Are Dancing With the Stars professionals Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd dating again? DWTS fans have been buzzing about this possibility for a bit now, and it is definitely looking that way. While many of the show’s fans would still like to see Maksim and Meryl Davis together, or Peta and James Maslow dating, it seems that Maks and Peta may be more than friends with one another after all.
As DWTS fans know, Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy started dating in the spring of 2012. They initially played coy about their relationship, but over the summer and fall they were spotted together frequently and were even relatively open about their romance.
Reports broke in February 2013 that the Dancing With the Stars pros had split, with Maks supposedly being the one who tired of the relationship. Though there did appear to be hurt feelings or a rift between the two for some time after the split, Peta and Maks did reconnect at least on a professional or friendly level over the past months.
Peta has worked with Maks, his brother Val Chmerkovskiy, and many of the other DWTS pros on the Sway show, and some think this is when Maksim and Peta started to reconnect romantically. Though Maks’ former dance partner Meryl has done some work with the Sway crew too, and Chmerkovskiy shared a picture in mid-December that had their fans swooning, it certainly seems that this relationship remains a friendly and professional, rather than romantic, one.
Murgatroyd has been posting quite a few pictures on Instagram that show she and Maks have been together a lot and not just in dance mode. They spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day together, as well as Chmerkovskiy’s birthday. Now, the Daily Mail shares photos of Maksim and Peta out-and-about together arm-in-arm Tuesday in New York.
The first go-around of this romance drew strong opinions from DWTS fans, and it’s already looking as if that will be the case this time, too. Some even go so far as to theorize that the Peta and Maks photos were done as a set-up to cover up his real relationship with Meryl, while others think that Maks and Peta really may be meant for one another and are wise to give romance another try.
Season 20 of Dancing With the Stars debuts in March and soon fans will start getting some spoilers and tidbits regarding the cast. Derek Hough is out for this season, though Val Chmerkovskiy anticipates that he will be back. Peta will likely be back, most would imagine though Maks has previously indicated that he feels that he’s done participating as a pro.
Will Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd’s romance last this time, if that indeed is what’s going on? There are definitely DWTS fans rooting for them and hopeful that things go well this time.
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