- Feb 12, 2005
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Newly-crowed Dancing with the Stars champ Helio Castroneves has split from his fiancÃ©e, Aliette Vazquez.
â€œI can confirm that Aliette Vazquez and I have called off our engagement and are no longer together,â€ Castroneves said in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE. â€œAt this time I would prefer to keep my private life private.â€
The news comes just hours after the racecar driver raised the mirror ball trophy in triumph on Tuesdayâ€™s Dancing finale with his pro partner Julianne Hough.
Earlier in the season, Castroneves pushed back his engagement, telling Entertainment Tonight â€œwe postponed it for a little bit until next year.â€ â€œEverything is happening so quick. The (IndyCar Series) championship is over, the dancing started, and basically, I was like, â€˜Ali, letâ€™s take it easy. Otherwise, we will be divorced before we get married!â€™â€
Castroneves isnâ€™t the first DWTS contestant to have a wedding take a back seat to the ABC reality series. Last May, Castronevesâ€™s partner on the show, Julianne Hough, also postponed her wedding to ex-fiancÃ©, fellow dancer Zach Wilson, because she was so busy preparing for the current season. â€”Monica Rizzo