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    Kate Upton Dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy

    Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Kate Upton Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Jemal Countess/Getty Images

    Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are officially a couple!

    The 21-year-old blond beauty and 33-year-old dancing pro are dating, E! News confirms.

    The romance news comes as photos of the lovebirds holding hands recently surfaced. In the PDA pics of them going public, Upton and Chmerkovskiy are all smiles while strolling down the street in NYC's West Village neighborhood. Upton looked cute in workout gear while Chmerkovskiy sported skinny jeans and a pink button-down shirt. Both sported black sunglasses during the daytime outing.

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    Earlier this summer, rumors began swirling that Upton and Chmerkovskiy were heating up. At the time, source told E! News that the two were "just good friends," while a second source close to Chmerkovskiy revealed that they "heard nothing about them dating."

    And back in July, the coy couple was spotted in NYC going on a dinner date together after an event. "The two did not want to be photographed together and did the best they could to avoid the cameras," a source told E! News of the shy lovebirds. "They left the event around midnight and went to Catch sushi bar, that turns into a club. The two partied until the early hours."

    One thing's for sure: these two make one hot couple!

    Chmerkovskiy has previously been romantically linked to Karina Smirnoff, Erin Andrews and DWTSer Peta Murgatroyd. Upton's been rumored to have romanced Blake Griffin, Mark Sanchez and baseballer Justin Verlander.

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