updated 10/16/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/17/2012 AT 5:45 PM ET
“It’s unexplainable, I don’t know,” Monaco, 36, told PEOPLE on Tuesday, of the connection to her partner, 26. “I think each week, we get a little closer.”
As for Chmerkovskiy, he says he’s “very attached, very protective,” of the General Hospital star.
“Obviously with every week, it gets more and more personal,” he says. “I was raised with loyalty, honesty, camaraderie. Those are the things that I value the most. She’s the person I care about most right now.”