It has been crazy. I had to help Denise with the paparazzi yesterday. It’s a little nuts. I personally have never experienced it like this before–we’ve had paparazzi shoot us coming out of the clubs or whatever–but this…this is crazy. With Denise, it’s insane. Every time we leave the studio, there’s about 10, 20 photographers and they’re very…I didn’t know they were that pushy.
It’s actually scary because there’s no personal space, and then when they start driving after you, that becomes very bad, and that’s what happened yesterday. So I had to get Denise to her car and have her follow me when we left the studio to go to our wardrobe fitting for the next dance [the quick step] and cars were cutting each other off the whole way just to get a picture inside.
This is her life. With all the controversy she’s had in the past, sometimes things happen in life that make you a target for the paparazzi, your pictures rise in value, or sometimes it’s just that they make you into something else entirely.
It takes one false accusation or gossip to come out, and suddenly everybody’s taking your picture and they don’t even know why.
It’s pretty funny the way the whole thing works.
People keep asking me how my dancing with Denise puts pressure on my relationship with Karina—it doesn’t. I was brought up in a very family-oriented environment, with a lot of morals, but I’ve also been brought up as a person who doesn’t do anything unless it is exactly what you want. When I proposed to Karina, it wasn’t spur of the moment. If it was, I could have done it 10 years ago. The reason we started dating after all these years we’ve known each other is a testament to how true our relationship is.
I proposed now because this is the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with and I don’t feel like I’m missing out.
And then that picture of me and Denise came out last week in the tabloids, and people talk. Whatever. Karina and I are laughing at these things. But obviously it’s hard, because you have to completely trust the other person, which I hope we’ve established.
And it’s not going to shake us up. If you are smart, and true to yourself, it doesn’t matter what people say or how they portray you.
Take, for example, our package from the premiere. We come out to do cha cha, we say ‘Hi Maks, Hi Denise,’ and BAM…we get in a fight, and she cries.
But that’s not what it was. It was that there was so much pressure. There is enormous pressure that comes with doing this show.
And I didn’t make Denise cry! What made her cry was the situation we were put in. What made her cry is, ‘Oh my God, we are days away and we’re going crazy trying to finish our dance.’
Now what it was made into was…I had a fit, and she responded with tears. Look, if that were true, you could make a package like that about me every single day of every single season.
But why didn’t you see it with Mel B.? Because I’ll tell you, Mel cried too.
And you know what, I’m pretty sure even Warren Sapp wanted to cry at one point. He actually texted me yesterday and we speak all the time, so I’m not putting the big man on the spot, but if you ask any of the alumni of the show, they will testify to how hard it is, how much pressure it is, and how difficult it is to keep your cool and NOT burst into tears and cry!
Okay, now that we cleared that up, I have to run into wardrobe consultation!
I’ll write more soon when I get a break in this crazy schedule.