Cheryl Burke Has a 'Nurturing' New Boyfriend

Cheryl Burke Has a 'Nurturing' New Boyfriend
JT Torregiani and Cheryl Burke
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09/23/2014 AT 08:05 PM EDT

She sure lucked out getting partnered with Antonio Sabato Jr. on this season's Dancing with the Stars, but Cheryl Burke is also lucky in love.

The DWTS pro confirms she has a new boyfriend, entrepreneur JT Torregiani.

"He's been super supportive and I couldn't ask for anyone better," she told PEOPLE on Monday night.

Having known one another for the past 10 years, the pair saw their friendship slowly blossom. "We used to hang out in the same circle and just connected over the summer," she explained.

"It's been really hard over the last few years to find someone who really appreciates what I do, and also still has his own business, his own life," she said of the restaurant and nightclub owner. "It's been a match made in heaven! It's changed me. I've been a lot happier as a person."

Torregiani, who has been dating Burke for the past couple of months, was on hand Monday night to watch his leading lady hit the dance floor.

"He was so happy for me. He's so nurturing and supportive," gushed Burke, 30. "We are attached at the hip right now. We're in the phase where we constantly want to be together."

Torregiani, who also dated Paula Abdul, is owner of Warwick and Aventine Hollywood.

"I've never had anyone in my life like that before," Burke said.

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