Jennifer Lopez might have a new boyfriend already: Maksim Chmerkovsky?!


Since I rarely pay attention to anything having to do with Dancing with the Stars, I had always considered Maksim Chmerkovsky as something like a D-lister with a good body who dated way above his pay grade. Like, he supposed dated Kate Upton and he’s been attached to most of the women he’s been partnered with on DTWS. But a few weeks ago, I saw an interview with him on… I want to say ABC Nightly News? And he came across pretty well, like a humble immigrant living the American Dream. Now, all that being said… NO NO NO. People Mag reports that Maks might have a new girlfriend… JENNIFER LOPEZ.

Does Jennifer Lopez have a new man in her life? The recently single singer has been busy promoting her latest studio album A.K.A. (out June 17), but she’s found a little time for Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, sources tell PEOPLE. Lopez, 44, met the dancing hunk, 34, through her best friend Leah Remini and her DWTS partner Tony Dovolani, but the two have been taking it slow due to work commitments.

“He danced with her at the [American Music Awards last November] and they kept in touch,” a friend of the singer’s tells PEOPLE.

Says another source who knows both Lopez and Chmerkovskiy: “They are friends and have been talking.”

Indeed, Lopez – and Remini – were on hand for Maksim’s brother Val Chmerkovskiy’s 28th birthday in Los Angeles in late March. Celebrating along the 70 other guests, including Candace Cameron Bure, the singer “drank wine and snacked on pizza” before leaving the festivities at The Redbury Hotel after 1 a.m. So will the duo be out and about as a full-fledged couple any time soon? “I think they could. Who knows what will happen?” muses the Lopez pal.

The “First Love” singer’s split from Casper Smart was announced earlier this week and the choreographer seems to be moving on as well. Smart was spotted out and about with friends at the Maxim Hot 100′s Patron-sponsored bash in Los Angeles Tuesday night.

“He was flirting with girls and having the best time,” says a partygoer.

Reps for both Lopez and Chmerkovskiy declined to comment.

[From People]

These rumors are also at Media Takeout, Page Six and Life & Style. Gossip Cop has an unnamed source who claims that Maks and J.Lo are “just friends” though. Eh. Page Six’s source says that when they danced together at the AMAs, “They were definitely attracted to each other, but nothing happened between them.” For the love of God. I believe it.

The thing is, I didn’t expect Jennifer to stay single for long. She hates to be alone. Always. She never gives herself a rest. She never has some “Me Time.” So, I was expecting her to find a new boyfriend quickly. But chica needs to STAHP with the backup dancers. Enough, J.Lo.


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  1. Ag says:

    OF COURSE she has someone else lined up already. of course. lol

  2. Skins says:

    Isn’t he some kind of rage monster with his women?

  3. Jessica says:

    She really needs “me” time you would think at her age she would realize that and after all these failed relationships.. even though Casper lasted WAY longer then he should! lol That being said JLO started as a dancer herself so maybe that’s why she can relate to these guys?

    • Frida_K says:

      Well, if one goes by the theory that emotional development with some of these people stops when they hit it big, this kind of makes sense. Maybe she really is stuck on some emotional level in the land of back-up dancers. Maybe there’s something about back-up dancers that hits a particular nerve with her and makes her feel human and real on her own terms.

      She doesn’t need a new back-up dancer. She needs therapy.

    • Kimmy says:

      At least this guy is a slight upgrade, right?! Although, a douchey one. At least he has a job….

  4. Greata says:

    Maksim Chmerkovskiy is capable of loving only Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Run Jlo!

  5. The Wizz says:

    JLo always has a jump off!

  6. heidi says:

    Good gawd, please not this

  7. Helvetica says:

    Well she does seem to have a think for dancers.

    But really, J. Lo. Stay single for a second. Or date someone more A-list.

  8. OhDear says:

    As a perpetual 4EVA Alone-type, I’m always amazed (not in a bad way) by people who always manage to never be single for long. Mind you, in JLo’s case it may not be entirely healthy, plus she’s gorgeous as all hell, but dang.

    Maksim Chmerkovskiy just seems all sorts of not-good, though.

  9. BunnyBabe says:

    Jenny from the block? More like Jenny loves that…

  10. maria says:

    Did anyone expect anything else?

  11. HappyMom says:

    He’s an arrogant jerk but also pretty hot-he’s who she should have dated after Marc Anthony instead of creepy Casper.

  12. paola says:

    What happened to David Gandy??
    I already had a sequel to their video together. It was all in my head: 3D Hollywood Technicolor.
    they’re so hot together.

  13. Hannah says:

    I kinda like this pairing. They could be good together, he seems very head-strong. There’s potential for entertaining drama here. And he’s a hell of a lot hotter than the Slum Bear.

  14. db says:

    If you’ve had a long string of failed marriages and romantic attachments, it’s probably time to “look within,” no?

  15. eliza says:

    I may get hell for this but………I really have a problem with women OR men who cannot be without a person in their lives for one minute.

    How needy and insecure do you have to be to always require another person in your life on the daily to validate your existence?

    For Heaven’s sake, it is not wrong to have some “Me” time AND time alone with yourself and children. Good grief. I do not understand desperation on this level.

  16. KattyK says:

    Maybe she’s been trying to pitch a new reality show: “Dating the Dancers”.

    And….is he carrying chapstick along with his phone and keys? I mean, I love a good chapstick, but I can get through my grocery shopping without it. I guess he needs to be kiss-ready in case he passes any mirrors or reflective surfaces.

  17. feebee says:

    Good one! The headline alone made me laugh out loud.

    I could totally believe they’d have a fling. On second thoughts I’d believe JLo would go for this longer term because while lots of us though Casper would be/should have been a fling they were coupled up for quite a while.

    Though to be fair she’s not hitting one of HER back up dancers. Yeah, he’s a dancer but he’s enough removed. She definitely needs to stop with her dancers/employees.

    Otherwise I say go for it. I reckon they’d be the type of couple that would be totally in tune, then fight hard and make up harder.

  18. kikistar says:

    Tis bull!
    I’m a big DWTS fan, & fan of Maks in a dayum-he’s-such-a-sleaze-but-so-hot kinda way & follow his possible hookups for sport. DWTS-world is all caught up in wanting to believe the showmance between Maks & Meryl Davis is real (haha, *as if*!). Anyway, there’s been no contact between Maks & JLo in recent weeks. So that’s a fantasy. He’s in India right now judging their DWTS. However, he still does seem to want to get back w Kate Upton- he posted an instagram pic of them together last week which he quickly deleted due to uproar from Maksyl shippers. Yes, Kate is w that baseball player but not sure how solid they are right now.

    • bella says:

      this is interesting.
      but just because they are not physically together…maks in india, jlo in brazil…
      there are iphones, and skype, and email…
      but…IDK…this is in People, so we know that their people planted this info with their blessing.
      perhaps it’s an arranged announcement to help jlo save face after the child she was dating stepped out on her? with other men???
      i LOVE jlo…and maksim…
      and i think they’d be hot together.
      do you have a screen shot of the pic of her maksim posted last week?
      i’ve read that he dumped her…HARD…
      in his typical fashion…
      so i’m interested that he is pining to have her back.

      • kikistar says:

        Sorry, no link to Maks-Kate pic, but it’s definitely out there bc I didn’t catch it in real time either.
        I did have to lol at the Meryl-Maks shippers who went on suicide watch when he posted it. Apparently it was explained by his camp that they (Maks & Kate) saw each other while at different tables at a NYC restaurant & decided to take a pic bc they are such good friends now. Take that how you will!

        As for the Maks-JLo story being on People, yes it does have a strong air of PR, from JLo’s side anyway. But don’t believe much that People has to say these days- they used to be very reliable, but no more. They’ve been so incredibly wrong on several hookups & breakups lately that they’re now just as bad as the true trash mags.

  19. Rusty machine says:

    I’m confused. Over the weekend the media continued to push the Maks-Meryl Davis love story. Is that gone now? I can’t keep up!

  20. Size Does Matter says:

    Nothing surprising here. I just wish there were a better pic of the contents of his grocery cart. I’m always curious what these people eat.

  21. SpookySpooks says:

    Apart from Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, did any Idol winners make it big?

  22. B says:

    Hmmm, I’m more impressed that Bristol Farms has $2.50 watermelons in that 2nd pic.

  23. Sarah says:

    At least he is a big step up from Casper. I don’t think he’s going to be going to any male peep shows. He won’t be faithful, but then neither will she. And he’s taller than her. As JLo goes, she could do much worse.

  24. K-rock says:

    She needs to come up for air and give herself a break for once. She never gives herself time to recover from the previous relationships. She’s going to have to deal with it at one point rather than hopping right in to the next guy. Its gonna catch up with her one day.

    And am I the only one who thinks she may have been dating him (Maksim) before the break up with Casper the friendly douche? And only used the texting scandal as an “out”? Just a theory. I base this on no evidence, just a hunch.

  25. LeahMommy says:

    Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy won’t this woman live up to her potential??? She is so predictable, you can alway count on her to date wayyyyyy down. Sigh.

  26. jonB says:

    she should get back together with mark

  27. Rusty Machine says:

    For the love of all that is good and holy, please stop posing with your mouth open like it’s sexy!

  28. Adrien says:

    I only watched last season because of Meryl Davis otherwise I’m not too fond of that show.

  29. Kiddo says:

    Does anyone else think all this Casper and romance stuff is a way to jump start her lackluster career?

  30. Dani says:

    She needs to take a break and spend some time with her KIDS. Not another man.

  31. Lucia says:

    She already denied it on her Twitter

    Jennifer Lopez ✔ @JLo
    @MySimple_Life No I’m not. (dating anyone new already.)

  32. Dragonlady sakura says:

    Holy crap, JLo! That was fast. You don’t even let the side of your bed get cold, do you?

  33. pnichols says:

    Why does she always make that face when they take her picture? she looks confused. so annoying.

  34. Sighs says:

    I know this is wrong and I’m quite sure he’s a douchetastic idiot, but GGAAAWWWWD he is so HOT. Get it girl. If I had been with Mark Anthony I would be hitting everything hot on the planet to get the skeletor taste out of my tw*t.

  35. serena says:

    God, why doesn’t she find someone her age??? Enough with backup dancers AND toy boys. Grow up Jennifer.

  36. G says:

    She always has a Plan B on stand by. She sure has a type though. SUSPECT.

  37. Nama says:

    Maks is kind of getting a bad rap here. I met Maks and he was a genuinely nice guy, he ran non stop for days meeting people and was kind and charming throughout, he was apologetic for things that weren’t even his fault and was just a cool dude. Also he has his own (pretty impressive) fan base and career he owns a dance studio, has a jewlery and alcohol line, judges dance competions, choreographs Vegas shows, and does an insane amount of charity work in addition to being a pro on DWTS. He is most definitely not a backup dancer. And I admit he can be blunt at times and comes off a little douchy, but he is also pretty self deprecating. Most of his former partners adore him. I feel like people are making snap judgements because he danced with her ONCE. His life exists in the dance world and he seems to be happy there, he doesn’t come off as a social climber. He works hard and hangs with his close friends or family. Honestly I think he’s too good to become one of JLos boy toys because all that will come if it is a bunch of people unfairly judging him because he’s not as famous. He works too hard for that crap.

  38. dd says:

    Yawn, what? That’s a good price on watermelon.

  39. Izzy says:

    She needs to stop already with the stupid poses. She just looks like she’s stoned and stupid.

  40. Shiksa Goddess says:

    Ugh. She really needs some alone time to hang out with her kids and Leah Remini or whoever she hangs out with.

  41. Joh says:

    Word is that she is “dating” her body guard. This guy is a red herring.

  42. Ice Queen says:

    Good God! She’s the female version of George Clooney! And even Clooney has come to his senses. J.Lo on the other hand has not.

    • Jayna says:

      No way. She marries everyone she dates or tries to. If this guy hadn’t shamed her with his transvestite love he would probably have become the next Mrs. Jenny From the Block. George was just a player, never the committing type. Jennifer is more like D-lister Lorenzo Lamas, on his fifth marriage, and probably engaged more than that. Always madly in love, marries, and then moves on to the next one and marries, never alone. So for 34 doing good, but this is a nowhere relationship. He’s too self-involved.

      Maks is too high maintenance for her, and he’s not going to be following her all around. He’s got his life and career, and he’s a prima donna. You can’t have two prima donna’s in a relationship wanting it all about them. Plus, Maks is very successful, so not like George’s typical women or Jenny’s typical dancers. Beyond DWTS, he has four dance studios and other dancing relating businesses and other things in production. He’s choreographed shows in Vegas.

      • Tolva says:

        JLOs biggest love was BEN Affleck and he was hugely high maintenance and HE dumped her. I don’t think she minds high maintenance if she falls hard..that said I doubt she and Maks would make it, he probably wouldn’t deal with her nonsense ..and I like JLO, but she really needs to get a grip with the swinging door marriages, boyfriends,hot relationships-drama. She’s going towards 50, time to figure out who she is and stop just running through guy after guy.. She’s such a gorgeous, smart lady business wise.
        Also doesn’t Maks have a mother who gives her quiet nod to any of his girlfriends :)

  43. Liz says:

    This cheesy guy seems to have a publicist who always has him linked to some woman (usually famous). I think of him as a hired boyfriend. He’s not cute at all.

  44. Emily C. says:

    Well, he looks pretty hot. Who cares what he does for a living, since it’s a totally legitimate career? Maybe she’s figured out how to casually date. Or maybe not. Either way, not a big deal.

  45. Amulla says:

    Didn’t she use donor eggs to conceive her fraternal twins? Or maybe I have her confused with someone else……you know all those Hollywood actresses are amazingly open about needing donor egg and IVF.