Erin Andrews Talks Being ‘Unapologetically Strong’ and Rooting for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Maksim Chmerkovskiy (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

FOX sportscaster Erin Andrews, 34, teamed with Degree Women to inspire women everywhere to be “Unapologetically Strong” by challenging them to test their limits, push their boundaries, and realize their inner strength.

Andrews spilled the beans about her personal struggles in 2010 when a stalker released video of her naked in a hotel room. She also revealed the best advice she was given for those extra-challenging times and who has helped her through it all.

What was Andrews’ best piece of advice?

Andrews told Celebuzz that “unfortunately nationally everybody saw when I was tested and that was when a very private and personal thing in my life, being stalked publically, was put out for the whole world to see. I remember when I went back to work for the first time and I had everyone wanting to see how I would do on TV, that’s when I figured out how tough I am.”

Andrews added that a New York Giants coach had one time told her a helpful-yet-blunt piece of advice for whenever the sportscaster was going through something difficult. “He told me ‘you have to have thick skin, you have to be tough’ so I was,” she told us.

The former Dancing With the Stars contestant is also taking time out of her busy schedule to root for her former dance partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 32, while he performs on ABC’s upcoming Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars with Kirstie Alley, 61.

“I’ll always root for Maks, he’s considered a family member. I love him very much and I’m very thankful for my time with him and everything he was able to do for me during that time.” She gushed, “I’ll always be a Maksim fan.”

Can we expect to see Andrews rooting him on from the sidelines?

“I may go now that I’m working in Los Angeles. I know he has his hands full with Kirstie [Alley] – she’s even more stubborn than I am – but maybe I’ll go sit and cheer for (them).”

Andrews made only one request if she does end up visiting the Dancing With the Stars set: “If they agree to spray tan, then I’ll sit in the audience.”

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