'Japanese Game Show' contestant: I secretly dated Mario Lopez
By Christopher Rocchio, 06/16/2008
Once the cat was out of the bag on Megan Cooper and Mario Lopez' secret romance, it apparently brought an abrupt end to their relationship.
"We're not friends anymore. He's really pissed. He's like, 'You're not supposed to talk to [press],'" Cooper -- one of 10 contestants on ABC's upcoming I Survived a Japanese Game Show reality series -- told E! News in a Saturday report.
"But when you make me look like a total whore, I'm going to tell somebody about it."
The 22-year-old Hooters girl from San Antonio, TX alleges she and Lopez had a romantic relationship away from the public eye for almost a year. The problem was that -- at the same time -- he was publicly dating his Dancing with the Starsthird-season professional partner Karina Smirnoff.
"He told me he lived alone," Cooper told E! News. "But I opened up [his] closet and saw a row of women's shoes and said, 'Either you are a cross-dresser or a woman is living here.' Mario said Karina just left her stuff there and was moving it out. He kept telling me that he and Karina were broken up."
Cooper said she and Lopez continued to see each other up until March. However Lopez and Smirnoff only ended their two-year relationship earlier this month -- with a rep for the Dancing with the Stars professional telling People "the relationship wasn't heading in the right direction."
"He has a lot of great qualities, but he was not the most faithful person in the world," Cooper told E! News about Lopez. "He's a really great guy, don't get me wrong. He's a really nice person."
A Lopez rep declined comment on Cooper's allegations, according to E! News.
Cooper will compete on I Survived a Japanese Game Show -- a new reality series that will follow the contestants as they travel to Japan to compete in various challenges for the chance to claim a $250,000 -- when it premieres Tuesday, June 24 at 9PM ET/PT on ABC.