Carrie Underwood says her relationship with Chace Crawford was a publicity stunt

I didn’t even remember that Carrie Underwood and Chace Crawford were together in 2008 as some sort of couple. I’m really reporting this because I think Carrie is calling out Chace Crawford for staging fake relationships. She told Now! Magazine (dubious source, but still) that she was unsure why Chace was with her back then and feels like it was a publicity stunt. Here’s what she said, and you can tell Carrie is parsing her words.

Carrie Underwood says dating Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford back in 2008 was definitely one of the biggest mistakes she ever made in the romance department. “In my heart, I knew it wasn’t right,” she told UK’s NOW Magazine. “You never really know why someone is with you. I feel like it was more of a publicity stunt.”

[From In Touch, print edition, May 28, 2012]

I looked up what Carrie said about the relationship at the time, and she admitted that they broke up over text message. She also said that the media made more out of it than it was. “It’s difficult while you’re dating because people always make a lot bigger deal of things than they actually are.”

So did Chace spurn her and is she getting back at him for using her for fame, or is she saying that they never really had much going on? Back in 2008 there were plenty of rumors about Chace and his costar Ed Westwick, who were living together at the time. Those two laughed it off and denied there was anything romantic going on between them. Chace was also spotted vacationing with N Sync singer JC Chasez in 2008, and Chasez similarly denied a relationship with him.

Carrie has a history of talking smack about her exes so this doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s calling out Chace for staging a fake relationship. She told Esquire that her song “Cowboy Casanova” wasn’t about her ex, Tony Romo, because “I would never immortalize a guy that did me wrong. I would never give him that much credit.” What about “Before He Cheats?”

Chace Crawford is now said to be interested in ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews. According to US Weekly’s latest print edition the two have gone on dates “a couple times” and “they’re getting to know each other.” A source close to Andrews says “she only sees him as a friend.”

Update: Thanks to those of you who pointed out that Tony Romo is now married to Chace’s sister, Candice Crawford, with whom he just had a baby. So that may be affecting Carrie’s view of her relationship with Chace quite a bit.

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  1. Embee says:

    I believe her, and I think it is hilarious that she’s calling him out on it.

  2. birdie says:

    Funny that Chase’s sister is now Tony Romo’s wife.

    • Maguita says:

      Exactly! If I remember correctly, Romo dumped her because “he chose to concentrate on his then thriving career”.

      Hope she opened the door for a tidbit of tit-for-tat: I am quite sure that she has some skeletons in her closet, while viciously climbing to the top. I’m betting her “honesty” could bring forth some honest stories about her too. Ungracious brat.

      I don’t often agree with Lainey’s vicious mean-girling ways, but in this case, yeah, Country B-tch is a right and fitting moniker.

  3. Relli says:

    I have always thought it was weird that Romo and Chase both dated her and not that far apart. Like when they get wasted do they compare notes? Have they discussed her?

    I am not a big country music fan but i heard an interview with her last night on Radio Q on NPR and she kind of blew me away, in a good way.

    • TheOriginalVictoria says:


      I honestly think that if Ed were full out gay (he pings but not hard core) he would be a lot more open about it. Maybe I’,m confusing him with anything goes Chuck Bass.

      my new stance on all men whether in Hollywood or not is that they are all gay until proven other wise. LOL. The DL epidemic in Philly is REAL ya’ll.

      • Tiffany says:

        I think every man in Hollywood has been CALLED “gay”, but that doesn’t mean they are gay. The funny thing about that accusation is that you can’t prove it one way or the other without a sex tape.

        I have known people who have been called “gay” repeatedly on blogs, even though they were completely heterosexual. I think the public finds it more fun think of stars as having these secret lives, because it is pretty boring to think that they are just normal people with unusual jobs. Crazy stuff happens, but crazy stuff also happens in the burbs.

    • lil ole me says:

      WAIT WAIT WAIT— WHAT???? You mean Tony Romo’s wife is married to a man who slept with/dated THE SAME WOMAN AS HER BROTHER???? They say when you sleep with someone, you’re also sleeping with everyone that person has been with. Sooooo, ummmmm……. Can’t. Process. This.

      • TheOriginalTiffany says:

        No. Tony. Carrie dated both guys. Chases
        ‘s SISTER married Romo.

        Unless Chase and Tony had some dude on dude action😜

      • Jamie says:

        Tiffany, that’s what she described.

        ‘Tony Romo’s wife is married to a man who slept with/dated THE SAME WOMAN AS HER BROTHER???? T’

        Meaning Candace who is married to Tony is with the same guy Carrie was and Carrie ‘dated’ Candace’s brother.

  4. Aria says:

    Gay vibe

  5. kpist says:

    Chase has those elf ears like LOTR elves.

  6. SCREEEE says:

    Now he’s close friends with Matthew Morrison, who’s also straight, right?

    *side eye*

  7. T.C. says:

    The Erin Andrews thing is a publicity stunt. He is either gay or really in need of attention.

    • Marjalane says:

      Yeah well, Erin Andrews is no stranger to playing the beard, so it’ll work.

  8. someone says:

    it’s kinda creepy because Erin Andrews sorta looks like his sister than a possible love Interest IMO…

    • kim says:

      UMM both Carrie AND erin andrews look EXACTLY like candice. its beyond creepy.

      as for tony romo and candice crawford i cant with the football-player-marries-blond-beauty-queen-turned-news-anchor-in-texas story. SOOO Cliche

  9. flutters says:

    I don’t really get how Before He Cheats is an example of Carrie immortalizing an ex? I mean I know what the song is about but I don’t think it’s ever been characterized as a depiction of her real life? I just thought that was a kind of hilarious hit song she had a lot of fun with.

    There’s a little more to what Carrie said. Further quoting from the interview (scan here:

    Now: You were last in Now when you split with Chace in 2008….
    CU [sarcastically]: Yay, lucky me!

    Now: Why didn’t it work out?
    CU: In my heart, I knew it wasn’t right. You never really know why someone is with you. I feel it was more of a publicity stunt.

    Now: Really?
    CU: No one ever said “Let’s pretend to be together.’ It wasn’t like that.

    Now: But do you have suspicions?
    CU: Yeah, I’d call to make a reservation and the paparazzi would be there waiting for us. I was like ‘How did that happen?’ I didn’t do it.

    Now: Does that happen a lot?
    CU: Yes! So many celebrities do that. But I think it’s kind of icky.

    Now: Do you regret the relationship?
    CU: No, I was trying to find love and the person who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

    And so on.

    Though she’s very open talking about her husband now, I think Carrie’s genuinely one of those people who tries to keep most of her personal life private. There weren’t even any pictures of her with her husband until after they got engaged. So, I think Chace’s calling the paparazzi did piss her off. It was well known in Nashville that his team was leaking about their relationship to the tabloids too.

    It’s pretty much his team’s M.O. to try to pump up celeb status by linking their clients to pretty women. I believe Matt Morrison, JC Chasez, and Chace hang out a lot because they have the same manager.

    As far as Tony Romo, I believe he tried to get back together with Carrie during 1 of his many breakups with Jessica Simpson and that pissed Carrie off. I kind of like that she isn’t shy about calling them out for it, but she shouldn’t talk about it too much. A little surprised she even said anything at this point.

  10. Talie says:

    She’s a real life Betty Draper…she poisons people. She pulled some sh*t when Jessica Simpson was with Tony, saying that he still called her and of course Jessica took the bait and discussed it.

    • flutters says:

      The problem is, Tony DID call her. Only, it was during one of his mini-breakups with Jessica. The timeline’s pretty easy to follow: the Allure interview where Carrie made the comment took place the day before she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry (according to Allure), so it was early May 2008, right around the time of Ashlee Simpson’s wedding, also right around the time when everybody was abuzz about a Jessica/Tony breakup. Jessica and Tony would wind up getting back together after that, but I don’t believe Carrie knew that at the time she made the comment.

      So, not the most gracious comment about Tony Romo but I don’t believe it was something she was aiming at Jessica Simpson. It just turned out that way when the interview was published months later and Tony & Jessica had gotten back together. As far as Carrie’s propensity to talk a little smack about exes, I don’t know. It feels like she doesn’t do it that often and honestly, if they’ve been douches, I don’t blame her for saying something as long as she doesn’t dwell on it.

      But back to Tony Romo for a minute: the thing to know about him is that before getting married, he was a serial returner to previous relationships. In between dating Carrie and Jessica, he went back to dating a long time civilian ex (was photographed with her at an event – this is the one who dumped him right before he became the Cowboys starter). He also went on a couple dates with Candice Crawford before she went back to college (so: he was dating Candice around the time Carrie & Chace started dating). When there was trouble with Jessica, he tried to get back together with Carrie among others. And sure enough, after things ended with Jessica, he went back to Candice. And, that one has obviously worked out so congratulations all around.

  11. Tiffany says:

    No, she is not bitchy. She is just shy and reserved and comes off the wrong way. Yeah..okay.*side eye*

  12. Chatcat says:

    My question is – Are there any heterosexual men in Hollywood? I mean a true heterosexual man…not hiding behind a fake relationship with a chick or PR stunt dating with a chick?

    Before I get bashed, I am a supporter of all that is gay/lesbian but as a heterosexual woman I’d like to think that there is a male actor out there that I could turn his head and mean it because he is attracted to all things woman!

  13. My Darling Pinkett says:

    He’s been thought to be a big showmancer, anyway, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if this is true.

  14. corny says:

    duh, no surprise here

  15. Bissly says:

    I don’t believe her one second.All her miss-cute-as-pie is all an act.She doesn’t like being dumped by anybody and that is a fact.I dislike people who try to get back at their exes subtly.This is a double whammer.Dig at Chace and we all start thinking if he is a bad guy.Then maybe his sister isn’t all dat better and Tony settled for d wrong girl who just happens to have an ass hole brother who is Carries ex.She wins all through.

    • sowhat says:

      guess you must really hate on Taylor Swift then, because ALL her songs are about her exes!

      BTW, Carrie says she doesn’t sing about her life experiences…she uses music to play roles…

      Chace and Tony are both douches….

      • molly says:

        At least Taylor owns up to it. And not all of Taylors songs are about guys that she has dated, she said herself that she writes about her friends and even about people that she doesnt know and emotions that people feel and makes up stories to go with those emotions.

        Carrie just seems immature and bitchy. Im sure we will hear about her divorce in the next few years because unless her husband likes controlling girls, there is no way that they will last.

  16. Bisolar says:

    Crazy girl.She dares not mention Tony Romo so she does d next best thing.In a few years we are going to be hearing a lot less nice stories about her.mark my words.Her true picture is gonna come out.

  17. TG says:

    She is one of the cheesiest looking celebs I have ever seen. She looks exactly like some local county fair beauty queen what with her hair, makeup and clothes. Yuck. No sophistication anywhere to be seen.

  18. Jayna says:

    I think a lot of actors see the new hottest thing and pursue, and then lose interest after they score quickly. She was the new kid on the block with a vanilla face but a hot bod up on stage. he nailed her, liked the publicity, and used an often used line to dump her.

  19. stellalovejoydiver says:


  20. LeeLoo says:

    If she is still bitter of her exes after all these years then she’s pathetic. She needs to focus on the fact she married a good hockey player and overall nice guy. Egos get bruised all the time when someone breaks up with you. Deal.

    • Oi says:

      Yeah, this is so petty. Geez shes been married for a bit now. I think she says this shit to get her name out there. She’s not getting the mainstream attention she wants so she did this.

  21. Lol says:

    Lmfao at any poster stupid enough to think Carrie/Chase was anything but PR. She probably is a bitch but that doesnot make her wrong lol

  22. Mimi says:

    I’ve worked award shows where all the talent rehearse in no make-up and wearing comfy clothes. This chick comes in with a POUND of make-up at 7am to rehearse, snubbing her nose at people working behind-the-scenes. So phony, phony, phony.

    • Bisolar says:

      Interestingly enough.This isn’t the first time there’s been talk that she isn’t as-butter-wouldnt-melt-in-my-mouth as she puts outself out there.

      • Aren says:

        I’ve heard stories about her time in college that would shock people. Between her personl hygiene and what she would do on the weekends…..she isn’t all sweet and innocent.

  23. Jordan says:

    I honestly didn’t remember that they dated. I also had no idea about the Chace / J.C rumor…now that’s a rumor! And they would make a much better couple together.

  24. Amanda_M87 says:

    No surprised. Her hubby (Mike Fischer) is way hotter anyway. Good for her!

  25. Cel says:

    I don’t know much about either of these people, but I’m glad she has spoken about the possibility this was a stunt and therefore acknowledging that it happens.

  26. Aren says:

    I have a friend who was friends with her when she was in college and my friend told me about this back then. How Carrie was so hurt that she believed him and how he seemed to not care unless they were in public. It’s sad and I think she learned a great deal about the celebrity life through that.