Win a trophy, lose a fiancée

Posted by Iannucci | 11/28/2007 | 9 comments »
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I don't mean to be jumping to conclusions, but let's just say they don't call it "Sleeping with the Stars" for nothing. And leave it at that.

Dancing’s Helio Castroneves, Fiancée End Engagement

Newly-crowed Dancing with the Stars champ Helio Castroneves has split from his fiancée, Aliette Vazquez.

“I can confirm that Aliette Vazquez and I have called off our engagement and are no longer together,” Castroneves said in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE. “At this time I would prefer to keep my private life private.”

Earlier in the season, Castroneves pushed back his engagement, telling Entertainment Tonight “we postponed it for a little bit until next year.” “Everything is happening so quick. The (IndyCar Series) championship is over, the dancing started, and basically, I was like, ‘Ali, let’s take it easy. Otherwise, we will be divorced before we get married!’”

Castroneves isn’t the first DWTS contestant to have a wedding take a back seat to the ABC reality series. Last May, Castroneves’s partner on the show, Julianne Hough, also postponed her wedding to ex-fiancé, fellow dancer Zach Wilson, because she was so busy preparing for the current season.

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Thanks to three readers who forwarded this in the last hour. Let the record show that Jennifer was first, perhaps jubilantly.


  1. pressdog // November 28, 2007 3:14 PM  

    That's just sad. You go macking on your dance partner, and .... Let the Helio and Julianne watch commence.

  2. Anonymous // November 28, 2007 3:17 PM  

    I'm sure Ali is a nice girl and I'll assume that Helio will some how get by with incredible fame, fortune, looks, a smokin hot dance partner.

  3. Anonymous // November 28, 2007 3:18 PM  

    oh and I'll add it must have been that chemestry he had with Joy on the View today

  4. Carrie // November 28, 2007 3:25 PM  

    Well from other comments Helio & Ali have made, they were over a week into the show. Seems to me he was over it and looking for a way to get out even before he started on the show.

    For the love of Maks, if Helio ends up dating that child, I might have to go back to ignoring him again.

  5. Anonymous // November 28, 2007 3:35 PM  

    If he dates that nice young lady I want to know what vitamins he's taking !

  6. Anonymous // November 28, 2007 3:54 PM  

    I had a suspicion that there was more than dancing chemistry going on between Helio and Julianne. They both have such enthusiastic personalities and seem to fit well together.
    I'll bet we'll have another hottie to watch in the pits in '08...

    IRL: Fun To Watch.

  7. Anonymous // November 28, 2007 4:49 PM  

    julianne is dating kevin connolly, so i dont think her and helio are together. and also people speculated the same thing with apolo last season.

  8. Jennifer Coomer // November 28, 2007 9:19 PM  

    Julianne and Helio are not dating. I know who he's dating. But I'm not telling.

  9. Anonymous // November 28, 2007 10:44 PM  

    According to this one, it was Ali that broke it off.

    Also her publicist (why does she even have one?!?!) said there was no animosity. That is in stark contrast to her telling some radio guy she was "devastated".