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Are Dancing With the Stars Season 18 champs Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy more than just friends and dance partners? After a season's worth of steamy ballroom chemistry, it's the question on everyone's mind. So far, Maks and Meryl have played coy about the exact nature of their "incredible connection." Now Maks' little bro, fellow pro Val Chmerkovskiy, weighs in.

"[Maks] loves [Meryl] probably more than I've seen him love another woman," Val dished to Us Weekly."He definitely loves her, and I know she loves him back." But if you think that means they're dating, think again.

Val remained pretty vague about exactly what's going on between Maks and Meryl, but did seem to imply that romance might not be in the cards. "One makeout session in the middle of the dance or to label it that they are a couple — it sounds great, but that's not what it is," he explained.

He went on to refer to Maks and Meryl’s connection as "a King Kong type of relationship," explaining that to Maks, Meryl is "precious, and he's gentle with her because he wants to see her shine and he won't want to hurt her."

The good news is Maks' entire family apparently loves Meryl (why wouldn't they?), so if something else were to develop, they'd embrace her with open arms. And if not — well, they'll still welcome her as a friend!

"It's a friendship they'll keep for a very long time," Val concluded.

Source: Us Weekly