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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff may have looked completely in sync while twirling around the Emmy stage last night, but things aren't always as they seem.
An insider told E! Online that the couple, who broke off their engagement earlier this month, were battling with each other before – and after – their thrilling performance.
"They were going at it, screaming at each other," the spy told E!. "He said she was taking too long in hair and makeup. It got kind of loud."
When they got to the press room, reporters were not allowed to ask the Dancing With the Stars pair anything about their relationship.
But the always chivalrous Maksim said he gave it his all -- for Karina, despite their split. "Dancing at the Emmys was such an amazing spotlight," Maksim told People magazine. "I just wanted to make sure to give it to her even if it's the last thing I do. So I wanted to do the best job I could, but it was hard."
Newly solo Dancing diva Karina, meanwhile, reveled in the Emmy spotlight -- but didn't bother mentioning her ex at all. "It was nerve-racking, especially when we heard the announcer say, 'From Dancing With the Stars,'" Karina said. "My heart jumped out a couple of times, but then I was like, 'Enjoy this because how often do you get to perform at the Emmys.' And then it just felt like it went very fast," she continued. "I wanted to do it a couple of more times to really get into it."
Notice how Maksim's name never crossed her lips.
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