PEOPLE's hottest bachelor calls his ex, Smirnoff, the "best partner and teacher"

By Jenny Sundel
Updated December 01, 2020 04:27 PM
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Mario Lopez wants to get back together Karina Smirnoff – at least on the dance floor.

“I love dancing and she’s the best partner and the best teacher, and I’d be honored if she would dance with me,” Lopez told PEOPLE at ESPN THE MAGAZINE’S ESPY Style Studio Monday. So does that mean everything is amicable between the two, despite her recent claims of his cheating? “Oh yeah, everything’s all good.”

Never far from the dance floor – Lopez is currently starring in A Chorus Line – insists he is a solo act these days.

“I’m not looking for Miss Right right now. I’m just sort of working on becoming Mr. Right. Make sure it happens. It’s going to happen,” he said. So he isn’t dating anyone? “No, unfortunately I haven’t had a chance. I’ve just been working. I’m just dating my Broadway show and my book.”

PEOPLE’s 34-year-old Hottest Bachelor does admit that his steamy spread in the magazine has brought him no shortage of female admirers. “People come up to me and ask me to sign it a lot. [They say] ‘What were you thinking?’ And ‘how did it feel?’ And ‘you’re naked!’ And ‘oh my gosh!’ And ‘my mother and my grandmother, they put it up in their room.’ And it’s funny. I didn’t think it was going to cause such a big stir.”

The ESPY’s air July 20 at 9 p.m. on ESPN.