Willa Ford: Me & Maksim Chmerkovskiy Never an Item

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Sorry, fans of Dancing with the Stars, you'll have to settle for Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff as the only couple to emerge from this year's program.

In light of talk that her engagement to hockey player Mike Modano might seem questionable to some, Willa Ford has cleard the air about her relationship with former dancing partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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"Maks and I were definitely close and we still are, but I kept saying that it's going to be a shocker to everybody when they find out (I'm engaged to Mike,)" Ford says. "Every week I told people the truth â€" we were close, we hung out â€" but the show loved to fuel the relationship."

We hope that's not the case for Mario and Karina. They're just too cute together to not actually be in love.

As for Chmerkovskiy:

"We do have chemistry and it was easy for the show to go into that," said Ford, who called Chmerkovskiy to tell him about her engagement personally. "He said, 'you know I'm happy for you. I support you.' So everyone should know that Maks is okay! We'll stay friends and we'll still hang out."

Sounds fishy. Why wouldn't they stay friends? Unless they were involved romantically, no reason to go all Kristin Cavallari and Lauren Conrad on us, is there?

Dancing fans planning to see Ford and Chmerkovskiy on tour later this month will also be disappointed, as both have pulled out of the lineup.

"I decided, prior to the tour rehearsals starting, to pull out of the tour for personal reasons that I wish I could reveal, but I can't," Chmerkovskiy told People magazine. "There are no health issues, my health is fine. But I decided it was not right for me."

Ford then followed suit. And we were left to assume that this couple may have traded more than dance moves for a few months. Ford may owe her fiance a Michael Richards-like apology.

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