Val and Janel Are Back Together After Switch Up Week and Janel’s Split With Boyfriend Payson Lewis
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy had to switch partners last week in Dancing With the Stars, and some jealousy cropped up.
“It was a lot of fun, but it’s… it was really weird for me to, I don’t know switch up was fun, it was cool, but it made me feel a little uncomfortable, to be honest,” Val told Janel in an Access Hollywood video.
“Like I, personally, don’t want to be celebrating with anybody else but you.”
“Now you don’t have to because you have me back,” Janel responded.
“You can just say you missed me,” she added. “You can just say it out loud.”
“I miss you, but it was more the feeling … it did feel a bit adulterous,” said Val. “Lea [Thompson] and I were kissing.”
“Oh yeah, the first kiss of the season with another partner,” Janel said, seeming upset.
“Why are you getting red?” Val said.
“I’m not getting red, I’m speaking passionately about our team,” Janel said. “I don’t care, but I sort of hated it.”
“The feeling is mutual,” Val said, noting that though Janel and Artem Chigvintsev didn’t kiss they were very intimate. “Having created that distance for a week, it made me appreciate you a lot more.”
The couple’s close connection has fueled dating rumors, which only ramped up when Janel and her boyfriend Payson Lewis split recently.
Janel added that she was “a little jealous, I’m not going to lie” about Val and Lea in a blog post for People magazine.
“But it also made me appreciate him a little bit more, just to step aside and watch him do his thing. I thought he did an amazing routine. It was very creative and just so wonderful. I was really proud of him,” she said.
She also discussed the dance they’re going to do this week, the samba, which she said is “the hardest dance” she’s had to learn.
“It’s very technical and really, really fast. We’re learning a dance very quickly, so there’s really no time to learn the actual technique of the samba. I think that’s the hardest part – trying to learn the steps and trying to incorporate a whole new feel into it. The samba has a little bit of a bounce to it, so we’re trying really hard to work on that,” she said.
“This dance is going to be a very traditional samba. Val and I were talking about how our routines so far have been a little bit more contemporary takes on some of the dances, maybe save for the rumba, but this is going to be a very traditional samba. We’re channeling some amazing Latin dances.”