Over the weekend the “cat was let out of the bag,” as Dancing With the Stars ballroom pro Karina Smirnoff said. It was announced that Karina Smirnoff is engaged to Cardinals pitcher Brad Penny. The two got engaged about a month ago but, “We kept it quiet because my family is in New York and Brad’s family is in Oklahoma,” Karina said. “We kind of wanted them to come out and celebrate and be a family first before we let the cat out of the bag.” They have dated since October, 2009.
Also the timing to announce their engagement was good so they had time to deal with the media and not have it distract from their competitions. She and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino have already been voted off Dancing with the Stars, and Brad Penny’s baseball season has already ended.
So what will their wedding be like? Karina’s family is based in New York and Brad Penny’s is in Oklahoma so the two are opting to do a getaway wedding and it sounds like it will be sooner than later! She told E! that, “We’re thinking January 7,” adding that she wants “a destination wedding where everyone can go to Cabo.”
Will Karina invite her fellow Dancing with the Stars dancers? If so, Maksim Chmerkovskiy probably won’t get an invite, Karina was previously engaged to her fellow DWTS pro but he broke off the engagement last year.
The big question is, when will the two have time to start a family? Brad Penny is on the road and lives out of LA a chunk of the time and I don’t think Karina can do her job knocked up! I think it may be a while before we see like baby Karina and Brads running around.