How fake is Ryan Seacrest’s “relationship” with Julianne Hough?


These are photos of “Hot New Couple” Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough on “vacation” last week. They’ve been a “couple” for less than a month, by my count. What struck me when I first saw these photos a few days ago was how posed they look. It’s one thing to look happy you’re being pap’d when you’re standing on the street and you’re Kate Bosworth – it’s quite another when you’re more focused on where the telephoto lenses are on a balcony three hundred yards away. Enough to smile at the photographers, as Ryan did. So… he called them to show off his “girlfriend” right? MSat wasn’t buying their relationship when she first heard about it either – and now that there are photos? Eh. But wait until you read the scene that Bauer Griffin sets:

Despite spending July 4th in St Tropez with his buddies surrounded by leggy blondes, Ryan Seacrest’s mind was clearly elsewhere. Julianne Hough, star of “Dancing with the Stars” was flying from the USA via Rome and Genoa to be with Ryan.

Julianne, who hopes to make it as a country singer, ran up the gangplank and gave Ryan a “full body hug”, planting a lingering, romantic kiss on his lips.

The couple were locked in an embrace until Ryan took Julianne’s hand and they cuddled together on a couch in full view of passers by.

After Julianne freshened up and changed into a colorful but simple dress and silver flip-flops, the lovebirds went onshore and strolled together along the seafront of the tiny, romantic Italian harbor of Portofino.

They were joined by friends, Ben Silverman and fiancee Jennifer Cuoco at a simple seafront restaurant and after a late lunch were picked up in the boat’s tender. They spent the rest of the day on Ryan’s yacht.

The boat left for a cruise in the direction of Monte Carlo.

[From Bauer Griffin]

Most important phrase: “in full view of passers by.” That was the point! Now, look – I’m not on some crusade to out all of the dudes I think are still in the closet. If you don’t lie about it publicly, I’m cool with whatever. But it’s when the lies start that I have a problem. Do I know for sure, for 100% accuracy that La Seacrest isn’t straight? Of course not. But I feel it in my bones. I feel it every time he speaks. And I also feel that everyone knows it. Even those people in middle America – the ones that Ryan will use an excuse to not come out. Am I wrong? Are there people out there who are like, “Ooh, girl, you should get a piece of Seacrest, he knows how to please a woman!”? No. That person doesn’t exist.



Ryan Seacrest & Julianne on July 7, 2010. Credit: Bauer-Griffin.

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  1. happymom says:

    Hmmmm-amazing that the paps managed to capture the exact moment when she arrives!

  2. Kaboom says:

    Beard much?

  3. LisaMarie says:

    As a “middle American”, I have to say that my gaydar still pings every time I see a photo or tv appearance.

  4. Sarah says:

    He looks adorable in those pictures but yeah I never once thought he was straight. But whatever, who cares.

  5. Westcoaster says:

    What is interesting is the quote ” Julianne, who hopes to make it as a country music singer” What better way for someone to get their name in the news than to be seen dating the host of one of the most popular shows on television? If Julianne gets a recording contract and then she and Ryan decide to break up, but remain “friends” then it will certainly appear like the two of them had a “arrangement” It all seems to be a little too perfect

  6. Tess says:

    La Seacrest!!!

    Says it all.

  7. mslewis says:

    Personally, I think it’s unfair to call someone “gay” when you have no idea if it is true or not. People are just guessing and it’s just not right.

    Also, if Julianne is a “beard” and is doing this for her career, I say SO WHAT?? Seacrest get’s a beautiful woman and Julianne gets to spend weeks on a beautiful yacht in pristine surroundings AND she get’s a load of publicity. Win-win situation in my book!! She’s an adult and should know what she’s doing and they aren’t hurting anybody. I don’t see a problem here.

  8. Crash2GO2 says:

    He looks genuinely happy in those photos. I don’t understand the endless speculation about mens’ sexuality that goes on on this site. :/

  9. Ogechi says:

    They are happy tgeda-PERIOD.

  10. jessie says:

    more importantly…he has a yacht?! WTF?

  11. Kind of convenient, isn’t it? She wants a music career; he wants to continue selling himself to middle America. Publicity plus for both of them. Unfortunately there is just no spark between them. For a new relationship where you have just run off to vacation in Italy together, there should be some heat. They act like it’s a performance and it is all for show. They both need to take acting lessons if they want to sell themselves this way is as this performance for the cameras is contrived. Not to mention that Ryan has history of tipping of the paps when he is on a ‘date’.
    I’m more concerned that he is developing Simon Cowell man boobs.

  12. lisa says:

    If he takes over for Larry King..that network is dead to me.. just like E.

  13. irena NL says:

    She ought to find a younger guy. So what if he’s rich, he gives me the creeps!

  14. artista says:

    I smell a new reality show. That is how Ryan is…find someone with little name recognition, get them on the cover of life & style, and produce awful slop on E!

  15. a says:

    i thought he did not like girls. nothing wrong with that yet it’s sad to have to pretend. : (

  16. TQB says:

    I’m sure it’s fake, but yeah, why should I care? It’s less sleazy to be someone’s fake BF/GF than to actually sleep with someone to get ahead. In fact, it’s not really sleazy at all. More power to her.

    (Sorry, was just reading a review of Kendra’s “book.”)

  17. Maritza says:

    I’m sure some guy would’ve outed him by now if he were gay. There would be some kind of picture or video around of him. The tabloids would pay big $$ for something like that. Until there is no evidence to the contrary I say he is straight.

  18. guesty says:

    @jessie…really…he has a yacht?? mind boggling.

  19. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I’ve always thought of him as more a-sexual. He’s too involved in getting his mug on tv and his voice on the radio that the effort of a relationship or sex isn’t important to him.

    And if he was gay, and wound up being exposed, couldn’t that potentially harm her career as a country singer? And why would a fairly successful woman in her own right wanna be some dude’s ‘beard’ anyway? I’ve never understood that idea…

  20. Steeze says:

    ryan doesnt seem like a bad guy… i dont know whether he is gay or not but i dont care… its his choice to present himself however he chooses and if he isnt hurting anyone why villainize him?

  21. Marjalane says:

    Gag me. Julianne Hough is the biggest sham famewhore to come out of Utah- well, unless you count her brother Derek. Trust- the end result of this “love” will be a reality show on E about Julianne’s journey to country stardom. She has “dated” any and everyone she’s ever danced with, and/or who she thinks will advance her career. PERFECT beard for creepy Ryan Seacrest. Eventually they’ll have a “mature, civilized, break-up” and Julianne will bravely continue with her show on “E”.

  22. JaisyMaisy says:

    She’s a total beard. Agreed.

  23. bellaluna says:

    I used to listen to Ryan on an LA radio station in the morning, along with Danny & Jamie. Danny & Jamie were HYSTERICAL! But when Ryan got AI and opened a restaurant and started getting so big for his britches that he quit the a.m. show, I quit Ryan. There’s no room for me in his life with his huge ego.

    Yeah, he’s gay, and deeply, deeply in denial. And E’s been dead to me (except for The Soup) for a long, long time.

  24. I Choose Me says:

    I agree with Crash. Who the eff cares? I for one don’t think he’s gay narcissistic certainly and really focused on his career but why do we put so much pressure on stars to ‘come out.’ So we can pat ourselves on the back and say we’re right? I feel the same way about Jake G. This rumor has persisted for years but there isn’t one shred of proof to date. In this new famehungry world of ours where the diritier the scandal the more we eat it up and everyone’s out to make a buck on the back of celebs, doesn’t anyone find it telling that not ONE man has stepped forward to claim that they’ve sexed up either Seacrest or Jake? Why, why is someone’s sexual preference so damn important? Your sexuality is but one aspect of your being. It does not solely define who you are as a person.
    /end rant

  25. Lauren says:

    If you listen to country music then you already know that Julianne Hough has a music career. She’s already had 2 or 3 songs that have been hits in the country world.

  26. Squirtle says:

    Did anyone notice how odd Ryan was behaving on American Idol last season…I don’t usually watch the show so maybe I’m misinterpreting something but he seemed at times to be almost….drunk? high? I don’t know he just seemed to be slurring at times and I just thought he looked awkward on stage….I think I’m sensing the early onset of a celebrity breakdown!…or not we will see.

  27. Melanie says:

    I don’t understand why you would be offended that he wants to pretend to be straight. His orientation isn’t your business.

  28. Anne says:

    I have to agree I don’t think he’s fooling that many people with his staged romantic photo op.

  29. original kate says:

    his smile kind of terrifies me.

  30. brenda says:

    There is no evidence that he is gay. I’m sorry, but it’s not cool to bash the guy just because you belive, with no basis, that he’s gay. My friend knows him and works with him. She says he is not gay. But we should just trust you becuase you “feel it in [your]bones.”

  31. Kim says:

    Ryan – come out come out wherever you r. I find it so sad when gay men stay in the closet because they think it will affect their career. They are living a lie – sad!

  32. Tia C says:

    This whole debate is funny to me. I’m in the camp that thinks he’s gay and is hiding it or perhaps (?) doesn’t realize it. I don’t really understand why people are offended that we take issue with him pretending to be something other than what he is. When you live your life in the public eye, you will be under scrutiny – that’s the nature of – um, what’s that thing called again? Oh yeah, FAME. C’est la vie!

  33. Jeri says:

    She’s trying to get her career going & he wants to be family friendly.

  34. Crash2GO2 says:

    @Tia C: I’m kind of the ‘live and let live’ mentality if they aren’t hurting anyone. Personally those kinds of discussions don’t titillate me. To each their own.

  35. Tiffany says:

    Get off this “Middle America” crap, we here in the midwest can be and or just as educated and worldly as east/west coasters and know what is going on in the world. Just because people that live on either coast thinks of us as ‘flyover country’, don’t think that we are clueless.

  36. Camille says:

    Its fake, fake, fake as hell!

    Yeah I don’t buy these PR looking shenanigans.

  37. Meanchick says:

    Ryan Seacrest? I thought she was with Dane Cook? Musical beds anyone?

  38. Alexis says:

    Seacrest must get hit on by gay men all the damn time.

  39. malachais says:

    Her self-titled debut album was released May 20, 2008, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and #3 on the Billboard 200. It sold 67,000 copies its first week, and has sold over 320,000 total copies. On October 12, 2008, she released a holiday album, Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection, which as of January 5, 2009, had sold 157,000 copies.

    I don’t consider that “successful” by any means. She seems to pickup on new acts just to stay relevant.

  40. Wayne Coxcsmith says:

    Countdown to baby…

  41. GatsbyGal says:


  42. Luvi says:

    100% PR driven

  43. la chica says:

    congrats to Julianne. get that $$ girl.

  44. uh huh says:

    Personally, I think he’s gay, but even if he isn’t this “relationship” smacks of publicity stunt. Their body language is incredibly forced.

  45. Dr_Venkman says:

    Isn’t it sad that he thinks he needs to do THAT?

  46. Patrice says:

    When you think about it, this is a match made in Heaven for these two! He (I assume) is closeted and she’s a devout Mormon who’s “pledged” to be a “virgin until marriage” so neither one of them has to be in fear of the other one trying to take that next step in bed. Im not being sarcastic…think about it. It might just work out well for a while. Now, if this ISN’T the case, then none of it makes any sense at all.

  47. Belle says:

    Brenda: Your “friend works with him” and therefore she knows his entire sexual history??? C’mon. How many of us discuss the deepest parts of our personal lives with CO-WORKERS? I don’t claim to know what his orientation is, but I will just say that there have been plenty of women who have MARRIED gay men and been completely in the dark about it…just sayin’

  48. Aspie says:

    I think he’s gay, we can speculate on that all day, nothing wrong with his supposed sexual orientation, but at the end of the day, it’s truly no one’s business. He’s under no obligation to come out of the closet (or not) until he’s ready. It’s his career choice and no one else’s. He doesn’t have to please anyone. No one should have to come out of the closet because others think “it’s the right thing to do.” Ugh, it’s your life.

    And yes, he’s still creepy too.