What really happened between the busy Phillips and Colin Hanks?

The busy Philipps has been as open as she felt it needed regarding the romantic side of her life, even when it came to being candid about her split from husband Marc Silverstein. In May, the star revealed that she and Silverstein had been separated for more than a year as she revealed why she decided to keep the news rocking for so long. “There’s sort of a conventional notion of what a person should do in public when their relationship ends, and it’s very well established, isn’t it?” she asked on her podcast, Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best. “You make a statement, you pledge to remain friends, ‘Please respect our privacy and our family’s privacy at this time,’ right? But the truth is, like, who made that rule, you do it like that?” She then pointed out. The two dated from 2006 to 2021.

But it sounds like there really isn’t much to talk about when it comes to Philipps’ love life. According to Who Dating Who, the star has only been publicly romantically linked to two men, the other being none other than Colin Hanks. Who knew!? Yes, it turns out these two have a somewhat romantic history that came to light during a not-at-all-awkward television interview.

Busy Philipps and Colin Hanks dated in college

Long before Busy Philipps married Marc Silverstein, she dated Colin Hanks while they were in college (yes, Hanks’ dad is exactly who you think he is!). “We met when I was 18 and Colin was 19,” Philipps revealed while co-hosting Live with Kelly with Kelly Ripa in January 2017. “We’re very, very close friends now. His wife and I are close, he and my husband hang out. We’re going on vacation together. He’s very happy that I’m here.”

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The former ‘Cougar Town’ star and Ripa then interview Hanks together, with the ‘King Kong’ actor admitting they actually spend a lot of time with their families. “I have moments where I’m like, ‘How cool that we knew each other in that defining moment?'” he shared, admitting that they’re forever connected through all the great things they’ve been through , as they tried to make it as an actor together. “We got to experience all the really special moments in a young actor’s life together,” Hanks said.

But that wasn’t the only time the two alluded to the fact that the two are still close after their romance. Back in 2017, Philipps tagged her ex on Twitter after seeing an In Style article that claimed anyone wanting to be friends with their ex had to be a “psychopath.” The star quoted the tweet alongside several shrugging emojis.

Why did Busy Philipps and Colin Hanks split?

It sounds like nothing too dramatic happened between Busy Philipps and Colin Hanks to end their romantic relationship since they’ve managed to remain such good friends, and it sounds like they’re both ready to take responsibility for the end of things. “We were young. we were babies Honestly, I was an idiot,” Philipps admitted on “Live with Kelly,” which went under, to which Hanks added, “And so was I.”

Following that television interview, the two even returned together to their alma mater, Loyola Marymount University, in 2019 to host Philipps’ now-defunct E! show “Busy Tonight,” in which Hanks pointed out the exact location on campus where they met, and the former couple reminisced by returning to a place they used to sit together while dating look at photos. “I can’t believe how far we’ve come and how we really set out to achieve our dreams. It’s so wild,” said Philipps to her ex.

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Hanks also has nothing but praise for his former girlfriend. After Philipps tweeted a photo of himself in Freaks and Geeks in April 2020, alongside the caption, “Me at 20. Will I win what?” Hanks then responded, “Cult status and the hearts of millions.” Awww!