Dancing with the Stars isn’t immune to rumors of cast members having secret romantic relationships with each other. That’s because there have been many cast members who did date. Some of the relationships were between professional dancers and their celebrity partners. Other relationships were between two professional dancers.
So which ones ended up dating or even becoming something more? Although the cast tends to try to keep that information under wraps, a lot of them have been caught with each other. Others actually came forward about dating on their own.
Here are 15 pairs of cast members who ended up dating on Dancing with the Stars.
1. Cheryl Burke and Chad Ochocinco
The football player was paired with Cheryl Burke for Season 10. They made it all the way to the semi-finals together before getting eliminated. So the duo was great on the dance floor, but things also heated up between them off the floor.
Burke revealed they had a romantic relationship in her book, Dancing Lessons. But it never exactly got serious enough. “We didn’t date. I wouldn’t call that dating,” the dancer said on Lifeline Live. “We maybe had a little bit of a fling. I wouldn’t take it to that word dating.”
But that wasn’t because she didn’t want the relationship to go further. “With Chad, I think I wanted it to be serious,” she admitted to Us Weekly, adding, “But I couldn’t handle it. He did some dating show [VH1’s Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch]. I started to realize this wasn’t the person for me. But I kept the diamond necklace he gave me for my birthday!”
2. Val Chmerkovskiy and Amber Rose
Amber Rose competed on the show in Season 23 and her partner was Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They didn’t make it very far but she did get a relationship out of it. She started dating Chmerkovskiy’s brother, Val, but the relationship only lasted a couple of months.
“[Val] and I broke up due to our own personal reasons but we still care about each other tremendously and we love each other’s families even more,” Amber Rose wrote on Instagram. “So please understand that we are all human and we have feelings too. Nobody got dumped and nothing we do over here is malicious it’s just how life works sometimes.”
3. Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec
The professional dancer was paired with Shark Tank star, Robert Herjavec, in Season 20. The two ended up not just dating, but getting married! In 2017, the two walked down the aisle. Johnson stopped working on Dancing with the Stars and has plans to open her own dancing studio.
“We started out on the show,” Herjavec told People. “It’s like we’ve known each other since day one. So in some ways, it’s still exciting, we just got married. But in other ways, I feel like I’ve known her forever.”
4. Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff
The ballroom dancer was first paired with Mario Lopez on the show for Season 3. They dated for two years before splitting up.
“I thought that he was extremely hot and charming,” Karina Smirnoff told People. “We actually tried to fight the attraction as long as we could. But obviously, that didn’t last too long at all.”
5. Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy
The Pretty Little Liars actress competed on the show on Season 19 and danced with Val Chmerkovskiy. They never really came forward about their relationship, but they were spotted together holding hands.
They also kissed during one of their routines on the show.
6. Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas
The Cheetah Girls member was Mark Ballas’ first celebrity partner on the show in Season 5. The partners also tried dating after they were eliminated from the show.
“We’re going out tomorrow,” Sabrina Bryan told TV Guide at the time. “He’s taking me out for a surprise this weekend and he won’t tell me what it is. He’s joking that it’s our first date because we’ve always hung out, millions of times, millions of dinners. But this is different.” The romance didn’t last very long.
7. Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough
The pair danced together on Season 6 and got so close that they went on to have a relationship for over a year. They eventually announced their breakup on Twitter, but they’re still friends.
“We just had dinner together and caught up,” the American Pie actress told Access Hollywood. “We’re friends.”
8. James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
The Season 18 duo not only danced, but went on a date. They boldly admitted to doing so on the show, but it didn’t turn into a relationship. However, they were asked if they were dating multiple times afterward.
“We’ll be asked the same question rephrased 17 times,” James Maslow told People. “And yet they expect different answers. On occasion, like in that package [they showed tonight], they’ll get [answers they want] because we’re just bored and we want to go.”
9. Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough
The dancer was paired with the country singer in Season 8. That turned into a relationship that even reached engagement rumors.
“Last Christmas, Jules and I stayed home, here in Nashville,” the singer told People in 2009. “We just relaxed because we had been so busy. Anytime we get to come home, and just chill out with family and friends, watch a movie and go to dinner, it’s great.” His mother approved of her, but the relationship didn’t work out.
10. Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas
The duo not only competed, but won Season 8. They reportedly dated, but it ended badly. That would explain why the two weren’t paired again for the all-star season of the show.
11. Willa Ford and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
The professional dancer revealed his secret relationship on the podcast, Allegedly, during a game of f**k, marry, kill.
“I did not have any relations with any of my partners… well, one!” He said, before continuing, “Willa Ford, we dated for a little while — I’m gonna stick that in the f**k category.”
12. Sasha Evans and Tony Dovolani
This one falls in a gray area because it was never confirmed. The country star was paired with the dancer in Season 3.
Eventually, Sasha Evans’ husband responded to her petition for divorce by claiming she had an affair with Tony Dovolani, according to TMZ. She ended up quitting the show afterward.
13. Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd
The Pretty Litle Liars actor also reportedly got cozy with the professional dancer on the show. Us Weekly reported that the two were seen making out while at an event.
The two danced together in Season 17 and didn’t win or continue their relationship.
14. Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
After having their separate hookups with celebrities on the show, the professional dancers eventually fell for each other. They got married in 2017 and have a son together.
Now, they’re back to competing against each other on the show.
15. Emma Slater and Sasha Farber
The professional dancers dated for years before eventually getting engaged on the show. The big moment happened after the couple danced to “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.
Sasha Farber dropped down on one knee and popped the question — and she said yes.
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