Dancing With The Stars: 13 Real Life Couples
Since it first aired in June 2005, Dancing With the Stars has become one of the most successful reality competition shows on television. Fans love the show for all the work, dedication, and emotion every star puts into learning their dances and working with their pro partners. With so many emotions and so much time together for both the pros and the stars, it isn’t surprising that there have been rumors of hook-ups and break-ups within the cast. Many stars have been linked to their pros, and while rumors fly every season, a few relationships really have come from the show. Check out 13 real-life couples from DWTS.
13. Val Chmerkovskiy and Janel Parrish
Val Chmerkovskiy has had a hard time keeping his emotions out of it when comes to Dancing With the Stars, and in season 19 when he was partnered with Pretty Little Liars actress Janel Parrish, things heated up quickly between the two. Pretty soon the two weren’t hiding their relationship status, and were spotted holding hands and going out on dates, and in his memoir “I’ll Never Change My Name,” Val fully confirmed the romance. “Gradually all the interactions between us took on a highly personal flavor. We entered into a romance,” he wrote. He also revealed that he knew it wasn’t something he wanted, but thought maybe it would help elevate them that season to take home a Mirrorball Trophy, but the opposite happened. “I fell into the trap of letting relationship melodrama get in the way of me sticking to the script, which was to focus on dance. I let the line get blurred. I didn’t separate the personal from the work. The reason I came to look at season 19 as disappointing wasn’t a result of the content or not winning, but what appeared to matter was the romance, not the performances.”
12. Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas
Back in 2009, pro dancer Mark Ballas took home his second Mirrorball Trophy when he and gymnast Shawn Johnson took home the prize for season eight. As it turns out the pair had quite the romance going for the entire season and things were getting pretty serious, but the two continued to deny because of Johnson’s age at the time. Johnson was only 17 when she took home the big win and Ballas was 23. Through their denials there were reports of a “nasty breakup” after the season ended and their relationship is rumored to be the reason they couldn’t be partnered up for the All-Star edition in season 15 where she placed second with Derek Hough.