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