ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars is known for being a breeding ground for relationships and hook-ups. Whether it’s between two pro dancers or a dancer and their partner, the long hours and intimate setting of the show fosters a lot of lovin’. One of the best and most beloved couples to come from the show is Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The two DWTS champs are the picture perfect couple — they are absolutely adorable together. The New Zealand born, Australian raised dancer began dating her Ukrainian-born fiancee back in 2012 and since then their relationship has been a little on-and-off. But lately, their relationship is definitely ON! Ever since they got engaged in front of all their friends on stage last December, these two have been busy planning their wedding and are currently awaiting the arrival of their first child, a little baby boy! Just because we love them so much, here’s a look at 9 things you might not have known about Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd’s relationship:
9. What She First Thought of Him
The two dancers met when they were both cast in the Broadway production Burn the Floor back in 2009. Nowadays, Peta Murgatroyd is head over heels for Maks Chmerkovskiy, but she admits that her first impression of him wasn’t the best. She thought he was extremely arrogant! He defends himself by explaining that his attitude is just a defense mechanism. “No, I walked in the way I walk in and…it’s just a lot of presence.” He also teases her that she was actually in love with him at “first sight and just doesn’t want to admit it” which she kind of owns up to. She said she always had an attraction to Maksim, but she never acted on it because he was previously engaged to fellow pro Karina Smirnoff and she was dating fellow dancer, Damien Whitewood. The arrogance thing isn’t too hard to believe because, before he settled down with Peta, he definitely generated a “bad boy image” for himself, but Peta insists that’s just a facade and he’s actually an extremely gentle person.