Amber Rose on ‘Dancing’ Co-Star Ryan Lochte: ‘He Made a Mistake and He Paid for It’

"For the average person who lied and f---ed up, it wasn’t on national TV. He made a mistake and, trust me, he paid for it internally."

By Rahul Lal

This week, Amber Rose was eliminated from the television competition, Dancing With The Stars, and on this week’s episode of her Loveline with Amber Rose podcast she addressed her time on the show.

“You know what? I wasn’t really sad,” Amber said. “If I would’ve been voted off the first four weeks, then I would’ve probably been sad but I really feel like I gave it my all and I was kind of ready to go if I’m being honest with you. I was kind of ready because it was extremely stressful. I had the most amazing partner who is like my brother for life, Max [Maksim Chmerkovskiy].”

In just a short time, Amber was able to train herself to become an impressive dancer, but it wasn’t easy.

“Terra Jolé is a little person, Jana Kramer is is very petite, very slim and Laurie Hernandez is an olympic gold medalist,” she said. “I was competing against these girls that are obviously in way better shape than me and easy to flip around and do cool s—. Max was like ‘Alright, you ready for me to pick you up?’ I’m just like ‘Don’t even try it, bro.’ I’m like a buck-70 on a good day.”

Amber made some really great friends on the show, including Kenny “Babyface”Edmonds, Vanilla Ice and swimmer Ryan Lochte. Lochte was famously under fire for lying to officials about a robbery during the Olympics.

“Ryan Lochte is awesome,” she said. “Ryan Lochte lied and he f—ed up and we’ve all lied and f—ed up in our lifetime and guess what? For the average person who lied and f—ed up, it wasn’t on national TV and he made a mistake and, trust me, he paid for it internally, he did. He’s a great guy and his family is amazing.”

“I’m not judgmental,” Amber said about the Olympian. “I feel like as you grow as a person, you make mistakes. If you continue to make the same mistakes, you are not growing as a person. If you make the mistakes and you are remorseful and say ‘Why did I do that? That was so stupid, I didn’t have to go down that road.’ I feel like that’s how he feels and he’s just an amazing guy. His family, his mom, his sister, are just amazing people and I’m glad I got to know them.

Amber added that she feels that tags stick with celebrities as they become more popular, particularly if those tags are negative or demeaning. She is constantly the victim of this, as she’s often referred to, and identified as, a stripper.

“It’s just like ‘Former stripper turned model turned talk show host,’” she said. “Nobody says ‘Former Kinko’s worker Brad Pitt’ — they never say that. They only talk about sex… it was also one of the best times of my life. I say that because it f—ing was. I was young, beautiful and it’s funny because when I was in the strip club, guys would be like ‘You’re too beautiful to be here, honey. Why are you here?’ [I would say] ‘Because I’m f—ing hot. I don’t have to do s— but talk to you, and you’re going to give me money.’”

Listen to the most recent episode of Loveline with Amber Rose on CBS Radio’s Play.it podcast network.

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