Karina Smirnoff Engaged To Marry Brad Penny
Well — Maks will not be pleased…..
Fleet-footed Dancing With the Stars stunner Karina Smirnoff is engaged to wed engaged to Brad Penny — an MLB player who pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, according to PEOPLE Magazine. The couple actually became engaged on October 4, following Karina’s futuristic foxtrot with Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino on Dancing, but chose to keep the wedding news to themselves until now. The announcement comes just a nanosecond (Ok, ok, a year…) after Karina ended her engagement with DWTS castmate-turned- acrimonous ex Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
“We kept it quiet because my family is in New York and Brad’s family is in Oklahoma so we kind of wanted them to come out and celebrate and be a family first before we let the cat out of the bag.”
Penny got down on one knee at a restaurant and presented her with a 4 1/2-carat diamond ring, says Karina, who debuted the sparkler at a party at the tony Tao Las Vegas nightclub over the weekend. Penny and Smirnoff were introduced by UFC fighter Chuck Liddell, a mutual friend, and began dating in Oct. 2009.
“I was in the middle of the show and had no clue what was cooking behind my back,” Smirnoff smiled lovingly. “The dinner meeting was set up at a restaurant in Malibu. When [my manager and I] got there, it was completely empty. She excused herself to take a call and while I was sitting there alone, Brad came in. I had crazy hair and black lipstick on and was just concerned about looking like the Bride of Frankenstein. Even after Brad got down to one knee and opened the box with the ring, it still didn’t register.”
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