Are they or aren't they? Dancing with the Stars season 18 champs Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis continued their victory lap in NYC on Thursday night, May 22, where the pro dancer, 34, and Olympic ice dancer, 27, celebrated in NYC with dinner and dancing downtown at TAO with about ten other pals.
Further fueling chatter of a possible romance, "Maks and Meryl were super touchy feely," one source tells Us Weekly. "Before dinner they were in a corner talking really close. He kept kissing her on the forehead and was doting on her, the source adds. "He had his arm around her waist and shoulders a ton."
After dinner, the group moved on next door to TAO Lounge, and Chmerkovskiy headed back to Los Angeles on Friday. Although much has been made of the pair's adorable chemistry, a source close to Chmerkovskiy insists it's still just platonic. "They had a great time [in NYC] but honestly they aren't dating yet," the Maks source says. "Maks is that affectionate with all women. He always acts like that, it's how he is, very touchy feely. He genuinely adores her but it is not dating yet."
Chmerkovskiy's ex-fiancee and fellow DWTS pro Karina Smirnoff bolsters the same theory.
It's "great acting," she explained to Us earlier this week. "When you're on the dance floor...you want to create that story, you want to create something where people believe that what you demonstrated was real . . And [Maks and Meryl] were able to do that."
The pair were asked flat-out about the dating rumors on The Wendy Williams Show earlier in the day on Thursday. "We're not dating, no," Davis said. "We like to keep the personal lives personal."
Chmerkovskiy's most recent known girlfriend was none other than supermodel Kate Upton. The Russian-born hunk and the Other Woman star, 21, split last December after about six months of dating.