Summer has begun, and dating rumors are running rampant! Kate Upton is reportedly dating Dancing with the Stars hunk Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Upton is a hot commodity right now, from being a body-image icon and landing her first big role in The Other Woman alongside Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz, so it's no surprise that any sightings of her with a single man leads to dating speculation. Maks is one of the most popular dancers on the hit dancing competition, and was once engaged to fellow dancing star, Karina Smirnoff. In 2011 he starred in the Ukrainian version of The Bachelor, so maybe Maks is ready for love!
The Sports Illustrated model and the dancing star were seen dining at Scalinatella on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Some reports said the two were holding hands and seemed very close. Sources told US Magazine that "[t]hey were very canoodly," and "[i]t was a very intimate meal." E! News received a conflicting report that they "are just good friends." Management at the restaurant refused to actually confirm that the two dining were Upton and Chemkovskiy, but they did state that Upton and her dinner partner did "not look intimate at all."
Kate just turned 21, so there's a chance she and Maks are just close friends and that they were out celebrating her birthday. This wouldn't be the first time the blonde bombshell has been forced to dispel rumors that she was in a relationship; she recently denied that she was seeing Major League Baseball pitcher Justin Verlander.
Based on her current career trajectory, it doesn't seem like Kate Upton has much time for a man.
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