After more than a year after getting engaged, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ dancer Karina Smirnoff and baseball pitcher Brad Penny have ended their relationship, according to a close source.
The source told E! that, “They’re just different people.”
Originally, Smirnoff stated she was postponing their January wedding in order to focus on Dancing With the Stars.Â Last February, she was quick to point out this engagement with Penny was different than the one she has with fellow dancer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Her explanation for the difference, “now she had a man who supports me and loves me unconditionally”.
Smirnoff and Penny had been introduced to each other by former DWTS contestant Chuck Lidell. They had been together since October of last year.
This past season on DWTS Karina won the competition with partner, American soldier turned actor, JR. Martinez. Though Penny was present last season to support his fiancÃ©’, he was not present for the recent one.
In dancing Karina Smirnoff is also a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. Smirnoff has won the title at the UK Open, is a three-time winner at the US Open, two-time champion at the Asian Open, five-time champion at the Dutch Open, and five-time US National Professional Champion.
Smirnoff has taken second at the British Open Blackpool Dance Festival and she is the first woman to also ever make the “British Professional Final” with three different partners.