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Dance professional Alan Bersten and reality TV star Hannah Brown had chemistry from the very beginning of their Dancing With The Stars partnership. They had so much chemistry, in fact, that fans hoped the two would get together romantically.

Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten | David Livingston/Getty Images
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten | David Livingston/Getty Images

After Brown’s heartbreaking season of The Bachelorette, the former beauty pageant queen’s fans were keeping their fingers crossed that she’d find love on her latest reality show venture.

Alan Bersten and Hannah Brown are just friends

But time and time again, Brown and Bersten have assured Dancing With The Stars viewers that they are strictly friends.

“No, I’m not,” Brown responded on The Ellen DeGeneres Show when guest host Justin Hartley asked if she’s dating Berseten. “I’m not.”

“We’re great friends. He kind of has to be my best friend. So I make him be. He cries about it. But it has been an amazing experience,” she added.

Brown would ask her supporters to keep their focus on her winning the Mirrorball (which she went on to do) rather than her dating life.

“I think our fans should focus on helping get a Mirrorball Trophy and that would just make us both very happy, if they want our happiness,” she told E! News. “We have a great time together, we definitely have created a lasting friendship.”

Alan Bersten on his ‘special partnership’ with Hannah Brown on ‘DWTS’

Bersten recently wrote his last Dancing With The Stars blog for Entertainment Tonight, in which he opened up about his “special partnership” with Brown.

“Hannah and I had a special partnership this season. We were such good friends and loved going to get food after rehearsals and just hanging out! I’m very lucky to have had Hannah as my partner,” he wrote.

Bersten says he’s excited for his friendship with Brown to keep growing after the finale.

“I think Hannah and I are going to be lifelong friends. I’m excited to see what’s in store for our friendship, and hopefully we find a way to keep dancing with each other!” he wrote.

Ultimately, Bersten attributes his and Brown’s DWTS success to their strong partnership. That and their unwavering fan support.  

“Hannah and I are so lucky to have won, and I think it’s because we had such a good relationship with each other and the fans saw that. We had some incredible dances, and we are so lucky we got to share this experience with all the fans! Thank you to everyone who has supported not only me but Hannah as well throughout this incredible journey,” wrote the dancer.

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