Sometimes, if you get incredibly lucky, love just walks through your front door. That’s what happened to Carrie Ann Inaba.
The Dancing With the Stars judge has been through some romance ups and downs. She dated new DWTS pro troupe member Artem Chigvintsev for a while, and was engaged to Jesse Sloan, whom she met through eHarmony, before they split in 2012.
Just before DWTS Season 18 started, Carrie Ann posted some photos and gushing tweets about love and her trip to Italy. It looked like she had a relatively new man in her life. Life & Style said her boyfriend was an Italian composer named Tony. Earlier this week, Carrie Ann was on Access Hollywood talking about all things DWTS, and she shared the rom-com-worthy story of how she met her boyfriend.
"I threw a surprise birthday party for a friend of mine and he was the first person who knocked on my door," Carrie Ann explained. She had never met him before. She likes to throw parties where there’s music, so they had musicians, and he’s in the music industry as a composer. Her friend kept telling her, “This guy is coming!” and she said, “I don’t care about the guy, I have to set up the party!”
That changed when she opened up the door. “As soon as he walked in, I was like aaahhh. It was weird. I just felt, like, relaxed.” She asked him to help with the party, since she wasn't ready yet, and he helped her set up. “He’s wonderful. I’m really grateful, ‘cause I gave up [on dating]. I was like, ‘I’m done for a while.’” Then he walked through her front door. “So it just shows, sometimes you let things go and they come right back.” Is he The One? “You never know, but it certainly feels very different than anything I’ve experienced before and I’m really grateful.”
It’s that kind of love with friendship, respect and everything all in one, she told Access. Sigh. How wonderful for her. Just from photos we can tell this Italian composer guy is hot, but if he’s also a respectful guy who helps with parties — and literally just walked into her life through the front door? Sign us up for that luck! Timing is everything in life and it sounds like this might be Carrie Ann’s time. Congrats!
The DWTS Season 18 Finals will air over two nights: Monday, May 19 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. ET and Tuesday, May 20 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET on ABC.
Source: Access Hollywood