Dancing With the Stars fans who love a good showmance just got something big to buzz about, it seems. Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy have had some passionate dances this season on DWTS and many were hoping it would transition to something off-screen as well. Until now, Parrish had a boyfriend. However, it appears she is now single.
As Season 19 of Dancing With the Stars began, Janel Parrish was in a relationship with fellow actor Payson Lewis. The two had been dating for more than a year but an Instagram photo and post from Lewis certainly seems to indicate that he and Janel Parrish split recently.
The post included a photo of Janel and Payson together in happier times. Lewis wrote,
“All good things must come to an end. Thank you for the happiest year and a half of my life. I will always love you @janelparrish and I wish you nothing but the best. Forever #teamjanel”
So far, Parrish hasn’t said anything about the split on her social media pages. However, Janel and Val just did a segment with Access Hollywood where they were quizzed about dating and romance and the two denied there was anything going on. However, most DWTS fans would say they weren’t exactly vehement about it.
Dancing With the Stars showmances pop up frequently and this isn’t Val’s first go-around with these types of rumors. Similar buzz popped up during the season he was paired with Kelly Monaco. Kelly had a boyfriend that season too, but many still speculated and there was wishful thinking during Val’s season with Zendaya as well. Of course, more recently, Val’s brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his partner Meryl Davis had fans hoping for romance too.
What caused Parrish’s split with Lewis? Of course nobody knows for certain but the timing of it, considering all of the showmance buzz with Chmerkovskiy, certainly gets tongues wagging. DWTS fans who suspected there was something going on before are surely going to wonder all the more now.
Janel and Val are still going strong in terms of dancing this season and many are expecting they will last for quite some time in season 19. Will Janel Parrish’s split with Payson Lewis pave the way for her to start dating Val Chmerkovskiy? All eyes will be on this couple now both on and off the dance floor as Dancing With the Stars fans wonder and speculate.
[Image via Payson Lewis’ Instagram]