Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images; Noam Galai/Getty Images Photo: Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kate Upton

A lot of Hollywood relationships just fall apart because of distance. Celeb X has to work in New York while Celeb Y is filming in L.A., etc. That was pretty much what happened with new Dancing With the Stars pro cham Maksim Chmerkovskiy and supermodel Kate Upton. They dated for about six months last year but broke up because of busy schedules. As a source told Page Six, “They never saw each other.”

But now that Maks, 34, is relaxing after DWTS Season 18 and Kate is … doing whatever she does between modeling and acting gigs, they seem to be spending more time together. Are they back on, or just enjoying each other’s company as friends?

The couple were spotted at TAO New York on June 1, when Cody Pruitt tweeted, "Ending my night @TaoNY with my fam @MaksimC and @KateUpton... Best way to end my week possible!!! #family." Maks also posted, then deleted, a cozy photo with Kate. It was captured before deletion and a fan shared it with @DWTSGossip, and it was subsequently picked up and posted by Page Six as well:


So a lot of fans were left wondering if Maks and Kate were back together or what.

Their split was announced in December 2013; at the time, an insider told Us Weekly, “They are really good friends still and speak all the time, but their schedules just made it too difficult and it fell apart."

However, in January, Us Weekly said Kate, 21, was back with her ex-boyfriend, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, 30. They met while shooting an ad back in 2012 and broke up at some point before she starting seeing Maks. It sounds like Kate may still be dating Justin — he posted a pic with her on Instagram on May 17 (and didn't delete it) — so this new pic with Maks was probably just two friends hanging out.

Why did Maks delete the photo, if it was just two friends? Maybe in an attempt to avoid the showmance minefield created with Meryl Davis during DWTS Season 18. Meryl tried to make it clear that she and Maks were not dating, but he did say what he had with Meryl was very real. A lot of fans want to keep the M&M dream alive. And maybe Maks also didn't want to create extra trouble for Kate, if she is in fact still dating Justin.

Anyway, drama just naturally follows Maks around, like a lot of us would if we could. We’re always curious about what he’s up to — he is Sex on a Stick after all — but his personal life is his own to share or keep private. If he’s back together with Kate, good for him. If they are just friends, good for some other ladies out there. You may still have a shot!

Sources: Twitter, Twitter, Page Six