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Dancing With The Stars

Maks Tweets That He and Cheryl Are “Just Friends” (With Benefits?)

How do we get on Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s list of “friends”?

The rumor mill is churning after Dancing With the Stars pro dancers Maks and Cheryl Burke were spotted getting cozy — and perhaps even kissing — last weekend in Las Vegas. Previous rumors said they’ve been hooking up off and on for a couple of years.

But Maks, for one, is tired of hearing about it, tweeting his own rumor block:

@MaksimC: “Dear people! Enough with the rumors! Elvis is really dead, Loch Ness monster is a myth and Cheryl & I are just friends!”

He linked to an E! News story that quoted his own rep, insisting there was no kissing going on in Sin City, the woman in the “kissing” photo wasn’t Cheryl, and it wasn’t a kiss. "He was merely whispering in a fan's ear in a loud nightclub," Maks’ rep said. (Sure, sure...)

A source tells E! that Maks and Cheryl have been known to kiss in the past after having a few drinks, but everyone insists that they are not dating. Call us total hicks from the sticks, but we don’t get that close to our “friends.” Although, if we had friends like Maks, maybe we would.

Is this all a PR cleanup because Maks is still the Ukrainian Bachelor? Otherwise, why bother going to such lengths to deny a little kiss?

Sources: Twitter, E! News