Valentin Chmerkovskiy might be had several celebrity partners on the dancing reality show, Dancing with the Stars, but it seems that the star has finally stuck to his one permanent lifetime partner off the ballroom floor.
The Dancing with the Stars champion went on his keen and popped the question in front of his longtime girlfriend and fellow show dancer, Jenna Johnson. Chmerkovskiy proposed his lady love in Venice, Italy.
The 24-year-old Johnson took to Twitter on Thursday and shared their engagement news. She shared a picture of a sweet proposal, in which she looked shocked as Chmerkovskiy bent down on his one knee while holding out an engagement ring for her. She wrote in the caption of the image: “#ENGAGED @iamValC.”
In another picture, Johnson bent down to kiss Chmerkovskiy and of course, her response was “Yes!”
Chmerkovskiy also posted a photo and captioned it: “I can’t wait to make you my wife ♥👑.”
He told People of his lady love, “My life has changed because of [her,]” adding, “And I find myself to be the best version of myself that I’ve ever been. She’s awesome.”
Chmerkovskiy replied to a tweet about Johnson back in May when a fan account posted a gif of her wearing a stunning red bedazzled dress. The fan account tweeted, “Jenna Johnson though,” which Chmerkovskiy replied: “I should def put a ring on it,” he also added three emojis — eyes, heart eyes, and a crown.
Chmerkovskiy’s tweet came on the very same day when Johnson joked to Entertainment Tonight about a proposal.
“Time’s a-ticking!” Johnson said. “We’ll see [if engagement is in the cards anytime soon]. We both have very big things happening right now, so we’ll let that ride over… maybe we’ll go to Fiji!”
Chmerkovskiy told ET back in March that “it’s hard” to see Johnson performing with other guys. He said, “The type of person I am, I mean, I’m fairly jealous. I mean, look, I have all these emotions, you know.”
“I’m not perfect,” he went on to explain. “But I have to check myself and be fair and say, like … how can I hold this against her if I’m in the same situation? And I would never want to compromise my artistry, you know, because I wouldn’t want to make my significant other feel uncomfortable.”
He said, “This is part of the new chapter in my life.” He added, “It takes some sacrifice to have a healthy relationship. And, you know, you gotta be willing to make those sacrifices and I’m definitely willing to make certain sacrifices to make it work.”
Chmerkovskiy and Johnson dated off-and-on starting in 2015 but they started publicly sharing their love back in 2017 — the couple shared a passionate kiss most publicly on the DWTS season 25 finale. He previously romantically linked with Amber Rose.
He told People of his decision to be vocal about their relationship, “I’ll be honest, I’m just tired of fighting this because I realize that people and Hollywood are obsessed with romance and love stories.” He said, “I feel like it’s private. it should remain private but at the same time, I understand I can’t be a hypocrite. I’m on Instagram kind of sharing our vacations and my love for her constantly.”
Chmerkovskiy confessed that he has a little baby fever after he became an uncle to his brother Maksim and Peta Murgatroyd‘s son named Shai. However, it doesn’t mean that the newly engaged couple is in a rush for having kids.
Chmerkovskiy said of his new fiancée, “I think she would love to be a mother.” He added, “But she also has so many incredible things going on in her life and I would feel very selfish to interrupt them for nine months. But definitely soon, hopefully.”