Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Vanessa Lachey End the Feud Rumors With a Dance
Updated Oct. 10, 2017, 8:15 a.m. PT: OK, so maybe Vanessa Lachey and her Dancing with the Stars partner Maks Chmerkovskiy weren't actually feuding when he skipped their performance together due to "personal issues."
They took to the stage again together this week to perform a rumba that was inspired by their children, who were born just a few weeks apart. An emotional Lachey explained about how difficult it was to convey all the emotion they had into the dance, but that they were able to do it together because of their partnership.
"We know what the week is, and that is what dance is," she told Entertainment Tonight. "It is literally speaking emotion through movement, and I was worried I wasn't going to be able to do it. But I know I got this guy literally standing there, and he’s got my back… I just looked over and grabbed on and was like, ‘We got this.’"
That's a pretty sweet sentiment for the pair, so if there ever were a feud, we're getting the feeling they were able to work through it.
Updated, Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m. PT: Maybe they aren't feuding? Maksim Chmerkovskiy took to Twitter to explain his absence from Monday's episode of Dancing With the Stars, and his promise to be back with his partner, Vanessa Lachey, next week seems to point away from the rumors that they were having serious chemistry problems.
"As you are all aware, I had to leave the show last week to take care of some personal issues. I take full responsibility for my absence," Chmerkovskiy wrote. "And want to apologize to my partner Vanessa. We are both looking forward to dancing for our fans next week!"
Meanwhile, Lachey also took to social media to say she can't wait to be back to work with Chmerkovskiy.
"I can’t WAIT to get started tomorrow with @maksimc on week 4!" she wrote on Instagram. "We’re cookin' up something special for you!"
So are they actually feuding? If so, they're trying really hard to keep it under wraps.
It wouldn't be Dancing with the Stars without some drama, and it looks like we might already be getting some in Week 3. Viewers most likely noticed that Maksim Chmerkovskiy didn't dance on Monday night, and sources are saying the reason is his partner, Vanessa Lachey.
"Maks is dealing with a personal issue so Alan [Bersten] is stepping in and dancing with Vanessa tonight," host Erin Andrews told the crowd and viewers, not offering any more details about this alleged "personal issue" that kept former Mirrorball champ Chmerkovskiy from the stage.
Luckily, a source dished all those missing details to People magazine. "There’s a big chemistry issue," the insider claimed. "They both have big personalities and that’s not always the best recipe for a good partnership."
The source added that Lachey and Chmerkovskiy "have been fighting a lot" even though Lachey has publicly called Chmerkovskiy the "best coach." And honestly? We can see it.
It wouldn't be the first time Chmerkovskiy had a major personal issue with his dance partner. After Season 13, he told reporters of his then-partner Hope Solo, "That’s literally the only person that I could dislike from my past, present or future." Those are some pretty harsh words, so it sounds like as much as we love Chmerkovskiy, he does have a strong personality under all that charm.
Then again, this is just a rumor, and People wasn't able to reach reps for either Chmerkovskiy or Lachey for a comment. Until this is confirmed, we're just going to continue under the assumption that we'll see these two partners back together on next week's episode.