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Ryan Seacrest's famous ex-girlfriends: the American Idol host's dating history revealed

The TV star has dated Julianne Hough, Teri Hatcher, and other high-profile women


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Jenni McKnight
US Lifestyle Editor
Updated: February 19, 2024
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American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has been dating his model girlfriend Aubrey Paige, 27, since May 2021, although they prefer to keep their relationship very private.

The 49-year-old has previously been romantically linked to several high-profile women, including actress Julianne Hough and Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher. See Julianne discuss an "awkward" reunion with her ex in the video below.

WATCH: Julianne Hough reunites with ex Ryan Seacrest nine years after split

Who has Ryan Seacrest dated?

Ahead of his return as the host of American Idol Season 22 on Sunday, join us as we look back at some of Ryan's famous ex-girlfriends…

Shayna Taylor 

Ryan and Shayna smiling on red carpet in black tie© Getty
Ryan and Shayna dated on and off for eight years

Ryan and Shayna were on and off for years before finally calling it quits on their relationship in June 2020. A representative for Ryan at the time said that he and Shayna ended their "romantic relationship amicably," but "remain good friends, each other’s biggest supporters, and will always cherish their time together as a couple".

They first got together in 2013 after meeting through mutual friends and dated for nearly a year before splitting in late 2014. They reunited in 2016 and dated for three years before splitting for a second time in February 2019.

Shayna Taylor and Ryan Seacrest smiling at table © Getty
Shayna Taylor and Ryan Seacrest attending the New York City Ballet 2019 Fall Fashion Gala

Months later, they rekindled their romance for a third time, walking the red carpet together at the 2019 New York City Ballet Fall Gala, before breaking up for good less than a year later.

Following the split, Shayna posted a quote on her Instagram, which read: "You will never need to convince the right person to love you. No matter what, you cannot change them, make them do the work, or get them to commit to you if they're not ready to show up."

Hilary Cruz

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Ryan and Hilary dated in 2015

Ryan was linked to the former Miss Teen USA, Hilary Cruz in June 2015 after they met through friends at his 40th birthday party. 

The pair were photographed together on several different occasions, and the model was even seen supporting Ryan at the American Idol season 14 finale.

Their romance must have been short-lived because, by late 2016, Ryan was known to have rekindled his relationship with Shayna again.

Julianne Hough

Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough at looking glam on red carpet © Getty
Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Ryan's relationship with former Dancing with the Stars professional and actress, Julianne Hough, lasted for a few years. 

The former couple started dating in 2010 but split three years later. They remain on good terms, even joking there was no awkwardness between them during an appearance on On-Air with Ryan Seacrest.

Following the demise of their romance, Julianne revealed to Redbook in 2014: "Every relationship, there was nothing wrong or bad, but there was nothing right. I had one foot out because I didn’t want to get hurt. And I didn't say what was on my mind because I didn't want to ruffle any feathers."

She added: "I needed to be perfect. But now I'm not holding anything back, because I'd rather get my heart broken than never know what it is to be completely, madly in love. If I had been this open in my last relationship, who knows?"

Teri Hatcher

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Ryan and Terri sparked dating rumours in 2006

In 2006, Ryan was spotted kissing Desperate Housewives star, Teri Hatcher. However, their romance wasn't meant to be as Teri revealed months later that Ryan had ended their romance before it even really began, telling her over the phone: "I don't think I can do this with you".

"I haven't seen him since that day," she added. Recalling their failed date years later, Teri said on The Wendy Williams Show in 2011: "We got set up on a blind date by a friend. It was years ago.

"It's fine. He's fine. He's great. I think I wore jeans and like a T-shirt and a sweater, it was kind of a rainy day. He's a smart guy, an interesting guy."

Shana Wall

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Ryan Seacrest and Shana Wall dated between 2003 and 2005

Ryan dated actress and model Shana Wall from 2003 to 2005, with the couple putting on a loved-up display at the 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards.

They sparked reconciliation rumors in 2016 after they were photographed out together arm-in-arm. However, just months later, Ryan's reunion with Shayna again put an end to other dating rumors.

Aubrey Paige

Ryan has been in a relationship with model Aubrey Paige since 2021. The couple are very private and have only been seen out on a handful of events together.

Most recently they were pictured at the Naeem Khan fashion show during New York Fashion Week. They also walked the red carpet for the premiere of the movie Halftime in June 2022 and were also spotted on holiday in Spain in July 2022.

Aubrey Paige and Ryan Seacrest dressed to the nines © Getty
Aubrey Paige and Ryan Seacrest attending the "Halftime" Premiere at the United Palace

Has Ryan Seacrest been married?

While Ryan dated several of his ex-girlfriends for many years, he has never been married. In the past, he has been open about why he's never wanted to tie the knot. "I love the idea [of getting married]," he once explained to former Live! co-host Kelly Ripa.

"I know you're going to ask me of marriage because my parents have been married for 47 years, and so I have this thing," he explained. "I figure the longer I wait, the older I'll be, the closer to death I am, so I can get it in, and not screw it up."

ryan seacrest and aubrey paige wearing matching pyjamas © Instagram
Ryan and Aubrey look smitten

While Ryan's attitude towards marriage has not changed much in the past few years, speaking on Live! in August 2022, the star hinted that maybe his current relationship was inspiring him towards starting a family.

Asked about settling down, Ryan said: "I'm happy. I'm happy in the present moment," before going on to say: "I think having kids at the right time would be great."

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