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Karina Smirnoff Smitten by Southern Gentleman

12. November 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

Karina Smirnoff and Brad Perry

Karina Smirnoff of “Dancing with the Stars” fame has been known to date men she shares the dance floor with. She reveled in a two year romance with her third season dancing partner Mario Lopez before a nine month love fest with fellow Ukrainian dance pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. However, since October 2009, she’s been calling St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Brad Perry her beau and the 32-year-olds recently announced their engagement.

 

Born in Blackwell, Oklahoma, Perry met Smirnoff through their mutual friend, UFC fighter Chuck Liddell. What started as a fun friendship quickly turned into a romantic relationship. “She saw how sweet and unselfish he was around her, she knew she had found something different,” said a friend of Smirnoff’s. “He treats her like a lady.”

 

Perry popped the question by surprising her at a restaurant during a concocted meeting with her manager. “Brad walked in and it still didn't register. He got down on one knee and he opened the box and I said, 'Thank you'. I honestly didn't expect it," Smirnoff said.

 

When she showed off her 4.5 carat diamond engagement ring at Tao in Las Vegas this past weekend, her new fiancé was nowhere to be found. A hand-written note arrived inside in a fortune cookie, apologizing for his absence. It also contained a diamond necklace. “I’m marrying a Southern gentleman,” she said.