A professional ballroom dancer and actress, Katrina Smirnoff, is acknowledged as the winner of the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars alongside TV actor J.R. Martinez (2011). She also had competed in two seasons before taking the title of the dancing show home.
Katrina had started practicing ballet dancing when she was just five years old and was introduced to ballroom dancing at the age of nine. Since-then she has grasped great feats in the industry with her hard work and dedication.
Along with dancing, she also has a separate fan-base in Hollywood. She is known for her portrayal in Hannah Montana(2007), Across Grace Alley(2013), 48 Hours to Live(2016), and Swing State(2017).
Karina was born on 2 January 1978 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Her family moved from Ukraine to the USA when she was 12 years old.
For her high schooling, she enrolled at Bronx High School of Science, New York, and studied there. Later, she graduated from Fordham University in New York City with a double degree in-system programming and economic.
After graduating from her university, Karina pursued her career in the ballroom dancing in England.
Dancing With The Stars (DWTS)
Karina first made a debut in the dancing show in 2006. She had also reached the finals in the third season of the dancing reality show with her ex-boyfriend Mario Lopez. But they couldn't win the show.
Karina continued her participation in the fourth season of the show in 2007. She finished fifth with Billy Ray Cyrus. Later, the dancing star finally conquered the show in its 13th season in 2011.
Engaged, Married, Husband
Karina has gotten engaged for thrice, but none of her affairs turned into a married relationship.
Initially, she was engaged to Ukrainian dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy in Las Vegas on 5 January 2009. They had met for the first time in the dancing competition DWTS. But, the pair later separated from each other in September 2009.
Afterward, Karina got engaged to MLB player Brad Penny on 8 November 2010. They met one another via their mutual friend Chuck Liddell, a UFC fighter. However, her relationship didn't last much longer; they broke off their engagement in December 2011.
Despite the two failed engagement, Karina's hope to find a better partner didn't fade out. In search of her dreams man, she started dating entrepreneur Jason Adelman from 2014. They also got engaged in January 2015. But, eventually, they broke off by March 2015.
Who Is She Dating Now?
Apart from her engaged relationship, Karina has also dated a handful of guys. She dated Ukrainian dancer Slavik Kryklyvyy from 2000 to 2005. Karina later dated Mario Lopez for two years from 2006 until they split in 2008. She met Mario on the set of Dancing With The Stars.
Furthermore, Karina was linked with Jason Adelman, TV personality Chad Johnson (November 2016-February 2017), Arie Luyendyk Jr. (in 2012), and Canadian actor Pablo Schreiber (early 2014).
After her split with Chad, Karina was supposedly hanging out with her ex-boyfriend Slavik Kryklyvyy since January 2018. She has even featured Slavik on her Instagram post. But, the duo has yet to officially confirm whether they are just friends or started seeing each other again after their split in 2005.
Pregnant; Baby Daddy?
Karina Smirnoff broke off the news of her pregnancy to fans on Wednesday, 18 December 2019. Exclusively talking to the PEOPLE magazine, she opened up about how she always wanted to be a mom; she is excited, overwhelmed, and over the moon for welcoming her baby in this world.
Karina Smirnoff announcing her pregnancy (December 2019)(Source: Karina's Instagram)
Karina shared the happy news about her being pregnant via Instagram and confirmed that she would be blessed with a baby in 2020.
Nevertheless, the identity of the baby daddy is not disclosed at the moment.
From her professional career as a dancer and actor, Karina is estimated to have accumulated the net worth of about $6 million.
Some Facts About Karina:
- Karina was featured in an issue of Playboy Magazine in May 2011.
- Her family owns a liquor store in Staten Island, New York.
- She has also taken gymnastics, figure skating, ballroom dancing, aerobic and piano lessons.
- Karina stands at the height of 1.63meters (5 feet 4 inches) and weighs approximately around 55kg.