‘DWTS’ Bad Boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy: I Haven’t Spoken to Ex-Fiancée Karina Smirnoff in Years

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After a tumultuous season on Dancing with the Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy is still making waves after his departure.

He and celebrity partner Hope Solo were ousted this week, prompting the dance pro to say J.R. Martinez should win — even though he won’t be congratulating J.R.’s partner Karina Smirnoff

According to Maks, the two haven’t spoken since they broke up in 2009.

The two were engaged to be married, but broke things off. Although they continue to work together, they apparently don’t talk. 

“I will never speak to that person again,” he told the New York Post when asked about Karina. “And I never have. It has been years now. But I am not bitter.”

He added that it’s “not easy” to work on DWTS together, “But I just go about my business and do my thing. It is very hard.”

Still, he praised Karina’s partner, saying, “If J.R. doesn’t win, there is something fundamentally wrong with America,” adding that J.R. “deserves it … It is his right to walk into ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and walk away with the trophy. But on top of all of that, he is a great dancer.”