Jaleel White: I Don't Want My Real Life in Tatters

PARADE Modified: April 10, 2012 at 9:15 am •  Published: April 9, 2012
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Jaleel White became a household name in the '90s as the lovable geek Steve Urkel on Family Matters.


Now, the 35-year-old has been reintroduced to audiences as a contestant on this season of Dancing With the Stars. But in the past few weeks, his personal life has been getting more attention than his dance moves.

White's ex-girlfriend, Bridget Hardy, who is the mother of his two-year-old daughter, accused him of being verbally and physically abusive, Radar Online reported. He has also been dogged by claims that he got into an explosive argument with his dancing partner Kym Johnson and the show's producers during rehearsals.

White talked to Parade.com about dealing with the negative side of reality TV fame and why he's pushing forward with the competition.

On dealing with recent tabloid rumors.
"That part is rough. I've been in this business for 30 years and I think my record speaks for itself. The fact of the matter is the cops ain't looking for me at all [laughing]! I have a real life to get back to when this show is done and you don't want it in tatters. I try to focus on what's real and I'm keeping everybody that's close to me year-round even closer to me right now."

On his two-year-old daughter, Samaya.
"I try to spend any free moment I have with my daughter. That's rough on me. I'm used to spending more time with her, so sometimes I have her come down to the rehearsal hall."

See photos of Jaleel White Through the Years

On the grueling rehearsal process.

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