Though they remained mum about their relationship, they were spotted vacationing in Mexico together shortly after coming in second on the hit reality dance competition.
The following May, Lopez, 34, and the Ukrainian-born Smirnoff moved in together.
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Her breakup in June from actor Mario Lopez, with whom she was paired in 2006 on the third season of the show, left her wishing she could “just crawl into bed, eat ice cream …You come to that realization that this is not what you want out of love and out of life, and this is not who you want to be with.” Asked for a comment, Lopez says simply, “Karina is a phenomenal and talented woman.And I have the utmost respect for her.” Now Smirnoff, the five-time U. National Champion in Latin Ballroom Dance, is keeping busy until the next season of DWTS by focusing on a workout DVD and lifestyle book while creating a dance-related charity to help at-risk youth.and not come out for weeks.” Though it was only ever tacitly admitted, Smirnoff and Lopez had a two-year relationship, which ignited the moment they met.“I thought that he was extremely hot and charming,” she says.