Elisabetta Canalis ‘Felt Used’ After George Clooney Breakup, Says Her ‘DWTS’ Pro Partner (EXCLUSIVE)

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When Elisabetta Canalis signed up for Dancing With the Stars last season, she hoped to finally stand out from her famous ex, George Clooney — but her pal admits she ultimately “felt used” by the network. With constant references to The Descendants actor, the Italian model-turned-actress felt betrayed and confided in her DWTS pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, behind the scenes.

“Clooney was brought up a lot during the show, so she talked about that with me. It hurt her feelings because she felt used. She was like, ‘Do you want me or do you want me because you get to plug his name on the show?'”, Val (brother to another DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy) told Celebuzz at the Dr. Scholl’s “Get Up & Go” event in NYC.

Was Clooney to blame for their early elimination on the show?

The pair were cut second, finishing in 11th place, with the dancing pro now admitting Canalis did seem to have a lot on her mind.

“We spoke very briefly about Clooney. I knew it was a sore topic … and the Clooney references weren’t making her happy,” the DWTS pro, 26, said. “I’m not the type of person to gossip about anything. Unless she brought it up, I wouldn’t have asked.”

Clooney, 51, and Canalis, 33, split in June 22, 2011 after two years together. At the time, the duo released a joint statement, saying: “It’s very difficult and very personal and we hope everyone can respect our privacy.” A few months later, the heartbroken model/actress was cast on DWTS.

The Italian bombshell was romantically linked to former True Blood Mehcad Brooks this past year, and most recently Jackass star Steve-O after they were spotted kissing in Hollywood, Calif. in February, but they have since split.

Clooney began dating Stacy Keibler a few months after the split.

Although Canalis has maintained a low profile, Clooney has just finished a whirlwind awards season and will be hosting a fundraising dinner for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign — which is expected to gross $15 million — at his Studio City, Calif. home tonight, May 10.