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‘Dancing With the Stars’: Aaron Carter Makes Shocking New Claim That He ‘Stole’ Karina Smirnoff From Her Fiancé Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff were partners on "Dancing With the Stars" over a decade ago. The "I Want Candy" recently revealed he is the reason that Smirnoff ended her engagement to Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff were partners on Dancing With the Stars in 2009. There were rumors about them hooking up while working together on the show, which they both denied. Smirnoff was engaged to fellow DWTS dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Recently, Carter made the shocking claim that he and Smirnoff were romantic during his time on the competition series and that he “stole” Smirnoff from Chmerkovskiy. 

Karina Smirnoff and Aaron Carter on stage performing for "Dancing With the Stars."
Karina Smirnoff and Aaron Carter | Adam Larkey/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

Aaron Carter was on season 9 of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ with Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff was Aaron Carter’s dancing partner when he competed on season 9 of the competition show. Other celebrity competitors from the season included Macy Gray, Kathy Ireland, Tom DeLay, Melissa Joan Hart, Joanna Krupa, Kelly Osbourne, Donny Osmond, and more. 

Carter and Smirnoff were eliminated in week 9 of the competition, earning 5th place. Although they both had the flu during rehearsals that week, they still performed. 

Smirnoff was engaged to Maksim Chmerkovskiy at the time, who competed as Debi Mazar’s partner in the same season. He broke off their engagement while the season was filming, and there was speculation that it was due to how much time Smirnoff was spending with Carter.

“I feel completely betrayed. I’m done,” Chmerkovskiy told People after his breakup with Smirnoff. “I don’t want to get into the specifics. Let’s just leave it at I’m done.”

Karina Smirnoff and Aaron Carter pose together at an event.
Karina Smirnoff and Aaron Carter | Brian To/FilmMagic

Aaron Carter recently made the shocking claim that he ‘stole’ Karina Smirnoff from Maksim Chmerkovskiy

On Nov. 18, 2021, Carter did an interview with Steve-O for Steve-O’s Wild Ride! podcast. The two celebrities exchanged stories about their experiences on DWTS, as Steve-O had appeared on the show just before Carter in season 8.

The “I Want Candy” singer claimed that he “stole” Smirnoff from her then-fiancé, Chmerkovskiy. When Steve-O asked if Carter “hooked up with her,” Carter replied, “Yeah.” He also said their hook-up led to the couple calling off their engagement. 

Carter said that Smirnoff became spiteful during filming because he didn’t want to date her. “Then Karina and I just didn’t click, and we were about to win, and then she got mad at me because I basically didn’t want to be with her with her.” 

He claimed that Smirnoff was angry and no longer wanted to do the show with him. The singer said Smirnoff was “stomping [his] feet on purpose during live performances with those heels, and she would knee [him] in the balls real quick.”

Karina Smirnoff and Aaron Carter smile and hold milkshakes.
Karina Smirnoff and Aaron Carter | Angela Weiss/Getty Images

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The dancing partners denied rumors about their relationship while filming ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Carter’s revelations are surprising since he and Smirnoff both denied the rumors that they had any sort of relationship other than professional while working on DWTS.

“It is completely false,” Carter told Us Weekly of the rumors in Oct. 2009. “We are two people who like to be out and about, and if it were true, you would have seen us out together already! And we would have been caught. There is nothing going on.”

Smirnoff quipped, “We are doing the time without doing the crime!”