The one person who dated both Paris Hilton and Lucy Hale

There aren’t that many fish in the sea in Hollywood, so sometimes celebrities have no choice but to find significant others in a single dating pool. It’s not surprising that celebrities tend to date and marry other stars — and some of them even date the same people.

For example, Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson used to date Alex Rodriguez. The two actors were both linked to the pro athlete in 2010, and rumors swirled that they had been dating him at the same time. According to an insider, Hudson felt Diaz and Rodriguez only started dating as revenge for Hudson’s relationship with Justin Timberlake in 2007, just days after Diaz and Timberlake pulled the plug on their year-long relationship, according to Us Weekly. But it seems everything is fine between the two as they were spotted paling at an Oscars party in 2012.

Taylor Swift and Gigi Hadid also share an ex: Joe Jonas. The “All Too Well” singer briefly dated the Jonas Brothers member in the early hours of the morning, and the relationship ended in an infamous phone call. In 2015, Hadid started dating Jonas but only dated him for a few months. However, everything is fine between Swift and Hadid; They are best friends to this day.

Meanwhile, Paris Hilton and Lucy Hale aren’t exactly best friends, but like the stars above, they also share an old flame: Chris Zylka.

Lucy Hale and Chris Zylka dated briefly in 2012

Paris Hilton and Lucy Hale may come from different social backgrounds, but they share an ex in Chris Zilka. The ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star first started dating Zilka in 2012, but it soon fizzled out after a few months. It didn’t seem like an amicable split when the ‘The Secret Circle’ actor dissed them on Twitter. “I don’t have a girlfriend. She decided she was too good,” he said in a since-deleted tweet (via E! News).

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Zilka later apologized for his comment and issued a lengthy statement full of praise for Hale. “I want to apologize for my previous comments,” he wrote (via Us Weekly). “Lucy is not only one of the most talented people I’ve ever met, but also one of the most beautiful, inside and out. Anyone who has ever seen her or had the pleasure of knowing her knows that this is true.”

Hale dated actor Graham Rogers, whom she once described as “such a sweetheart.” She said they were friends at first and the relationship soon blossomed into a romance. “He’s a good guy,” she told Us Weekly. “And I’m past the bad boy stage.” They didn’t last long, however, and eventually broke up after taking a romantic trip to Hawaii.

Paris Hilton was once engaged to Chris Zylka

Unlike Lucy Hale, Paris Hilton had a much deeper relationship with Chris Zylka. They were longtime friends before they became lovers — and they even got engaged once.

“I’ve never been more confident in my life,” Hilton said of their relationship in 2017, per E! News. “He’s so incredible in every way… We’ve only started getting serious in the last few months and it’s really changed my life in so many ways and brought so much happiness into my life… He’s perfect for me.” Zylka popped the question in 2018 while vacationing in Aspen — and at the time, it seemed like they were in it for the long haul. “I’ve never felt so happy, safe and loved,” Hilton told People, and Zylka said, “I feel like the luckiest man in the world to be marrying the woman of my dreams.”

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Unfortunately, they didn’t get the chance, as Hilton called off the engagement eight months later. She said that her feelings got the best of her, and while she adores Zylka, she doesn’t see them growing old together. “I’m really having my ‘me time’ right now. I just feel like when I fall in love, I fall in love fast and hard, and it was that whirlwind romance,” she said on The Talk, per E! News. “I wish him the best and one day I would love to get married and have children. But right now, I’m just concentrating on me and my work.” Of course, Hilton eventually made her happy now that she’s married to Carter Reum.