Val Chmerkovskiy Kelly Monaco Maksim ChmerkovskiyAhhhhhh! They're killing me! Dancing With the Stars pro Val Chmerkovskiy was spotted with Kelly Monaco at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood after his April 1st DWTS performance -- and now I'm totally confused and even more desparate to know what is going on with these two.

Seriously, are they or aren't they? I can't stand it anymore. And it seems like their story takes new twists and turns every day, to the point where I'm wondering if I should just shut up and quit speculating about their relationship status once and for all. (Yeah. That'll never happen.)

Ok, so in Val's recent interview with Ricki Lake, he indicated that he's single and ready to mingle, and he gave the impression that whatever went on between him and Kelly during their season of DWTS was not going on anymore. And as sad as that realization was to hear, most of us were prepared to accept it, because as long as they're happy, we're happy. (Not really, but just go with it.)

But then this photo of Kelly and Val and his brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy pops up -- leading me to believe there is most definitely more here than meets the eye. Yes, I know it's possible that they're just really great friends who enjoy going out on the town together, but come on. How many other former DWTS couples do you know who hang out regularly after their seasons are over?

Maybe it's a common thing, but off the top of my head, I can't recall any pairs whose relationship extends past the ballroom.

I've had a theory for a while now that Val and Kelly really are a couple, but they don't want anyone to know they're a couple -- so they continue to try and throw us off and make us believe otherwise. And after seeing this photo of them, I'm pretty convinced that's the case.

See how Kelly is leaning closer to Maks than she is to Val? Yeah, that's probably just another tactic used to baffle and confuse us. We all know what's really going on behind closed doors. Or at least we hope what we think is going on is actually happening. (OMG. It HAS to be.)

Does this photo of Kelly and Val make you think they are truly a couple?

 

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