Maksim Chmerkovskiy — The Kate Upton Mystery Solved

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We now know what in the Hell Kate Upton was doing hanging out with “Dancing With the Stars” dude Maksim Chmerkovskiy — and we”re still not happy about it.

As we previously (and jealously) reported … Maks and Kate were spotted leaving a restaurant together in NYC last week.

So, of course we”ve been wondering how someone known as the “bad boy of the ballroom” … managed to bag the hottest chick on the planet.

Well, we ran into Maks at LAX, sans Kate, and asked if they”re, y”know … banging

Let”s just say we feel a little better … for now.  But not much.