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When Dancing with the Stars viewers tuned into the most recent episode to watch contestants showing off their Guilty Pleasures performances, it was pretty obvious that something was amiss. (And not the lack of an elimination, as that decision reflected the emotional response to the Las Vegas shootings.) It was the absence of DWTS veteran Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who didn't show up to dance with partner Vanessa Lachey. The lack of a reason, beyond "personal issues," had some fans curious, and it looks like Maks skipped out because he and Lachey do not have a good relationship behind the scenes.

Now, neither Maks Chmerkovskiy nor Vanessa Lachey have gone public with any foul assessments of the other persona's demeanor or abilities, their partnership problems off-camera has apparently been noticeable. According to People and its sources, the fact that both Maks and Lachey have "big personalities" is not helping when it comes to making teamwork happen.

It's apparently not just minor disagreements about things, either, as Maks and Lachey are reportedly "fighting a lot," which is never a good sign. And considering the show is only heading to its fourth week of Season 25, there's still a long way to go until the Mirrorball gets handed out, assuming the partnership doesn't completely dissolve in the meantime. Fans might remember that Maks and former star contestant Hope Solo, of soccer fame, had a falling out, and the Dancing with the Stars pro had some choice words about Solo well after the fact.

Maks Chmerkovskiy has been making headlines all year long, both with positive and negative circumstances surrounding them. On the good side of things, he and fellow DWTS regular Peta Murgatroyd had a son together in January, and they later got married in July. And on the bad side, Maks had a post-elimination interview on Good Morning America (with Season 24 partner Heather Morris) go awry due to a home intruder showing up in the middle of the night, claiming that Maks' house was his own. Maks was also injured in Season 24, which was a more understandable reason for him to be away from the show for a few weeks, as opposed to feuding. We'll see what happens with next week's episode to see where this story will go next.

As far as how things were handled on Monday night, Vanessa Lachey came out and danced with the previously eliminated pro Alan Bersten. Interestingly, perhaps, fellow teammates Nick Lachey and Peta Mergatroyd -- who are respectfully married to Vanessa and Maks -- appear to be on good terms, even if they aren't entirely wowing the judges.

Hopefully without any more drama throwing future wrenches in the works, Dancing with the Stars airs every Monday night on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET. To see what other new and returning shows you'll be able to tap your toes to, head to our fall premiere schedule.

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