10/15/2009 at 05:15 PM EDT
It may take two to tango, but stepping out solo has its benefits, too.
"I love being single," Dancing With the Stars
pro Karina Smirnoff, who recently split with costar Maksim Chmerkovskiy, told Hollyscoop.com
at the Fox Reality Really Awards on Tuesday night.
Chmerkovskiy, 29, has reportedly been despondent
since he called off their engagement, and it certainly hasn't helped matters that rumors abound of a romantic relationship
between Smirnoff, 31, and her current dancing partner Aaron Carter.
Smirnoff brushed off such talk Tuesday night. "Sometimes I read it and wish I was living that life," she said. "I've learned to deal with it and now I'm just glad they care."
She then added of the Carter rumors: "It's just a rumor. We're just friends and professionals who dance and have a good time."