Dancing With The Stars couples are going strong. But sadly there will not be a new duo joining Maks Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd, Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson off the dance floor. A report claimed Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev are now dating. But his rep says they're just friends!
"All of these reports are false. Mischa and Artem are not dating," the rep told E! News. "The experience of Dancing with the Stars has a tendency to really bond partners and pros. They have remained friends since the show."
ETOnline reported earlier that Mischa and Artem had dinner together at The Little Door on Wednesday night. They then headed to Chateau Marmont, where Mischa introduced Artem to her friends. And a source called the outing an "official date," saying the stars are "transitioning into more than friends."
"They've been in touch after the show and care about each other but this is the first proper date," the source added. "He is the reason she's looking happier recently. She has become giddy when talking about him and quite smitten with him. He's pursued her for a while, and she's coming around."
The Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev dating rumors came as a surprise to those who saw them on DWTS. There was plenty of tension between the partners, especially when Mischa quickly grew tired of rehearsals. "I think we're the only couple in the competition who had first tough two weeks and then you're kind of gasping for the air of the change," Artem told E! after the pair's Week 3 elimination.
But by her last week on DWTS Season 22, Mischa was gushing about Artem. She noted how he tried to calm her down when her pre-performance package upset her.
"The video package started to play and it focused on all the negative moments from our week," Mischa wrote about Week 2 of Dancing With The Stars Season 22. "They don't let us see those videos beforehand and I was just sitting there watching it for the first time and it was demoralizing. Artem saw how it was affecting me and immediately ran over to try and protect me. He just kept telling me, 'Don't look. Don't look. Don't look. Just concentrate on me and smile and have a good time."'
Of course, Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev would just be the latest Dancing With The Stars couple. Robert Herjavec is currently engaged to his former partner, Kym Johnson. And pros Peta Murgatroyd and Maks Chmerkovskiy are also planning their wedding.
There have been plenty of other rumored Dancing With The Stars couples recently, from Alek Skarlatos and Emma Slater to Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson. But there is no evidence those reports are true. In fact, sources told E! News that Val and Jenna are "not dating."
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