Dancing with the Stars fans were shocked when Maksim Chmerkovskiy appeared absent from Monday’s episode and his celeb partner Vanessa Lachey was left to dance with Alan Bersten instead!
Host Erin Andrews explained the absence by saying, “Maks is dealing with a personal issue so Alan is stepping in and dancing with Vanessa tonight,” but sources have learned his absence may have more to do with issues between him and Vanessa!
According to an insider, Maks was fine and simply decided not to appear on the show because he and Vanessa were not getting along. The source explained that both Maks and Vanessa have strong personalities and a lot of arguing has happened behind-the-scenes and during rehearsals causing a “big chemistry issue.” “Their personalities have completely clashed and they really don’t get along off set,” a source revealed and added that the dancing duo “can’t find middle ground.”
It seems Maks and Vanessa will have to work out their issues sooner than later though as a spokesperson from Dancing with the Stars recently shared, “Maks and Vanessa are returning to rehearsals and will be dancing together on next week’s show.”
Despite the drama, Maks seems to have made a public announcement that he and Vanessa are determined to work through their issues. He tweeted on Tuesday, “New week! VEEEEERY excited for @DancingABC new dance studio and new dance with @VanessaLachey ! Can’t wait to be back at the Ballroom!”
Hopefully this pair can work things out enough to win themselves the Mirror Ball trophy at the end of the season!