Couple Alert! Every ‘DWTS’ Pro and Celeb Who Found Lasting Love on the Show


    Learning to dance or learning to love? For many, those things are one in the same. Since its 2004 debut, Dancing With the Stars has awarded many mirrorball trophies — and has led to engagements, babies and lasting love.

    For the pros, it’s not surprising that they find love with their colleagues after spending multiple hours a day together while filming, rehearsing and hitting the road together on the Dancing With the Stars tour. Although it’s more rare, sometimes a celebrity falls for their pro partner.

    In 2017, former WWE wrestler Nikki Bella was partnered with Artem Chigvintsev. The duo formed a quick friendship, as she was engaged to John Cena at the time. Six months after her run on Dancing With the Stars ended, she and Cena split and called off their wedding.

    In January 2019, Us Weekly broke the news that the Total Bellas star was dating her former partner. Three months later, she confirmed the romance. “He lets me be me,” she told Us in October 2019. “The attention of what he gives me with my soul, with my personal life, my business life. Like, I have never met anyone who’s so supportive and I have no fear that he’s ever going to leave me for my imperfections, which is so amazing.”

    From there, the bond only grew: they later got engaged and welcomed their first son together!

    Bella and Chigvintsev aren’t the only pro-celeb couple to find lasting love. In 2015, pro dancer Kym Johnson was partnered up with Shark Tank‘s Robert Herjavec. The duo had initial sparks and later confirmed they were dating.

    “From the moment I met [Kym], we got along great. This is a very scary experience for me, and it’s great to have somebody like Kym to go through it with,” he shared with Us at the time.

    Those sparks turned into full-on flames as they went on to get married — and have twins! — after the show ended.

    Scroll through the gallery below for more Dancing With the Stars couples who have made their romance last.

    Artem Chigvintsev and Nikki Bella

    Two years after being partnered together during season 25 in 2017, Us Weekly confirmed that Bella and Chigvintsev were dating. In January 2020, the couple announced they were engaged. Seven months later, they welcomed their first son, Matteo.

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    Kym Johnson and Robert Kerjavec

    Former DWTS pro Johnson was partnered with the businessman for season 20 of the show in 2015. In February 2016, the pair announced their engagement. Johnson and Herjavec tied the knot in July 2016 and welcomed twins, Hudson and Haven, in April 2018.

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    Emma Slater and Sasha Farber

    The pro dancers dated from 2011 to 2014 before briefly splitting up. They announced they were back together in 2015 and in October 2016, he proposed during an episode of Dancing With the Stars. The couple married in March 2018.

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    Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd

    Despite being known as the “bad boy of the ballroom,” Maksim — the brother of Val — began dating DWTS pro Murgatroyd in 2012. After years of an on-off relationship, he proposed in December 2015. The pair welcomed their first child, son Shai Aleksander, in January 2017. Seven months later, the dancers married.


    Daniella Karagh and Pasha Pashkov

    In 2019, Pashkov and Karagach joined Dancing With the Stars for season 28. However, the pro dancers connected years before that — they were first partnered up in competitive dance together in 2009 when she was 15 and he was 23. In 2014, the couple married.

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    Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson

    Although Chmerkovskiy was part of the Dancing With the Stars family since season 2, he didn’t meet Johnson until she joined season 18 in 2014. After an on-off relationship, the duo announced their engagement in 2018 and tied the knot in April 2019.

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