It takes two to tango, but it only takes one social media post for a scandalous rumor to start.
Over the weekend, gossip claiming that Olivia Jade Giannulli and her married "Dancing With the Stars" partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, were "hooking up" began making the rounds online. The scuttlebutt appeared to begin after a TikTok user shared a clip blatantly implying that Olivia and Val had taken their partnership to a romantic level.
Because the TikTok user has nearly 400,000 followers, it didn't take long for the speculation to spread. However, as the buzz began catching fire, Olivia squashed it.
"Hey guys, I just wanna clear the air before this goes any further or this video blows up anymore," the influencer said in an Oct. 17 video of her own. "First of all, the [TikTok user] that posted it blocked me. Someone had to send me this video. I'm just going to be super blunt and straight up, and just say that Val and I are not hooking up. We've never hooked up. This is a complete rumor; we are genuinely good friends and I adore his wife."
Val, of course, is married to professional dance partner, Jenna Johnson, who is JoJo Siwa's partner.
"It's literally just a dance show and we're just friends," Olivia insisted. "I don't know why everything has to be something, but I've already obviously seen a ton of negative comments."
Olivia, who's no stranger to negative press, conceded that online hate would be warranted if the rumor were true, but she maintained it's nothing more than a complete fabrication.
"I'd get it if it was true, but it's not, so let's end this here and let's… dance and have fun on this show and not create lies especially when you also have almost 400k followers," she said. "It's not cool."
E! News reported that the original video Olivia responded to has since been deleted.