Mischa Barton NOT Dating ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Partner Artem Chigvintsev, Despite Report (EXCLUSIVE)
Mischa Barton is not dating her “Dancing with the Stars” partner Artem Chigvintsev, despite a report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct the story. We’re told they are just “friends.”
“Entertainment Tonight” declares in a headline on its website, “Mischa Barton Goes on First Date With ‘DWTS’ Partner Artem Chigvintsev.” A so-called “source” claims the two “have started dating,” and were spotted having dinner together on Wednesday night. The outing, according to the outlet, was “an official date,” and they are “transitioning into more than friends.”
“They’ve been in touch after the show and care about each other but this is the first proper date,” the site’s insider alleges, adding, “He is the reason she’s looking happier recently. She has become giddy when talking about him and quite smitten with him.” The tipster further claims, “He’s pursued her for a while, and she’s coming around.”
Gossip Cop looked into this report, however, and could not confirm the “ET” version of events. In fact, a rep for Chigvintsev exclusively tells us point-blank, “Mischa and Artem are NOT dating.” The spokesperson notes that “the experience of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ has a tendency to really bond partners and pros,” and says Barton and Chigvintsev have simply “remained friends since the show.”
But that’s all that’s going on, at least for now. The former “O.C.” star and pro dancer were the second pair eliminated from season 22 of “Dancing With The Stars,” getting the boot from the ballroom on April 4. They will likely reunite for the season finale next month.