On May 20, 2014, Chmerkovskiy, paired with Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis, won his first Dancing with the Stars title.Following his win with Davis, Maksim announced his retirement from the show.Maksim appeared on the TV Land sitcom "The Exes" in July 2012.Following reports about dating Latina superstar Jennifer Lopez, former 'Dancing with the Stars' pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy is swarmed with dating rumors once again, but this time it's about his ex-fiancée Karina Smirnoff."You know, Meryl and I got [those rumors] a lot coming out of the Olympics, because what you create artistically is something that people want to believe," he told Us, noting Chmerkovskiy's "amazing talent" for choreography."To have every reporter ask if they're in a relationship is just a tribute to what they were able to produce on the dance floor." PHOTOS: Hollywood's platonic pairs" data-reactid="38" judge Bruno Tonioli said in part one of the finale on Monday, May 19, that Chmerkovskiy and Davis' performances throughout the season were like different chapters in the same great love story. " data-reactid="39" judge Bruno Tonioli said in part one of the finale on Monday, May 19, that Chmerkovskiy and Davis' performances throughout the season were like different chapters in the same great love story."In the last few weeks, your dances seem to be developing and linking into a storyline that is almost like watching the dance version of a concept album," he raved from the judges' table after their perfect-scoring freestyle routine.
"And [Maks and Meryl] were able to do that." " data-reactid="35" competitor Charlie White, offered a similar explanation.I don’t think either Peta or Maksim are genuinely into their respective dance partners, but they make for good publicity foils – and it’s a great way to make their each other jealous. Speaking about her ex's chemistry with Olympic ice dancer Davis, 27, both on and off the dance floor, Smirnoff likened it to "when you go to the movies and you see a romantic scene that you believe so much that you kind of believe that they could be a couple in real life." It's "great acting," she explained to Us Weekly at the finale party in Beverly Hills on May 20.Peta and James are dance partners on the current season of , and in fact, Maksim is also linked to his dance partner, Meryl Davis.However, most of the initial reports coming from the DWTS set claimed that Peta was purposefully flaunting her relationship with James to make Maksim jealous, and Maksim retaliated by getting closer to Meryl.