Karina Shrugs Off Mario Romance Rumors


Mar. 28 2008, Published 7:56 a.m. ET

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Today the internet was abuzz with rumors that DWTS dancer, and Mario Lopez paramour, Karina Smirnoff was getting romantic with her new partner, the singer coincidentally named Mario.

The New York Post's Page Six gossip column first reported that the two were spied smooching at a Mercedes-Benz Oscar viewing party at the Four Seasons hotel in L.A. in February. But Karina now wants to set the record straight.

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"We have a completely professional relationship," She tells OK!. "I have a lot of respect for Mario, he is a great person, but there is nothing there, just a VERY professional relationship, that is all."

So it seems the only Mario, romantically at least, in Karina's life is Mr. Lopez, the Extra correspondent and former Saved By the Bell star. Got it?


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