While Maks Chmerkovskiy and Kate Upton have dodged dating rumors since they were first linked in June 2013, they had no trouble showing off some adorable PDA on September 26.

In new photos, they are seen strolling through New York City’s West Village neighborhood hand-in-hand, and some even show Kate resting on Maks’s shoulder.


They’re not only all smiles, but visibly laughing in a few photos. The former Dancing With the Stars pro is notoriously funny, so no surprise there. Kate looks like she just left the gym, wearing cropped black leggings and a cute track jacket, whereas Maks was wearing a pink button-down and black skinny jeans and looking slightly more dressed up. He’s carrying a similarly-colored jacket, too, though we doubt they were matching on purpose.

This doesn’t confirm that they’re dating, as friends could hold hands and giggle on a stroll through the city, but it definitely hints that they’re willing to be public with whatever type of relationship they have. Last we heard, Kate was saying they are “just friends” at the Style Awards, but they may just be trying to keep things private.

However, Maks was also spotted with his arm around DWTS troupe member Nicole Volynets out to lunch on September 17, so who knows.

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Alyse Whitney is Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.