“We were always laughing, joking, having a good time,” Smirnoff says.Love-struck, she shrugged off warnings about her new beau’s somewhat checkered relationship résumé (Lopez’s marriage to model Ali Landry ended after only seven weeks).
But obviously, that didn’t last too long at all.” Indeed, six months after they started dating, Smirnoff, 30, moved into Lopez’s Los Angeles home, with the Ukranian-born beauty firmly believing that she had won the ultimate prize.
hunk allegedly dated his co-star for several years while shooting the hit show together. After tying the knot with actress/model Ali Landry in April 2004, Mario’s marriage crumbled just two weeks later after rumors of infidelity on his part surfaced.
The rumors were confirmed in fellow cast mate Dustin Diamond’s memoir. Let’s fast-forward to 2011, when the then 37-year-old Mario opened up about his infamous cheating episode.
Smirnoff became a target of the rumor mill as well, romantically linked to her new dance partner, R&B singer Mario, as well as E!
correspondent Michael Yo, both of whom Smirnoff insists were merely “good friends.” Finally, with tension between Lopez and Smirnoff building, Smirnoff says she confronted her boyfriend about his reported infidelity over the phone. “It felt like the world came to an end for a second. That was when all the little pieces came together in my head.