Viewers of Monday's Dancing With the Stars might have noticed a whole lot of flashing going on — and not of the wardrobe malfunction kind. Pro dancer Cheryl Burke was happily flashing some serious bling on her wedding ring finger, which of course started tongues wagging. Did her partner — and rumored romantic interest — Chad Ochocinco pop the question?
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“It’s a gift, it’s not an engagement ring,” a beaming Cheryl tells In Touch as she flashed the diamond-packed accessory made especially for Cheryl by Jason of Beverly Hills. “It’s not an engagement ring. It’s a “girl, I really appreciate you” ring,” admits Chad, who just wanted to do something nice for the woman he’s spending so much time with.
While the process has had its moments, Chad and Cheryl reveal they’ve been having fun. And this week, things clicked on the dance floor as they scored 20 out of 30 for the paso doble. “He got into character. This was his dance,” says Cheryl. “ He didn’t have to be slow and was able to do what he does in the field on the dance floor.”
Still, all this generosity on Chad’s part has Cheryl wondering what a real proposal from Chad might be like. “I want to know what you would actually give if you were trying to propose to a woman,” joked Cheryl to Chad. “That would be huge — maybe the mirror ball trophy?”
So the big question: Are they dating? “There’s no need to put any stamps on anything,” says Cheryl. “This is why people get divorced and break up,” adds Chad. “Never put a label on anything because a label and title comes to an end.”
Despite his generous gift, Chad is not getting off lightly when it comes to rehearsing later this week. “I am sure when we get in the studio Wednesday, she’ll go back to the same Cheryl 'Mean' Burke,” laughs Chad, while Cheryl ads, “Yes. Ring or no ring. I know what I want.” Sounds like they're already married!