Reports that Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were dating have been circulating since early summer, but the twosome only very recently confirmed their coupledom in the light of day.
On Thursday, Sept. 26, after pulling the "just friends" card with press many a time, the attractive duo stepped out in New York City holding hands. But, as a source tells E! News exclusively, Maks and Kate have actually "been together for about six months." (Reps for Maks and Kate did not respond to E! News' request for comment.)
"It's important to them not to exploit their relationship," says the source. "They're very low-key, because they don't want to attract the press. That's not what they're about."
We know Maks, 33, was a Dancing With the Stars pro, and Kate, 21, can do the Dougie and Cat daddy dance like it's nobody's business, but what else do they have in common? "They go to the gym together a lot. Fitness is something they bond over," says a source. "They also go on a lot of late-night walks. It's romantic and they know that at night there's less of a chance they'll be recognized."
As it stands, New York City is "home base" for the pair. "He's been spending most of his time there lately and, right now, she's apartment hunting in the city," says the source. "They're not moving in together yet. She's looking for her own place."
—Additional reporting by Ruth O'Neill