Taylor Kinney is best known for his work on Chicago Fire, but also rose to fame for not only dating but also being engaged to Lady Gaga. In 2016, the “Shallow” singer revealed to fans that Kinney popped the question. “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day and I said YES!” Gaga wrote in the caption of an Instagram post that included a snap of the heart-shaped ring the actor gave her.
Sadly, the couple never walked the aisle when Kinney and Gaga called it quits in July 2017, just over a year after their engagement. Apparently, the couple split around the time Gaga was working on “A Star Is Born,” as she discussed how their splits coincided with career milestones. “My love life just imploded. I sold 10 million [records] and lost Matt. I sold 30 million and lost Luke,” the singer said in her documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” which was released in 2017 (via Elle). “I was doing a movie and I lost Taylor,” she added. Though they split, Kinney and Gaga remained on good terms and continued to chat often and see each other occasionally, but were “just friends,” a source told Us Weekly in 2017.
When Kinney was single, he took the opportunity to test the dating pool waters. The actor was spotted kissing a “mystery woman” while visiting the area where he grew up in 2019, per the Daily Mail. Kinney later packed the PDA with another woman, who turned out to be his girlfriend.
Taylor Kinney and new girlfriend use PDA
The first time Taylor Kinney posted his girlfriend Ashley Cruger on Instagram was on March 3rd. The ‘Chicago Fire’ actor uploaded a snap of Cruger getting her nails done at a salon while giving him a wild look as he took the picture. “Why would you tell me that…” he wrote in the caption. Less than two weeks later, on March 15, Kinney posted another picture of his girlfriend to Instagram. This photo was a close-up of Cruger’s face, and he captioned the snap, “Inside Out.”
The next month, in April, the Vampire Diaries alumna brought Cruger to an event in Utah. They competed in Operation Smile’s 10th Annual Celebrity Ski and Smile Challenge and expressed their love by kissing multiple times on the red carpet, per Extra. Years earlier, in 2016, the actor attended the same event with Lady Gaga while they were engaged, per InStyle.
Aside from the semi-cryptic Instagram posts, Kinney hasn’t shared much information about his girlfriend. Cruger is a model signed to BMG Models in their Chicago office where Kinney films his hit show. Although not much was known about the relationship, shortly after their relationship was confirmed, rumors surfaced that the couple could be very serious.
Some believe Taylor Kinney is walking down the aisle
Six years after Taylor Kinney was engaged to Lady Gaga and just months after his relationship with Ashley Cruger was confirmed, speculation has swirled that the Chicago Fire star is engaged again. There was no announcement from Kinney or his girlfriend, but Cruger did upload a photo to Instagram on June 24 that many have speculated about. In the picture, Kinney wore a silver band on his ring finger, per Hello! Keen-eyed fans began to wonder if the couple was planning to tie the knot. One tweeted: “So Taylor Kinney is engaged?”
In addition to performing together across the United States, the pair also embarked on travel that indicated things were getting serious. In June, they were photographed on vacation at Lake Como, Italy, according to Just Jared. Later that month, Kinney showed his faith in Cruger when he uploaded another snap of her to Instagram on June 27. In the photo, he was kneeling next to a tattoo gun and appeared to be preparing Kinney’s leg for new ink. The actor included a series of hashtags in the caption, including “#SunOfAGun.”
Fans took to the comments section to show their support for the couple. “Beautiful, I always want to see them together!!! Nothing else matters, the misfits are made of wood!!” A follower wrote on Kinney’s post. Another was a fan of the couple but not the new ink. “I’m happy that only fans who have nothing to say count [but] no more tattoos please???” they wrote.