Despite the added hurdles the pair are facing in the competition, Bersten noted how Gibson has remained upbeat, energetic and positive.
“She is literally the most joyful person to be around,” he gushed. “When we’re rehearsing, it just flies by because we’ve had so much fun. She’s been having concerts for these past few days, so we don’t have much time for rehearsals though.”
In fact, Bersten had just arrived back in Los Angeles after catching Gibson’s Washington concert on Saturday night. Landing on Sunday morning, he picked up a dapper navy-blue suit for the poker event, which raised funds for LAPD families who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances, and was also attended by Boyz II Men’s Nathan Morris, Shahs of Sunset’s Golnesa ''GG'' Gharachedaghi, UFC star Tito Ortiz and One Tree Hill’s Paul Johansson.
At 23, Bersten was born after Gibson’s musical heyday in the '80s, but says he was aware of the icon after she visited Las Vegas and was “inconspicuously watching” the Dancing with the Stars Live! show that he toured with. He has since done his research, “listened to all her songs,” and was incredibly nervous the first time he met the “legend.”
“It’s an incredible, exciting and nerve-wracking experience to meet someone you’re going to spend the next three months with,” he said. “It was amazing because our energies work very well together. I’m a super-excited person and she just has this zest for life and enjoys every moment and that’s extremely important.”