Despite their split earlier this month, Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are still on good terms. "It's kind of easy to stay friends," Smirnoff told PEOPLE.

"We were friends for 14 years, before anything else. It will always remain this way. It's not difficult. We both think the world of each other," she added.

The 'Dancing With The Stars' couple broke up after being engaged for eight months.