"I have a close-knit circle of family and friends, and they all love her," Chmerkovskiy tells PEOPLE of his fiancée

By Patrick Gomez
December 16, 2015 11:10 AM

After Maksim Chmerkovskiy he broke up with Peta Murgatroyd in early 2013, his family “shunned” him and his mom put him in “time out for, like, a month,” he has revealed to PEOPLE.

“I have a close-knit circle of family and friends, and they all love her. That was important to me because I d had relationships that were the complete opposite,” continues Chmerkovskiy, who rekindled his relationship with Murgatroyd in October 2014. “Peta keeps me grounded. I think we could spend the rest of our lives just the two of us.”

Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
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Despite that, when he proposed to Murgatroyd, 29, his father wasn’t too happy.

But it had nothing to do with his son’s bride-to-be.

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“I wanted it to be a surprise for everyone, so I only told my brother and my friend who held on to the ring,” says the former Dancing with the Stars pro, 35.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd on the cover of PEOPLE

For more about Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd’s love story – including what Chmerkovskiy’s brother Valentin thinks of his fiancé – pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

He opens up in the latest issue of PEOPLE about getting down on one knee after the Dec. 5 performance of Sway: A Dance Trilogy at the Olympia Theater in Miami.

“So my dad was running around doing business outside the theater. He was pissed at me for, like, five hours.”