“We went to this restaurant and [my manager] got on her phone and said ‘this guy is killing me,’ and got up and walked away,” Karina told the mag. He got down on one knee and he opened the box and I said, ‘Thank you’.
I honestly didn’t expect it.” Karina and Brad met through a mutual friend (and former “Dancing” contestant), UFC champ Chuck Liddell, and began dating in October 2009 following Karina’s broken engagement to fellow dancing pro, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
“I think we can all solidly agree, without a doubt, that [it hasn’t been a] good life with men,” said the 37-year-old pro, who recently broke things off with her third fiancé, Jason Adelman. I want to live for another human being and give that little guy or girl everything I have.
But sometimes the desire becomes bigger than living in the moment and realizing what is happening, learning from my mistakes and seeing the red flags.” “I’m in therapy now,” she told PEOPLE. I need to figure out what I do to get myself in these situations because I don’t think I can have another heartbreak.
Penny conspired with Smirnoff's manager who told the dancer that the president of Twitter wanted to meet her after the show.
'We went to this restaurant and [my manager] got on her phone and said "this guy is killing me," and got up and walked away. He got down on one knee and he opened the box and I said, "Thank you." I honestly didn't expect it.' The couple started dating just over a year ago, shortly after Smirnoff and fellow Dancing With The Stars professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy called off their engagement.
“We kept it quiet because my family is in New York and Brad’s family is in Oklahoma,” Karina told the mag.
UPDATE: 10/18/2011: Ah, the ol’ conflicting schedules….While the pair has yet to begin planning the wedding, the proposal took what Karina describes as “a conspiracy” between Brad and the dancer’s manager to pull off.The brunette beauty said her manager told her that the president of Twitter wanted to meet her for dinner after she finished taping the reality dance competition, so she headed to dinner, still sporting the black lipstick and teased hair from the evening’s performance.I honestly didn’t expect it.” Though Penny, who played baseball last year for the St.Louis Cardinals, wasn’t at Tao with his fiancé, he sent her a hand-written note in a fortune cookie apologizing for his absence – the cookie also contained an Everlon diamond necklace.