Hannah Brown Breaks Down After ‘DWTS,’ Shares Emotional Post

'DWTS' Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten via Instagram

Former Bachelorette Hannah Brown has been killing it on this season of DWTS Hannah and Alan Bersten have not only been doing well on the dance floor, but their chemistry together has sparked romance rumors. Up until now, the dancing duo has had good scores and not incredibly harsh criticism from judges. This week has proved to be the toughest for Hannah to date. She ultimately broke down backstage. Now Hannah is speaking out and sharing her emotions.

Hannah broke down backstage after this week’s performance

US Weekly shared that Hannah managed to hold back the tears until backstage, but then sources say she cried. The source went on to say that she cried a lot offstage. It was clear something else was also bothering her. The cause of  Alabama Hannah being so upset was not completely clear.

DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba handed her some tough criticism after Monday night’s performance. She said, “You are disconnected from the movements. I need you to give your heart. We want to see layers that nobody has seen before and I know it’s hard to do but, I swear, if you open up and let it go raw out here, we will be here for you.”

Alan, Hannah’s partner, agreed with Inaba’s statements. He said, “Hannah is incredible but she’s a bit insecure and I’ve been working so hard to get it. She has no reason to be insecure. She is such a beautiful, hardworking person.”


What Hannah revealed on Instagram

Hannah explained herself and her feelings to fans through her Instagram account. Hannah said the following,

This experience has been harder than I could have ever imagined. When I decided to do DWTS I thought it would be a fun way to channel all my energy after a whirlwind experience as the Bachelorette. I was hopeful that the confidence I gained this year to take pride in the woman I have become would have the opportunity to shine, and I’d feel that reboot in my spirit after it took a bit of a beating after my bachelorette season.

I came into this experience a little broken and confused—more than I’ve shared. Everyday has brought its challenges with my past, my fears, and the uncomfortableness of opening myself up again to be judged on something VERY scary like learning a new skill to perform each week. Last night was really defeating for me and a lot of suppressed emotions started to surface from this amazing, but grueling experience.”

She continues on in her post to say

“I want to be me. I want to be real. I feel my best when I feel like I have the opportunity to share my heart with others. But I know that’s been lacking in what has been seen on DWTS. It’s true there is a disconnect. I am busting my ass. I am giving this my all. It’s my focus and passion right now. But each week I fall flat. I’ve gotten to the point of being so anxious before I perform that I can’t completely enjoy it like I wish and know I could.

I KNOW I have a lot more I can give. I want to be able to feel free and confident to dance with my whole heart. I’m working on getting there.

I’m not throwing a pity party. I can take criticism and understand hard work…and I also know that my attitude has to change to rise above this slump I’m in. But this is real life. These are real emotions. It’s okay to be grateful and positive, while also acknowledging the hard days we all have. It’s so important to think positively, but it’s also important to acknowledge and feel all the feels. This pressure to pretend is not good for anyone. That’s how this crazy cycle of perfectionism continues to exist in a lot of us.


Fans appreciate Hannah being real with them

Hannah concludes her post by thanking everyone for their support. One thing fans have always loved about Hannah is her openness. Hannah is unapologetically herself. There are many cheering her and Alan on and hoping they take home the mirrorball trophy.

Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

Jamie Colclasure

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