Summer lovin' had him a blast. Nearly a month after Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis took home the Mirrorball trophy on Dancing With the Stars' season 18 finale, people are still buzzing about the duo's insane chemistry. Asked about their special bond in a recent interview with Social Life magazine, the veteran DWTS pro compared his relationships with Davis and other past partners to summer romances.
"Do you know what a showmance is? It is like being at a summer camp when you're a teenager," Chmerkovskiy, 34, explained. "You spend summertime away from your home. When you spend three months very closely with someone at a particular place, it is like a summer love. You have no choice but to get involved with that person."
"I am very close with a few of my past partners because they have played a huge role in a big part of my life," the Ukrainian-born choreographer, who has also been paired with Erin Andrews, Mel B., and Kirstie Alley, continued. "Three months is a long time, and if I am going to give someone that much of my time, I am going to develop a relationship with that person."
His relationship with Davis is particularly dear to him. Speaking about whether he'll return to DWTS for another season, he told Social Life he had to work it out, since he knows he'll never get another partner at her level. "I want Meryl to be the last person I dance with," he said, "the last person I got to be passionate with and care so much for."
He's looking for a partner off the dance floor, too—someone with whom he can start a family. "I raised so many children at the studio that I am ready to create one of my own," said the single star, whose exes include Karina Smirnoff and Kate Upton. "I am really ready to have a family now. I need an outlet. I have so much I want to give, and I need someone to give it to."
For the full interview with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, pick up the new issue of Social Life magazine.