For years, there have been rumors that dancers are hooking up with each other or with their partner — and some have confirmed it. But who hasn’t? Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Cheryl Burke and Derek Hough are revealing all ‘Dancing with the Stars’ dirt!
“It’s a very incestuous group. It’s not awkward at all,” Maks Chmerkovskiy said in an interview with Us Weekly. The dancer, who will return this year after a four-season break, has dated both Karina Smirnoff and is currently engaged to Peta Murgatroyd. “I’m a very easy person when it comes to not giving f–ks. I don’t know ow to put it any other way.” He also added that it’s not awkward because he “got Peta.”
As for the rumored romance between Maks and his partner Meryl Davis, well he laughs off those 2014 reports. “We never were together. It got to the point where we didn’t even know how to continue saying, ‘No, we’re not dating,'” he told the mag. “The funny thing is, I’m engaged, I have a baby coming, and there are still people who think Maks and Meryl can be a thing!”
Cheryl, 32, will return after three seasons off and she also admitted to a fling with Chad Ochocinco in 2010. “I think I wanted it to be serious, but I couldn’t handle it,” she said. “He did some dating show. I started to realize this wasn’t the person for me. But I kept the diamond necklace he gave me for my birthday.” As for Derek, well, he keeps his private life private.
Another one of Maks’ partners that caused chatter was Kirstie Alley, who completely went radio silent after her season. So, what happened? “Scientology happened,” Maks told the magazine. “You can thank Leah Remini for that. A note was sent to a friend telling me I was ‘disconnected,’ as in, I am no longer allowed to be Kirstie’s friend. I find it ridiculous for an adult human being to ‘disconnect’ from someone. But everyone is entitled to their own insanity.
Derek, keeping quit, did reveal that one partner — who he did not name — actually had a “meltdown” so bad in rehearsals that afterward he “went over to the camera, ejected the tape and broke it,” which landed him in trouble with the producers for interfering. However, he didn’t care, because “there was no way I was going to let a human being come off like that.”
DWTS returns to ABC on Sept. 12.