Inside Mauricio Umansky & Emma Slater's Close Post-DWTS Bond

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The 53-year-old's kind words weren't lost on Emma, ​​who reacted with, "That makes me happy, because sometimes as a pro, when the journey comes to an end, it's all special and unique. It makes me concerned like , 'How is my celebrity, my friend gonna feel?' But I think that we both understand that we just kind of ride this out as long as it goes and understand the special part of this season is the friendship as well as the memories dancing."

And don't get it twisted: It's just a friendship. After all, just last week they shot down romance rumors.

"We do want to address this story, this whole thing that's going out and about, about whether Emma and I are dating," Mauricio—who is currently separated from wife Kyle Richards—said in an Oct. 26 Instagram Story. "About whether we went out on a date. For full clarity, we are not dating."

Emma echoed with, "We're not dating. We are really good friends. We've been dancing together for six weeks, four hours a day, every single day."

Dancing With the Stars airs Tuesdays at 8 pm on ABC. Keep reading to see Mauricio and more celebrities' incredible DWTS body transformations.

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