Meaghan Cooper: The Girl Behind the Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff Split

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Former bartender, Hooters calendar girl, aspiring rock star and reality television star, Meaghan Cooper, is being blamed for the break up of Mario Lopez and his "Dancing with the Stars" partner Karina Smirnoff.

Pictures of Cooper and Lopez partying together surfaced last June and also appeared on Meaghan's Myspace page, which she says she removed at Mario's request.

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Cooper says she has been dating Lopez for the past 11 months, and claimed last year in an interview with The Enquirer that he told her his relationship with Smirnoff was over.
"He said he broke up with her. If he’s still seeing her, he said it’s because he’s just trying to keep things ‘cordial’ between them because of the dancing show. I wouldn’t be parading around with him if he was still with Karina."

Also in the interview, Cooper said she was hoping to attend the wedding of Eva Longoria and Tony Parker with Lopez:
"He’s been friends with Eva for 20 years, and I’m friends with Tony. So if he asks me to go to the wedding, I would," however she insists she doesn't think Mario is one to settle down - with her or any other woman, explaining, "I would never get serious with him because he has a history of not being real faithful."

The 22-year-old native Texan from San Antonio is a contestant on the upcoming ABC reality show "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," which recently wrapped in Tokyo.
"After I returned from filming he started acting really weird," she said. "Right now we aren't talking, and I won't return his calls."

A rep for Smirnoff said that this is obviously a difficult time for her but she is focusing on some very exciting opportunities in her professional life and dealing with the situation as best she can.

More photos of Meaghan Cooper below.

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