Paula Abdul hired Schwimmer as her creative director and choreographer for her final performance on American Idol and for her opening show for VH1's Divas: Live '09. Working with his father, he choreographed the short program of American figure skater Jeremy Abbott, which was first performed at the 2011 Cup of China. He left the LDS church in 2011 due in part to the church's position on not allowing homosexuals to work with youth.
He came out publicly in 2012, after struggling with his homosexuality for a number of years.
Now Internet sleuths have the 36-year old hanging out in Amsterdam with 19-year old model Dai Donyelle.
Chaplin reached the top 10 contestants before being eliminated with Martha Nichols on July 20. Dmitry Chapin also was on a season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered up with Playboy Model Holly Madison, being eliminated on week 3 in a double elimination.
He then competed on season 9 of Dancing with the Stars and was partnered with singer, Mýa.
Although generally rated positively by the judges, viewer votes repeatedly placed Chaplin in the bottom three couples each week.
Three of his first partners (Joy Spears, Aleksandra Wojda, and Ashlee Nino) were eliminated, this so-called "curse" becoming a running joke.