April 29, 2008 12:00 AM

Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff denies she has split from Mario Lopez.

“We’re going on strong,” she told PEOPLE on Tuesday. “As much as I love and appreciate the attention, this isn’t true.”

She adds: “For the record, I am not moving out. Everything is great.”

In her production trailer was a bouquet of roses. “These roses are from (Lopez) and they certainly are not a farewell gift,” she says.

The pair, who met during Dancing‘s third season, never publicly acknowledged their relationship — until now — despite the fact that they were living together in Lopez’s Los Angeles home.

A source had said Smirnoff was moving out of Lopez’s digs. Smirnoff also was spotted recently with E! Entertainment personality Michael Yo. The two were seen dancing at a recent event at Hollywood eatery Beso.

“Michael and I have known each for a long time, and there’s nothing romantic whatsoever,” Smirnoff says. “He’s a great guy and I really respect him, but we’re just friends.” — Reagan Alexander

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