Cutting a Rug with Brooke Burke Charvet

Brooke Burke Charvet’s famous party lifestyle show, “Wild On,” is long behind her. Forget gallivanting around the world in a skimpy bikini. This popular host is now a newlywed who juggles four children and headlines one of television’s highest-rated programs, “Dancing with the Stars.” An edited version of our interview with her follows.

by Ilyssa Panitz • Celebrity Reporter
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Photograph: John Scuilli/Wire Image

More: You recently attended a special event with your family to help launch the video game Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. 
Brooke Burke Charvet: What is cool about this game is it promotes imagination. I am a mother of four children, and I love any game that’s creative and promotes creative thinking. I am a big fan of video games, and I will allow them because it gives us a chance as a family to do something together.

More: So you got game?
BBC: I love this game because it has real-life characters that you can even incorporate into real life.

More: Do you police everything your children do on the computer?
BBC: I don’t, because I really trust my children. Not only do we have a trustful relationship, but they also know I have access to anything they're doing.

More: What don’t you allow?
BBC: I don’t allow my nine-year-old and my 11-year-old to go onto YouTube and surf the Internet. I explain to them that it’s not their fault, but dangerous things can pop up when mistakes are made. With my younger ones, I buy age-appropriate games.

More: Speaking of kids, you're a mother of four.
BBC: Yeah, it’s a lot.

More: How do you run a household, make time for your new hubby and four children and still look fab on DWTS?
BBC: I am lucky. In terms of my professional responsibility, DWTS is on two nights a week. Because it is a live program it's not one of those 15-hour-gig commitments. I am home almost every night. I also drive my kids to school, even on show days. I am a very hands-on mom. Another thing David [Charvet] and I got very good at: saying "no" to a lot of nighttime events because we want to be around to tuck the kids into bed or just spend time with them.

More: You really turn down all of those parties?
BBC: Last night I was in bed by 9 p.m. because I had a 6 a.m. call time. It is all about making the family a priority; however, we still make time for ourselves and schedule a date night.

More: On the subject of David Charvet, you guys finally got married. Why tie the knot now?
BBC: We always felt married. We did things a little backwards. We built our home, had our kids and then embarked on the world’s longest engagement. We had planned a vacation to our favorite spot and destination, St. Bart’s, and just decided to just do it. It was spontaneous. We did it for us and our children. We didn’t even tell our parents.

More: Wow!
BBC: It was the right time. The truth is, life became so hectic and busy we never got around to doing it. I also was never going to plan a big wedding, because I wouldn’t take on that responsibility.

More: Even though you and David have been together for years, do you feel different now that you are officially husband and wife?
BBC: A little. It feels a little bit more complete, and having a husband is a special title. I even changed my name both personally and professionally. Everyone made a big stink about that because most people don’t.

More: Why did you?
BBC: I wanted to honor him. I did it for the kids as well.

More: You also have a blended family. Was it hard to incorporate your past into your present?
BBC: Yes, very. It is hard, and it's ongoing. Raising a blended family has a lot of challenges. I am very lucky that I have a great relationship with my ex-husband [celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Garth Fisher]. We always take the high road and we raise our children together. We also always try to be respectful. But, yes, it is difficult. I should add, having two younger children really bonded our family, because now they feel like everyone belongs. My older children have really welcomed their younger siblings into the family with open arms, and it's just so special. Any child from divorce and a mixed custody agreement can be put in a tough situation. Divorce is forever for children.

First Published November 3, 2011

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