Maks Chmerkovskiy & Vanessa Lachey Have Been 'Bickering' Since Week 1: Source
Maksim Chmerkovskiy will be back on Dancing with the Stars next week
The show must go on.
Co-host Erin Andrews revealed Maksim Chmerkovskiy sat out Monday night’s episode of Dancing with the Starsdue to “a personal issue” (sources tell PEOPLE it wasover a conflict with partner Vanessa Lachey due to their “big personalities”), but now a DWTS rep confirms he’ll be back in his dancing shoes for next week’s Most Memorable Year theme.
Still, an insider says that doesn’t mean Chmerkovskiy and Lachey (whose spouses are also paired on the ABC reality dance competition) have resolved all their problems.
“They’ve been bickering since week one and he finally just had enough of it,” the source tells PEOPLE.
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“They aren’t the first couple to have issues on DWTS, and they won’t be the last,” the source adds. “The pros are just as, if not more, popular than the stars when it comes to DWTS fans, and Maks is one of the show’s most recognizable faces. They definitely will want him and Vanessa to play nice for the camera, but I wouldn’t expect them to last long if they don’t find a way to actually work together.”
But an insider insists that there’s nothing to work on.
“Maks and Vanessa are a team and completely support each other 100 percent,” the insider tells PEOPLE. “They are so friendly backstage and are great to work with. You can tell they are genuinely enjoying themselves and are here to have a good time.”
This isn’t the first time Chmerkovskiy, 37, has reportedly butted heads with his DWTS celebrity counterpart. In 2015, he told The Real of his season 13 partner, soccer star Hope Solo, “That’s literally the only person that I could dislike from my past, present or future.”
Meanwhile, he and Lachey, 36, have both complimented Alan Bersten for filling in Monday.
“Thank YOU to @alanbersten and my new girl posse, the @dancingabc girls troop, @firstname.lastname@example.org @dance10jenna!!! This was the ULTIMATE guilty pleasure! #GirlsNight,” Lachey captioned an Instagram of their performance. “Don’t forget to vote! (Link in my Bio!) 😘 I can’t WAIT to get started tomorrow with @maksimc on week 4! We’re cookin up something special for you!”
Chmerkovskiy also posted a photo from the routine, simply writing, “Thank you @alanbersten for doing a great job stepping in for me…..again!”
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.