7 Celebrity Couples Who Met on Dancing With the Stars
Enjoying the new season of Dancing With the Stars? It's fascinating to watch celebrities learn the different styles of dancing week after week. In addition to the bravery they display, their success largely rides on their ability to connect with their assigned partners. Sometimes, the pairing is disastrous, but at other times, the chemistry is so strong that it continues long after the season ends. Let's review some of the biggest love stories to emerge from the ABC show over the years.
Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec
Who could have predicted the love story between Dancing With the Stars professional dancer Kym Johnson and Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec? When the Canadian business mogul was paired up with the Australian ballroom champion during the show's 20th season, the chemistry between the pair was electrifying, and while they didn't take home the Mirrorball, they did win in the most important way; after an elaborate proposal, Kym and Robert were married on July 31.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd
After being romantically linked to Karina Smirnoff and Meryl Davis, Maksim Chmerkovskiy found his happily ever after with fellow Dancing With the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd. The couple have been dating on and off since 2012, but Maksim finally popped the question in December 2015. Peta had been sick as she and her partner, Nyle DiMarco, competed and eventually won the coveted Mirrorball, but there's no cause for concern. It turns out that she and Maksim are expecting their first child!
Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff
Former Saved by the Bell actor Mario Lopez was paired up with Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff back in 2006. Despite earning high scores all season, they narrowly missed victory on the dance floor — but that didn't stop them from dating and moving in together a year later. After Mario admitting to cheating in 2008, he and Karina split, and he married Courtney Mazza in 2012. The couple share two children.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff
Fresh off of her breakup from Mario Lopez, Karina Smirnoff found comfort in the arms of her fellow Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. It seemed to be a match made in heaven, and the two got engaged just a year later. Unfortunately, rather than tying the knot, Smirnoff and Chmerkovskiy parted ways.
Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson and Cheryl Burke
While they didn't officially date, Chad Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, spent a lot of time flirting with his partner, Cheryl Burke, during his stint on Dancing With the Stars. Fans definitely noticed how he showered her with gifts, including a heart-shaped necklace and ring on her birthday.
Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth
Fans really enjoyed the intense chemistry between Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough and actress Shannon Elizabeth during the sixth season of the show. They didn't win, but they seemed to like being partnered up enough that they went on to date for almost a year. Unfortunately, the pair announced their split in 2009 by sending out matching announcements to their Twitter followers.
Mark Ballas and Sabrina Bryan
During the fifth season of Dancing With the Stars, Mark Ballas and Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan brought serious heat to the dance floor. While they seemed to be fan favorites, they left the show following a shocking elimination. After their time on DWTS, the pair continued to be friendly, and Sabrina even appeared in the audience the following season to show support for Mark.