We reported yesterday that Dancing with the Stars
couple Mario Lopez
and professional dancer Karina Smirnoff
have called it quits. A source had told People Magazine
that Smirnoff was seen canoodling with E! Entertainment personality Michael Yo, and moving out of Lopez's Los Angeles home.
What a difference a day makes. Today, both Lopez and Smirnoff are denying the rumors.
Smirnoff told Samantha Harris, co-host of Dancing with the Stars
, "Mario and I are fine. It's all good."
"It's all good," Lopez added in a follow-up email.
The couple reportedly got together after they were partnered on season 3 of Dancing with the Stars
. Despite living together, the two have never publicly acknowledged their romantic relationship, except to do damage control.
And what of the rumors circulating of Smirnoff trading in Lopez for her current Dancing with the Stars
partner, R&B singer Mario
? Well, apparently there is little truth to that one as well.
"He’s a great guy—really respectful, really cool, and I’m glad Karina got him as a partner. And I think they’re gonna go all the way and they’re gonna do great," Lopez told E! News' Ryan Seacrest about the other Mario.
Smirnoff and the single-named R&B Singer finished tied for fourth after this week's performances with Shannon Elizabeth
and Derek Hough
, who are themselves an item
as well. Fortunately for Mario and Karina, they were able to escape the bottom two this week. Marissa Jaret Winokur
and Tony Dovolani
joined Shannon and Derek in the bottom two teams, but it was Shannon and Derek's turn to dance their last dance.
Lopez is currently starring in A Chorus Line
on Broadway and will be making a reappearance on the Dancing with the Stars
stage. He and 18 dancers form A Chorus Line
taped a dance number to air on Dancing
's 100th episode on May 6. He is also busy getting ready for a national tour to promote his book, Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness
There are only five couples remaining in the Dancing with the Stars
competition. Catch the live broadcast of the Top 5 Performances next Monday, followed by the results show on Tuesday at 9pm.
-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
Source: People, Eonline
(Image courtesy of ABC)