Season 24 of Dancing With the Stars premiered on Monday, March 20, and fans were immediately drawn to professional bull rider Bonner Bolton.
Not only is he hot as hell, but the 29-year-old already has fantastic chemistry with partner Sharna Burgess. In video footage shot before their first dance, the Texas native declared, “I’m dancing with the prettiest lady in the house.” They ended up scoring a 22 out of 40 for their cha-cha-cha.
The world champion later stated in an interview that Sharna has “been drilling me hard,” but when asked about the dating rumors outright, the redheaded beauty said, “I think they are set on fire right now because of our [rehearsal] package and the accidental innuendoes in the Sky Box. Obviously, we have chemistry… Yes, we are both single.”
Bonner added, “Definitely, both very single.”
Rumors only intensified after the model was caught on camera accidentally grabbing the dancer inappropriately. While absentmindedly putting his arm around the 31-year-old’s waist, his hand fell between her thighs.
Bonner claimed the groping was “totally unintentional,” telling Entertainment Tonight, “I was just stargazed by Nick [Viall] and Peta [Murgatroyd’s] performance and I was looking at the TV screen. I felt her bump into me yet I wasn’t really looking at what was bumping into me.”
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Despite that uncomfortable moment, The Longest Ride stunt double seems to be quite the gentleman. “I’ll be the first to say that [Sharna] is as 100 percent a professional as she is beautiful,” Bonner shared. “She’s a great teacher. She’s pushing me hard I’m working hard. I just want to make her proud.”
Though he still knows how to pack on the charm! “I was telling her before we started tonight, ‘I can’t look at you for too long. I might get distracted,’” he admitted. “That’s why I might miss some of my steps. She’s obviously beautiful.”
Tune in to DWTS on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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