Every attractive Dancing With the Stars duo seems to inspire dating rumors, but for Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovksiy, it's been particularly intense.
From the moment they were paired together, their chemistry was electric, and the duo rode it all the way to the Season 18 Mirror Ball title last month.
Is that chemistry anything more than professional, though? Chmerkovskiy sort of explained this and revealed the key to their relationship this week ...
Asked about his bond with Davis, he said, "About our romance?" Smiling, he said, "No, we're good. We're great. She's an amazing person."
Pressed for more, the 34-year-old explained that "[The rumors are] always circulating around us dancers. It's fine. That's the nature of what we do."
"We're always in close proximity to each other. In order to produce what Meryl and I produced, there had to have been so much chemistry, and we had it."
"That's what leads people who are not used to that to speculate, which is great. I love that," Maks says, and that's not all he loves: "I love her. I love her!"
"I love her as a person and for what she has allowed me to do with our choreography and how much she embraced it... I literally had a perfect partnership with Meryl."
"Everything just came together. She's a brilliant person, and she's also very normal. I enjoyed my time with her. It was sad when the season was over."
"I'll meet her for dinner and everything is great."
So, well, that clears up next to nothing.
Equally unclear? Chmerkovskiy's status with ex Kate Upton, with whom he posted and then deleted a photo of himself with over the weekend.