TLC’s Chilli and beau Matthew Lawrence started a relationship AFTER his divorce from ex Cheryl Burke

They delighted ’90s nostalgia fans earlier this month with news of their relationship.

But now a source claims that TLC singer Chilli, 51, and Boy Meets World actor Matthew Lawrence, 42, only got together after he already split from his ex-wife Cheryl Burke, 38.

A source told TMZ that the Dancing With The Stars pro had already filed for divorce from Matthew by the time he and Chilli started dating last year.

According to the insider, Matthew’s conversations with the singer had been strictly platonic prior to the divorce filing.

Nothing to worry about: TLC singer Chilli, 51, and Boy Meets World actor Matthew Lawrence, 42, didn't have any overlap from his marriage to Cheryl Burke, a source told TMZ on Thursday;  seen in 2019

No overlap: The source said they started dating after Matthew's divorce began;  pictured in 2012

No overlap: The source said they started dating after Matthew's divorce began;  pictured in 2012

Nothing to worry about: TLC singer Chilli, 51, and Boy Meets World actor Matthew Lawrence, 42, didn’t have any overlap with his marriage to Cheryl Burke, a source told TMZ on Thursday

However, they did say that the new lovebirds were both acquaintances prior to the dissolution of his marriage.

Cheryl filed for termination of her marriage on February 18, 2022, and she wrote in her application that the couple had separated on January 7, 2022.

On February 24, 2022, the reality star shared a statement about the end of her marriage on Instagram.

“I know I’ve always said I’m an open book with you guys, I aspire to be that, and as I write this I’m realizing there isn’t really an easy way to announce that my marriage is over. is coming to an end,” she said. wrote. “I hope you understand that I will not be commenting further at this time and ask for understanding and privacy. Thank you all for all the kind words and support you’ve given me – I love you all.”

Taking their time: The source claimed that Matthew's ex Cheryl Burke, 38, had already filed for divorce by the time the two reconnected in March 2022. She dated their divorce to January ;  seen in February 2022

Taking their time: The source claimed that Matthew's ex Cheryl Burke, 38, had already filed for divorce by the time the two reconnected in March 2022. She dated their divorce to January ;  seen in February 2022

Taking their time: The source claimed that Matthew’s ex Cheryl Burke, 38, had already filed for divorce by the time the two reconnected in March 2022. She dated their divorce to January ; seen in February 2022

She further spoke about the split and her new single life in a March 6 post on Instagram.

“I’ve realized that when I’m at a point in my life where I have some big emotions to process, the best thing for me is to spend some time alone — other than being together.” [my dog] Ysa of course, but I really feel like she’s part of me, so she doesn’t count,” Burke said. “To be honest, really feeling my feelings is new to me.”

Burke added that she had spent her “entire life so far trying to numb her feelings,” and she’s “learning that it’s MUCH harder to actually go through it.”

“I think that’s all to say, to really experience my feelings, whatever they may be, being alone for a few days has been the best thing for me,” she added. “I would highly encourage anyone out there to try it and not feel guilty about needing that space.”

Matthew and Chilli reportedly started spending more time together in March last year, about two months after Cheryl told the court she had split from her husband.

No rush: Matthew and Chilli reportedly started spending more time together in March last year, about two months after Cheryl told the court she had separated from her husband;  seen in 2017

No rush: Matthew and Chilli reportedly started spending more time together in March last year, about two months after Cheryl told the court she had separated from her husband;  seen in 2017

No rush: Matthew and Chilli reportedly started spending more time together in March last year, about two months after Cheryl told the court she had separated from her husband; seen in 2017

Old school: Fittingly, the two '90s mainstays reunited at a convention dedicated to nostalgia for the decade

Old school: Fittingly, the two '90s mainstays reunited at a convention dedicated to nostalgia for the decade

Old school: Fittingly, the two ’90s mainstays reunited at a convention dedicated to nostalgia for the decade

Fittingly, the two mainstays of the 1990s reconnected at a convention dedicated to nostalgia for the decade.

The new couple made their relationship official around the Thanksgiving holiday, but the source claimed that Chilli had continued to date other people until then.

They also noted that Matthew and Cheryl stopped living together once the romance started to heat up.

The DWTS professional’s divorce from Matthew was finalized in September, about a month before he and Chilli decided to become a couple.

Since then, Matthew and Chilli have spent the big holidays together, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Curious: Despite the reported lack of overlap, Cheryl seemed to suggest on Tuesday that something wasn’t right when she shared a simple text message to her Instagram stories that read, “That was fast…”

Despite the reported lack of overlap, Cheryl seemed to suggest on Tuesday that something wasn’t right when she shared a simple text message to her Instagram stories that read, “That was fast…”

But Chilli seemed to think the relationship had “perfect timing.”

On Wednesday, she shared an Instagram post saying, “God has perfect timing. Never too early and never too late. It takes a little patience and a lot of FAITH.”

Just right: But Chilli seemed to think the relationship had “perfect timing.” On Wednesday, she shared an Instagram post saying, “God has perfect timing. Never too early and never too late. It takes a little patience and a lot of FAITH.”

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