Maria Lopez and Karina Smirnoff had instant chemistry when they were paired up during the third season of the show. "It felt like the world came to an end for a second," Smirnoff said after the breakup.
(There was also the matter of that ,000 ring he gave her.) And now she tells Lifeline Live that, yes, "We had a little bit of a fling."They dated?"We didn't ."She says, ultimately, "He was never really available to me.I 've had that pattern of dating unavailable men in my life and it was hard to resist, obviously, but it was still something I knew from other relationships."Burke says she doesn't have a boyfriend."It's been a little over a year and I've taken this time for me and taken the time to really get to know who I am. For now, it's best that I work on me and focus on my career. It's helping me and I feel like I'm helping people."She admits, "I did think about it for awhile. But this is my story."And she's ready to return for the new season of , although she won't know her celebrity partner until after they're all announced on Feb. "I have no idea" who will be on, she says, and adds, "We have no say" about who she'll be paired with, which is why "every season has been a different experience" -- from Tom De Lay to Wayne Newton to Gilles Marini to Emmitt Smith.I'm ready to date, but I'm always traveling."The "healing" she's talking about stems from being molested as a five-year-old by a family handyman, which she reveals in the book. She doesn't foresee leaving the show anytime soon, as pros Julianne and Derek Hough have.
From being beaten with a belt by abusive boyfriends. If anything, she says, she'd like to "maybe do another dance show on television or have a talk show, be a spokesperson for young women.
And from being hurt by media scrutiny over her weight.
Two-time “Dancing with the Stars” champ Cheryl Burke has created a lot of buzz, on and off the dance floor.
There have been rumors in the past that she’s had romantic flings with her celebrity dance partners.
From Drew Lachey to Wayne Newton and Chad Ochocinco to Rick Fox!
Find out what Cheryl has to say about these alleged relationships and what she did with the ,000 ring Chad Ochocinco gave her.