Dancing‘s Cheryl Burke and Model Boyfriend Split

01/26/2010 at 12:00 AM EST

Dancing‘s Cheryl Burke and Model Boyfriend Split
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Dancing With the Stars pro dancer Cheryl Burke and her boyfriend, model Maxwell Zagorski, have split, Burke's rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.

A source close to the couple says Burke, 25, and Zagorski, 22, struggled with living on opposite coasts.

“The distance was so hard on the relationship. She lives in L.A. and he lives in New York," the source says. "After a while it was just really hard for them to get together."

Burke and Zagorski, who has appeared in ad campaigns for Levi’s and Abercrombie & Fitch, were introduced by former DWTS contestant Lance Bass last winter.

Burke, a two-time champion on DWTS, is expected to return for the show’s tenth season, which premieres March 22. --Monica RizzoIsaac Brekken/WireImage

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