On the heels of his separation from fiancee Karina Smirnoff, Maksim Chmerkovskiy admits that things aren't easy for him. Approached by E! News outside 3rd Street Dance Studio in West Hollywood on Tuesday afternoon, September 8, the dancer stated, "It's a little rough right now."
Asked about his broken engagement with Karina, Maksim offered no comment at all. He also kept his lips tightly sealed when questioned about his and Karina's plans to dance at the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20.
Earlier Tuesday, reports emerged that Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff have called off their engagement despite the fact that they had been planning a June 2010 wedding. A representative for Karina confirmed in a statement, "I am confirming that they did indeed break up."
Maksim and Karina began dating in the summer of 2008 and announced their engagement on December 31 the same year. Both of them are professional dancers who have participated in "Dancing with the Stars".