September 12, 2009 09:00 AM by Britteny Elrick
Less than a week after announcing his split from fiance Karina Smirnoff, Maksim Chmerkovskiy says he is moving on.Â The Dancing With The StarsÂ coupleÂ got engaged last New Year’s Eve and had planned their wedding for summer of 2010.Â Keep reading to find out what Maks had to say about their recent split…
“It’s life,” Maks told Entertainment Tonight of his breakup. “You do your thing and then you move on.”Â As far as how he’s dealing with the split, Maks said he is throwing himself into his job.
“Thank God for this season because all my attention goes to Debi [Mazar].Â This is probably the most serious I’ve ever taken a season. In light of everything that’s happened, this is what I want to focus all my attention on.”Â
Ex-fiance, Karina Smirnoff, isn’t surprised by the attention their relationship has received, but she still wishes they could handle it privately. “It comes with the territory, being on the show that has become amazingly successful. Everything is in the public eye, but again, it is a private matter. It is a private relationship, and it should totally stay private.”
Dancing With The StarsÂ kicks off Monday, September 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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