Chad Johnson Had a Super Awkward Date with ‘DWTS’ Alum Karina Smirnoff (VIDEO)
Actually, this week’s (July 30) episode pretty much proved it.
This all might be a bit confusing seeing as, in real time, JoJo Fletcher’s former contestant has been in an on-again-off-again relationship with model Zoe Baron.
But rewind six months before that, and the Bachelor Nation bad boy was wooing Karina during filming of the E! reality series.
Though he’s 10 years her junior, the 29-year-old fitness buff actually seemed to fall hard for the former dancer.
He admitted before the premiere, “Me and Karina made a little connection on the show. You’ll have to watch to see exactly where that goes.”
In last night’s ep, he hoped to grow that connection by taking her to dinner.
“Karina and I have had our ups and downs but when we’re on the same page and when things are working, we’re good,” Chad told the cameras.
Unfortunately, he kept encountering hurdles — like the restaurant catching on fire!
“I just hope that’s not an indication of how Karina and Chad’s relationship is going to go,” co-star Dorothy Wang mused, while Ronnie Magro-Ortiz added, “I think it’s just a sign that they’re not supposed to go out.”
Still, he was able to arrange an impromptu outdoor dinner which started out strongly, but quickly turned into majorly awkward territory.
“Why do you sometimes do what I ask you not to do?” Karina asked the real estate agent seemingly out of the blue.
“I don't want to see a girl hurt like my mom was hurt when my dad left her. I'm always like, what happens if I got to know you and I was like, ‘I don't like you,’” he replied.
It took a moment, but the brunette beauty soon realized that meant the Oklahoma native thought it was more likely he’d reject her.
“Wow, what you just said is quite self-absorbed,” Karina shot back, adding, “I think we speak sometimes different languages … I think you don't know how to listen, unfortunately.”
That sudden tension took Chad aback, as he admitted in his confessional.
“Me and Karina are talking. We're trying to connect, trying to get to know each other better, but it's like she's super closed off,” he complained.
“I feel like you planned what you’re doing right now. Whatever’s happening, it’s like you flipped a switch,” he prompted her.
She then reasoned, “I want us to communicate better. I feel like I ask you to do certain things and you do exactly the opposite.”
“You're not at the point yet where I'm going to listen to you,” he snapped back. Yikes!
He then backtracked, adding that they’re now at that point, but that before, all she did was “shut me down and avoid me.”
“I don’t just meet a girl and immediately [say] like, ‘What do you want me to do?’ What if I did that to every girl?” he explained.
This isn’t looking so promising. Plus, later in the ep they got into a fight at the “pajama party” after he invited random Instagram girls along.
Is this the end of Karina and Chad?
Famously Single airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET on E!