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Carrie Ann Inaba's Dating History: Artem Chigvintsev, Fabien Viteri, More

Carrie Ann Inaba has been on TV for over a decade — and even got engaged (for the first time) in front of the cameras.

The Dancing With the Stars judge’s love life first made headlines when she started seeing Artem Chigvintsev. The choreographers met on the set of So You Think You Can Dance in 2006. After nearly three years together, however, Inaba and Chigvintsev called it quits.

“[He’s] a fine gentleman,” she said at the time, noting that their split was amicable. “I have never gone out with somebody that grounded, always ready to talk it out. I’m very happy for him and the success he’s having.”

After Chigvintsev joined DWTS as a professional dancer in 2014, their past romance was back in the news. Chigvintsev’s season 25 partner, Nikki Bella, who later became his fiancée, joked about their relationship in September 2019 after the ABC show changed the rules so the judges’ panel had more of a role in the eliminations.

“I think we would have lasted longer if we had that option. I think Carrie Ann totally would have saved us. And not because you guys dated … but she really liked my technique!” Bella, who gave birth to Chigvintsev’s son in July 2020, quipped on Entertainment Tonight.

After Inaba’s relationship with Chigvintsev ended, she met Jesse Sloan through eHarmony. She accepted a proposal from the accountant while filling in for Kelly Ripa on Live! With Regis and Kelly in 2011.

“I struggle to find the words to express what you mean to me,” Sloan said as he got down on one knee. “You’re an inspiration. You’re everything to me. Will you marry me?”

While an emotional Inaba accepted, Us Weekly confirmed in September 2012 that the wedding was off. ”They decided early in the summer to break off their engagement and have remained friends,” her rep told Us at the time.

Inaba got engaged for a second time before meeting her current beau, Fabien Viteri.

Scroll through for more on Inaba’s dating history:

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Artem Chigvintsev

Twitter users couldn’t get over Inaba and Chigvintsev’s past relationship during season 29 of DWTS, accusing the judge of being too harsh on Kaitlyn Bristowe because the Russian dancer was her partner. The Strictly Come Dancing alum admitted he thought Inaba’s judging was “personal” during an ET interview at the time.  


“I feel it’s definitely, maybe not a different standard, but I feel like it’s different expectations. I don’t know. I’m watching back the dance itself, it’s like, ‘Oh, you can kick sharper!’ Well, I can say that about everybody who dances on the show today. I don’t know. It’s really odd,” he said at the time.


The duo dated from 2006 to 2009.

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Jesse Sloan

Inaba once gushed about meeting Sloan through online dating.


“I said [in my eHarmony questionnaire], ‘You need to be sexy’ and ‘I love cats.’ He was the one they sent me, and it just felt familiar,” she said on Access Hollywood in 2011. “[Looking at] his picture, I felt like I already knew him.”


The twosome called off their engagement in 2012 more than a year after she introduced him to the public.

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Robb Derringer

Inaba got engaged for the second time in December 2016 when the General Hospital star popped the question on the beach. “We’re so excited to share this with everyone … IT’S TRUE! #believeinlove @robbderringer,” Inaba wrote via Instagram at the time.


Less than a year later, Us broke the news that Inaba and Derringer quietly split before their nuptials, which were set for July 2018.


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Fabien Viteri

In September 2020, Inaba announced she was off the market again.


“I have fallen in love and I am now in a committed relationship,” she gushed on The Talk. “Mrs. [Sharon Osbourne], you asked for it, remember for the beginning of the year we did our dreams and our wishes for everybody? You called it. So, thank you. I wish you would have done it earlier, but anyway.”


She continued, “So, I met this man; he’s from my neighborhood, and we met, sort of, walking our dogs, and there’s more to the story … He’s older than I am, and he’s a wonderful human being. And now, I understand how a relationship can work. He’s been so supportive and a mature adult ‘cause maybe sometimes I’m not so that’s working really well.”


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