As it turns out, the tabloid rumors surrounding Emily Maynard are not just limited to her “Bachelorette” winner Jef Holm; we’re also seeing them about some other people from her season. So what’s the latest example of this? That the runner-up this past season in Arie Luyendyk Jr. is diving back into a relationship with “Dancing with the Stars” pro Karina Smirnoff, a woman who has quite a history of dating (and even being engaged to) athletic men including the likes of fellow pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy and also baseball star Brad Penny. This rumor started courtesy of the two parties spending some time together at an after party for the ABC ballroom competition last week.
First things first, let’s start with some clarity on this story. Did Arie attend “Dancing with the Stars” last week? Yes, as he showed up with his pal from “The Bachelorette” in Jef, and he even delighted fans when he photo bombed the cameras during Justin Bieber’s performance of “As Long As You Love Me.” Did the two probably meet? Sure; Arie is pals with Helio Castroneves from the racing world, so he has easy connections to the show’s pro dancers.
However, this is really where the story ends. As a rep for Smirnoff tells Gossip Cop, there is really no truth to this rumor at all. The only thing that we can verify? That these two were at least within a hundred feet of each other; that’s it. Plus, we already know that Arie is looking to keep his focus on racing at the moment to begin with; after all, that’s what he said in a statement explaining why he was not going to be “The Bachelor” this coming season much to the disappointment of women everywhere.
What do you think about this rumor? If you want to see the latest sweet message from Jef to Emily, be sure to read the story over here.