Brad Penny And Karina Smirnoff Engaged

By Madhusmita, Gaea News Network
Monday, November 8, 2010

LOS ANGELES ( Ukrainian American professional ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff must be on cloud nine these days. The beautiful dancer is engaged to St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, Brad Penny and she said that she kept the whole affair private because her family is in New York and Brad Penny’s family is in Oklahoma and hence they wanted them to come out and celebrate it together before letting the media know about it. The ballroom dancer showed her 4.5 carat diamond ring when she attended one of the functions. She said that the couple got engaged on October 4 when Brad Penny proposed her in the third week of “Dancing with the Stars”.

Karina Smirnoff was previously engaged to her “Dancing with the Stars” co-star Maksim “Maks” Chmerkovskiy but they ended their relationship in September 2009 after sating for nine months. The couple said that they met through their mutual friend UFC fighter Chuck Liddell and began dating on October 2009. However, Karina Smirnoff did not say anything about her marriage plans but said that Brad Penny is the “sole” reason for her happiness.

While recollecting her experience Karina Smirnoff said that she was dressed as Bride of Frankenstein for her performance with Mike Sorrentino in “Dancing with the Stars”. She said that she was not prepared for it when Brad Penny came and proposed her. Karina Smirnoff said that Brad Penny got down to his knee and opened the box with “the ring”. It seems that Brad Penny wanted to give Karina Smirnoff a surprise as she said that she was in the middle of the show and had no idea as what was “cooking” behind her back.

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