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It hasn't been easy for Dancing with the Stars' exes Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff who, despite their broken engagement, have had to spend a ton of time together lately. The twosome co-starred in Broadway's Burn the Floor, danced together at the Emmys, and have had to compete against each other since the new season of DWTS began.
Perhaps a blessing in disguise, Maksim was eliminated for DWTS on Tuesday, after he and partner Debi Mazar got the boot, and the professional dancer says he's relieved to be able to finally get some time away from Karina.
"I feel completely betrayed," Maks told People.com of his relationship with Karina. But he wouldn't give anymore insight into the breakup, saying only, "I'm done. I don't want to get into the specifics. Let's just leave it at I'm done."
Well, he might not be talking, but set side sources says that Karina has been spending a lot of time with her partner Aaron Carter – and that they might just be working on a mambo of another kind.
Aaron recently told the press that he has a crush on DWTS pro Chelsie Hightower – but insiders say that was just a ploy to shift the focus from the heat building between he and Karina.
"That's so funny. Everyone [at the show] knows that's not true. That's Karina trying to manipulate things to take attention off her and Aaron," a source says. They also said that Maks "had hoped [he and Karina] could work things out."
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