Two of the biggest TV actors of the 2000s, Rachel Bilson and Chace Crawford are busting rumors that the two once dated.
Bilson rose to fame playing Summer Roberts on The OC, while Crawford became a household name when he portrayed Nate Archibald on another fan-favorite ’00s series, Gossip Girl. As the two became some of the most talked about celebs in Hollywood, the tabloids pursued stories about their dating lives. In 2012, Crawford opened up about dealing with headlines related to his romantic connections. “I have friends who are girls and I go out. And I only make a big joke of it when it’s in the paper,” Crawford said in an interview with On Demand Entertainment.
In 2008, in an interview with OK, Bilson was asked if it was difficult to keep up her dating life as a public figure! Magazine. “I’m trying to live my life under the radar. I don’t comment on my personal romantic life,” Bilson said. Now, Bilson and Crawford are letting fans know exactly what happened between them back then.
Rachel Bilson and Chace Crawford are longtime friends
Actors Rachel Bilson and Chace Crawford are friends who don’t give in to the rumours. The two recently sat down for an interview on Bilson’s “Broad Ideas” podcast, which she co-hosts with friend Olivia Allen. During the conversation, Bilson addressed a past rumor that she and Crawford, who she’s been known for “for a very long time,” dated in the 2000s. “Somebody saw us talking or something, and the press was like, ‘Oh, did Rachel and Chace hook up?'” Bilson told Crawford. Bilson’s publicist then reached out to the actor about the news, and Bilson told her to “bust this rumor” as she was “on hiatus.” [her] serious relationship.” This resulted in the press releasing a “fabricated” message from Bilson’s publicist that came across harsher than Bilson intended.
“They printed it, but it had a quote from my publicist like, ‘That’s completely made up…’ and I said, ‘Wait, that’s so mean. I would never want to do that to Chace!’” Bilson said. In response, Crawford called Bilson “so nice” and said he “didn’t even realize” this gossip was going on at the time. Crawford added that he “would have been thrilled” if the public thought he and Bilson were a couple.
As for her current relationship status, Bustle revealed in a July 2022 interview that Crawford is single, while Bilson is reportedly dating Zac LaRoc, who she was spotted with in May, per the Daily Mail.