it comes to her health.

Already protective: Alan, who is making his debut on the show, opened up about their new partnership and how he already feels protective over the former pop star, especially when it comes to her health.

‘Lyme disease is very tough on her body and every day she’s like ‘people are expecting so much of me because they knew me before Lyme and they don’t know how much my body has changed from that’.

He said despite the challenges, he wants his partner to have a good time, which is advice he is taking on for himself too. 

‘There’s a huge sigh of relief, actually,’ Alan told the website about his first performance.

He continued: ‘I think [Debbie] killed it and just left everything out on the floor. She really got to sit back and enjoy it. That’s the most important thing is enjoying the dance.’

Keeping it fun: He said despite the challenges, he wants his partner to have a good time, which is advice he is taking on for himself too

Keeping it fun: He said despite the challenges, he wants his partner to have a good time, which is advice he is taking on for himself too

Keeping it fun: He said despite the challenges, he wants his partner to have a good time, which is advice he is taking on for himself too

He continued: 'I think [Debbie] killed it and just left everything out on the floor. She really got to sit back and enjoy it. That's the most important thing is enjoying the dance'

He continued: 'I think [Debbie] killed it and just left everything out on the floor. She really got to sit back and enjoy it. That's the most important thing is enjoying the dance'

He continued: ‘I think [Debbie] killed it and just left everything out on the floor. She really got to sit back and enjoy it. That’s the most important thing is enjoying the dance’

Working on form: He revealed that his partner holds a lot of her emotions in her shoulders, so they need to work on 'keeping her shoulders down and keeping her frame strong'

Working on form: He revealed that his partner holds a lot of her emotions in her shoulders, so they need to work on 'keeping her shoulders down and keeping her frame strong'

Working on form: He revealed that his partner holds a lot of her emotions in her shoulders, so they need to work on ‘keeping her shoulders down and keeping her frame strong’

He revealed that his partner holds a lot of her emotions in her shoulders, so they need to work on ‘keeping her shoulders down and keeping her frame strong.’ 

He admits that her Lyme disease has made rehearsals a little challenging at times, but they are making it work.   

‘Because of the Lyme, I’m making sure that she’s okay at all times. Our rehearsals aren’t just come in, dance for a few hours, and leave.’

‘We have to make sure that Debbie’s body is taken care of and we’re not pushing her too hard. God forbid, we push her to hard and she has to pull out of the competition.’

‘We have to draw a nice happy medium of rehearsals where we’re doing a lot of physicality and then more visuals, where she can watch me doing it while she’s resting and getting her energy back up.’

In it to win: He admits that her Lyme disease has made rehearsals a little challenging at times, but they are making it work

In it to win: He admits that her Lyme disease has made rehearsals a little challenging at times, but they are making it work

In it to win: He admits that her Lyme disease has made rehearsals a little challenging at times, but they are making it work

 



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