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'DWTS' Contestant Suni Lee Admits Her Mental Health 'Could Be Better,' Reveals She's Going Through Something Private

Nov. 8 2021, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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Though gymnast Suni Lee has been killing it week after week on Dancing With the Stars, the athlete revealed that she's been secretly struggling.

During a Q&A on Instagram, she gave a candid reply when a fan asked, "How is your mental state?"

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"Could def be better," she admitted. "But it’s just a lot on my plate all at one time & a lot of things ppl don’t know about."

Her response came after she got sick during the November 1 episode, where she ran off stage holding her stomach once she completed her dance with partner Sasha Farber.

After throwing up, she returned to the show, calling the situation "very scary because it's like, I've never done that before so I was kind of embarrassed and I knew that if I didn't come out here I'd be very disappointed in myself."

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However, she then promised fans she was feeling better, tweeting, "just wanted to thank everyone for all the kind words & support! definitely wasn’t the night i had hoped to have but it’s okay ! we made it another week !! thank you for voting, let’s go !"

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Farber confessed to Us Weekly that he was genuinely worried for the athlete, who amid the show's demanding schedule, also has gymnastic practice.

"The poor girl started to feel really sick on Tuesday, and it got worse and worse. We had to miss rehearsals. Today was actually the first time she did the relay because she couldn’t do it last night," he shared on November 1. "I danced with a mannequin [in rehearsals]."

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"Right before the dance started ... we were standing in the tunnel, and she just kinda, like, 10 seconds in, vomited in her mouth and tears started to come out and she started walking away, saying, like, ‘No, I can’t do it.’ I was like, ‘Suni, you’ve got this. Come on. This is game time,'" he recalled. "And she turned around and she was, like, holding it in, and she held it in for a minute 35 and then the second the dance was over, she ran to a trashcan."

After receiving so much support from the professional dancer and her costars, Lee "was like, ‘OK, you know what? I’m going to do it,'" Farber said. "She really dug deep and she did it."

The pair will take to the dance floor again on November 8, with the star noting, "It’s going to be a hard week, but hopefully she’s feeling better and I’m just so proud to be dancing with such a warrior."

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