Karina Smirnoff Denies Breaking Up With Mario Lopez

04/29/2008 at 12:00 AM EDT

Karina Smirnoff Denies Breaking Up With Mario Lopez
Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff denies she has split from Mario Lopez.

"We're going on strong," she told PEOPLE on Tuesday. "As much as I love and appreciate the attention, this isn't true."

She adds: "For the record, I am not moving out. Everything is great."

In her production trailer was a bouquet of roses. "These roses are from (Lopez) and they certainly are not a farewell gift," she says.



The pair, who met during Dancing's third season, never publicly acknowledged their relationship -- until now -- despite the fact that they were living together in Lopez's Los Angeles home.

A source had said Smirnoff was moving out of Lopez's digs. Smirnoff also was spotted recently with E! Entertainment personality Michael Yo. The two were seen dancing at a recent event at Hollywood eatery Beso.

"Michael and I have known each for a long time, and there's nothing romantic whatsoever," Smirnoff says. "He's a great guy and I really respect him, but we're just friends." -- Reagan Alexander

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