Kate Upton, Maksim Chmerkovskiy dating, reports say

Model Kate Upton attends the Style Awards during

Model Kate Upton attends the Style Awards during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Lincoln Center. (Sept. 4, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

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Sports Illustrated cover girl Kate Upton and "Dancing With the Stars" dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy reportedly have become a couple.

E! News said it confirmed the two were dating, with People magazine saying Monday the two met six months ago through mutual friends. Their friendship turned romantic, the magazine said, when Chmerkovskiy, 33, took Upton to dinner at the intimate Upper East Side Italian restaurant Scalinatella on June 10, her 21st birthday.

Us Weekly noted the two appeared to be keeping their relationship discreet at the time, exiting the restaurant separately but leaving in the same car. But on Thursday, the pair were photographed walking through the West Village behaving romantically, said E! and Us.

Chmerkovskiy was previously engaged to "DWTS" dancer Karina Smirnoff. He most recently was linked to fellow "DWTS" pro Peta Murgatroyd.

Upton's rumored romances have included Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

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