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Report: 'Dancing with the Stars' Karina Smirnoff and Mario Lopez split


By Christopher Rocchio, 04/29/2008 

Dancing with the Stars professional Karina Smirnoff has reportedly lost one of the Marios in her life.

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Smirnoff -- who is paired with R&B singer Mario on Dancing with the Stars currently-airing sixth season -- has split from her boyfriend Mario Lopez, People reported Tuesday afternoon.

"It's my policy to not comment on my client's personal life," Lopez' representative Lisa Perkins told People when asked about the split.

While the rep declined to comment, Smirnoff is moving out of Lopez' Los Angeles home, a source told People.

Smirnoff and Lopez were Dancing with the Stars third-season partners and finished second to Emmitt Smith and his professional partner Cheryl Burke. 

While the couple played coy with the media throughout their romantic relationship, they were seen vacationing with one another in Mexico following the third season's November 2006 finale.  She subsequently moved into his aforementioned pad last May. 

Last month, rumors that Smirnoff and her current dancing partner had become romantically involved began surfacing and according to The New York Post, Mario Smirnoff and Mario had been spotted "making out by the valet with their hands all over each other" while attending the Mercedes-Benz Oscar viewing party at Los Angeles' Four Seasons hotel in February.

Smirnoff and Mario both subsequently stated they have a "professional relationship" and Lopez agreed, stating he had no qualms with his girlfriend dancing with the R&B star.

"I think he's doing a great job.  I'm really proud of him," said Lopez earlier this month on American Idol host Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show.  "I've met him and hung out with him a few times.  He's a great guy -- really respectful, really cool.  I'm glad Karina got him as a partner."

Smirnoff was recently spotted with E! Entertainment personality Michael Yo, according to People, which reported the two were seen "dancing and canoodling" at a recent event at Hollywood's Beso eatery.  Lopez is currently starring in A Chorus Line on Broadway.

(Photo credit ABC)


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