It may not be the point of the competition, but each season of Dancing With The Stars tends to bring the possibility of romance along with it. Fans will eagerly search for a hint of chemistry brewing between the professional dancers and their celebrity partners (like recently married couple, Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson). But, sometimes love blooms between two pros. So, are Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson still dating? It looks like things might actually be getting super serious between this pair.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Chmerkovskiy spoke to The Insider in August about his relationship with Johnson. When asked whether he caught "the wedding bug" after attending his older brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd's ceremony (both are also DWTS alums), Val said that he "gained a different perspective on, you know, what love is and what happiness is." He then added, "I'm in a great place and I'm in love, and I'm very grateful for that." Considering he was at the event with Johnson, it's safe to say that he was referring to their relationship, which is still going very strong at the moment if his gushing about her to the media in August is any indication.
According to Entertainment Tonight, the couple actually only recently made their relationship Instagram official when they both posted photos on their pages that showed off their romantic European getaway together. Now that Chmerkovskiy has openly shared that he is in love with Johnson, it might only be a matter of time before fans see another DWTS couple tie the knot. It seems like DWTS may actually begin to give the Bachelor franchise a run for its money when it comes to producing romantic pairings.
It was back in Season 22 in February 2016 when E! News first reported that Johnson and Chmerkovskiy could possibly be dating. The pair were spotted out for lunch together and seemed to be getting a bit cozy during the outing. At the time, an anonymous source denied this claim, saying, "The pros are in rehearsal now. He's a pro, she's in the troupe. In their free time, people sometimes hang out. They had a friendly lunch. That's all ... He's single. He doesn't have a girlfriend ... There's no special woman in Val's life other than his mom." Around the same time, People reported that Chmerkovskiy and Johnson's lunch was full of PDA, including face caressing and hair stroking. But, even if that was all platonic then, they're definitely more than just friends now.
Since their relationship has become more official, Chmerkovskiy has been declaring his affections for Johnson all over his Instagram. Aug. 26, Chmerkovskiy posted a photo of himself kissing Johnson's hand and overlaid it with text saying,
"J is for joy, that feeling I get everyday that I wake up next to you. I'm jealous of the minutes that I am with you, every minute that i'm not. I love you Jenna Johnson. E is for eternal, let's try and make it so. Enticed, I lust for you at all times, and there's no time that I'd think is better, than time I spend with you. Even for a few, I'd fly across the world to stand by you. N is for New York City...N Utah :) A. Well, that's adoration. You have my body, mind, my heart and soul's attention and as I've mentioned, million times and will do so for all time. I love you Jenna Johnson, my queen."
Obviously, Chmerkovskiy is feeling the love and is ready to shout it from the rooptops. Johnson, while a little more subtle, has also shared photos of the two of them on her Instagram and has made it clear with captions that they are an item. (The caption for the photo below is "day off with my [honey].")
So, another pair of DWTS stars has taken their chemistry off the dance floor and made it work in the real world. Chmerkovskiy and Johnson look like they are truly, happily in love. And, fans can watch their relationship evolve on screen on Mondays when DWTS airs on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.