Emma Roberts named as other party in Hayden Christensen Rachel Bilson split

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This is pretty interesting gossip but we didn’t get to it yesterday as we were overwhelmed by Weinstein news. Remember how we heard last month that Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson had broken up after nine years together? They have a three year-old daughter, Briar Rose, and lived a very low-key lifestyle. They were engaged in 2009 but broke up in 2010 and go back together again, never getting engaged or married. US Weekly had the exclusive about their breakup and US has had exclusives about their relationship for years, so I would assume Rachel gives them the details. Well now US has confirmed through a source that Rachel busted Hayden, 36, texting his costar Emma Roberts, 26. This story originated at a site I’ve never heard of called The Blast but US’s confirmation gives it legitimacy.

Emma Roberts was at the center of Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen’s split, a source confirms to Us Weekly.

According to The Blast, Bilson found text messages between Christensen and his Little Italy costar, which led the Hart of Dixie alum to believe that the two were having an inappropriate relationship.

[From US Magazine]

That’s about all The Blast says too, that Bilson “found text messages between Christensen and Roberts [and] ended things with Christensen shortly after discovering the messages.” Been there. Also, that fact that there aren’t additional sordid details or breathless insider quotes with useless filler information makes this sound true. This is told in such a matter-of-fact way that it points to Bilson. If so, she said her piece to the tabloids. She found text messages, you can speculate as to the content but they were enough for her to bolt. I would bet that Christensen is pissed this news is out, he seems to really dislike press and the Hollywood machine. Roberts is in no way a good match for him in that respect. He’ll learn that the hard way.




There are new photos of Hayden and Rachel meeting earlier this week to do a custody handoff. You can see those on The Daily Mail. Photos here credit: Backgrid, Getty and WENN

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  1. STRIPE says:

    The Blast was started by former high-up TMZ staff who had a falling out with Harvey Levin.

    • Erica_V says:

      I’ve started adding it into my gossip blog rotation! it’s a good site.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      Being staunchly disassociated from TMZ strikes me as a recommendation. I used to enjoy that site but I loathe it and all its pervasive sexism now.

  2. Rapunzel says:

    At least Emma’s leaving Evan Peters alone.

    • Froggy says:

      I came here to comment the same thing. Hopefully he stays away from her.

    • Neva_D says:

      I didn’t even know they’d split (again). Those two seem to have such a pattern of making up and breaking up. It seems healthier for both of them (especially him) if they just call it quits for good.

      • FF says:

        She always seemed more invested in the relationship than him, even if you were just looking at their body language in photos. It almost looked like she adapted to what he wanted once they were in a relationship.

        So, to my mind, something like this texting issue probably happened before and she let it go but this time, that was that.

        Total speculation on my part, of course.

      • Maisie says:

        OMG, Bilson is a beard and now Roberts is an “other woman beard.” This whole thing is a PR fantasy designed to get some B-lister TV actors some play, and to keep a former A- film actor in the closet because he has a chance to show up in a Star Wars prequel, which is a kids’ movie. Sheesh.

  3. tifzlan says:

    I thought Emma is engaged to Evan Peters? Not that that prevents cheating or anything but she also physically abused him out of jealousy or other kind of thing like that too no?

    • bros says:

      she gives me such snotty trash vibes.

    • SKF says:

      I have a lot of male friends and I have had a range of experiences with their various partners. In my experience the jealous ones who are obsessed with the idea that there might be something between me and my male friends (their partners) are the ones who are cheating themselves.

      • Neva_D says:

        I too have way more male friends than female friends (I work in a male dominated field, so there aren’t many other women at my workplace), and I’ve had similar experiences.

        With every new male coworker I become friends with (or when a pre-existing male friend gets a new gf), I go through the period where the gf/wife assumes I’m secretly pining after their man. I scale back all contact outside of work and all of my text messages are clear in their meaning so that nothing can me misinterpreted or taken out of context, and I never text after dark. When I’m at work events with the gf/wife, I make an extra effort to talk to her and get to know her and erase this vision of me she has in her mind. I get that non-sexual male/female friendships are a bit non-traditional, but at the same time it’s exhausting, because I’m not that person who goes after people in relationships.

        There was one gf who was the worst. She was suspicious waaaaay beyond the normal amount. She would constantly confront me at work parties telling me I needed to stay away from him and she ‘knew’ what I was up to. She called me one night telling me I needed to stay away from him and stop trying to go after him, and a week later, my coworker ended up catching her with ex-bf.

      • tealily says:

        I doubt she’s leaving her long term partner over extreme paranoia or blaming him because she herself is cheating. My guess is that there was something pretty concrete in those texts.

      • Ladidah says:

        Huh, interesting. i know lots of military wives who get upset when their husbands befriend a woman simply because of the emotional intimacy that develops when their husband is spending months deployed with someone.

        I guess I would argue that if the wife or gf is upset, IME it means she worries about emotional intimacy issues? not necessarily cheating?

    • SKF says:

      @tealily I was referencing Emma’s behaviour with Evan, not Rachel leaving Hayden. This was the comment I was replying to:

      “I thought Emma is engaged to Evan Peters? Not that that prevents cheating or anything but she also physically abused him out of jealousy or other kind of thing like that too no?”

      In Rachel’s case I mean, clearly there was evidence!! And I think there are men who behave inappropriately and that’s why their partners get suspicious or jealous. I also think there are cases where the female friend is being inappropriate and/or their is emotional cheating going on. I wasn’t referring to any of this in my comment.

      What I was referring to was girls who are pathologically jealous of any female in their partner’s lives and obsessed with cheating even when everything is above board and no one is behaving inappropriately. With my male friends I always cut down on physical affection etc. when they have a partner (or new partner because the long term ones I’m very close to too and we’re all super affectionate), I’m always hyper aware of being appropriate and I always pay special attention to the partner, try to befriend them, make them feel happy and comfortable, invite them to things without their partner / my male friend, etc. Despite all of this, some are pathologically jealous and try to force their partner to end their friendships with me. Which just isn’t going to happen. In my experience the ones like this all ended up being cheaters themselves.

      Now, if I had been behaving inappropriately then they’d have every right to be pissed off or jealous, but since that wasn’t the case, this is what I was referring to above. This is the category I suspect Emma falls into.

      • Ella says:

        Wow you go to a lot of trouble to explain you’re a flirt. And yes, most women won’t like you for it.

      • Railyn says:

        You are the kind of woman I would not allow my husband to “be friends with”. Every single thing you said is so self serving and disgusting.

      • Infjay says:

        Interesting replies as I read your same words but heard nothing untoward in them. Been in love and married for over 20 years.

      • SK says:

        @Ella and @Railyn okay crazy ladies? How the hell did you read “flirt” into me saying I’m hyper-aware of how girlfriends and partners feel and therefore super respectful and aware of how we are around each other? You sound like the kind of people who don’t believe in male-female friendships.

        For the record, of my close male friends in relationships, none of the jealous ones lasted precisely because they were nuts and the relationships were unhealthy. The current partners of my close circle of male friends are my very close friends too. I was the maid of honour for one of them (in fact when we were young and he was behaving like a douche he told me to stop taking her side and I told him to stop behaving like a selfish d*ckhead and I would!). I was invited by the most recently married pair to give the only reading in their wedding ceremony. I flew 30 hours each way for 2 days of wedding to be there.
        We are all super close and have had the best times ever. Not one of these long-term partners has ever seen me as a threat.

        One good friend from another group of friends I have whose girlfriend and now wife was initially a bit jealous (but never showed it) hung out with me a couple of times and apologised extensively because she realised I am so far from that person. We’ve since become good friends.

        I am “one of the boys” and my relationships with my male friends are completely platonic. They’ve never been anything but. I have no sexual interest in my male friends and I do not flirt with any of them. To be called a flirt is really offensive actually and all of my mates would laugh if they heard that because it is so far from the reality.

        I’m always respectful of the ladies in their lives and always make a huge effort to befriend them. I was one of only 3 girls to befriend one girlfriend who was ostracised by all the other female friends of another friend (not my main group of friends). I wrote a reference for her to get her de-facto visa and even after they split up she and I remained friends. In fact I’m still friends with many of my male friends’ exes. I had one girl tell me I am the one woman she would trust with her boyfriend / my friend (he actually cheated on her a couple of times which I also told him off about). I’ve been invited to the weddings of several of my male friends’ ex-girlfriends.

        The pathologically jealous ones, on the other hand, were controlling, usually cheaters and very dramatic and emotionally damaging. Their jealousy came from nowhere. One cheated on my friend in front of all of us at a camping festival, then came on a road trip and stayed with my family, everyone was super nice to her, then she told him he could no longer be friends with me despite the fact that he was my best friend and we were never inappropriate whereas she cheated on him numerous times. Another one ended up stalking him and sleeping with all of his friends to try and punish him for breaking up with her. She even broke into his house once and stood crying at the end of his bed while he slept. He had broken up with her because she was nuts and a liar and emotionally abusive. Unhealthy relationships like the one I was referencing between Emma and Evan on my original comment.

        So you know what, go away you silly women and know that I find your judgments absolutely hilarious. I wouldn’t even bother to respond but I’m killing time and honestly, ridiculousness like that needs to be put down. Other women are not the enemy you seem to think they are.

      • lily says:

        What is the “physical affection” that you cut back on when the girlfriend is in the picture? Like if you are “one of the guys” I’ve never noticed guy friends being affectionate in away that the would have to reign in so oh my the girlfriend might get jealous. And it will never happen that a guy friend would break ties with you over a real girlfriend. If he were really interested and serious about the girlfriend yes. Yes you would lose your ego boost.

  4. Mia4s says:

    Wait isn’t she still engaged to Evan Peters again..err…again? Or was that ten minutes ago?

    Oh Hayden. Dumb move buddy. And if he wants to stay away from the Hollywood game this is not the girl for you.

    • third ginger says:

      Evan Peters actually has talent. Sad that he is tabloid fodder, but he dates or did date Roberts. The young people confuse me.

  5. detritus says:

    My brother in law is potentially starting a business with Hayden.
    He is apparently still talking about Rachel very warmly, like shes still his partner.
    My BIL had no idea they were separated, I think he may even be still refering to her as his wife.

    • Sophia's Side eye says:

      I had an ex do somthing like that after a breakup. I ran into a couple of his close friends about three months later and they both were asking me how he was. I told them wed broken up months before. They were shocked as they’d seen him many times since them and he’s made it seem we were still together? It was awkward.

      Or, maybe they’re still together and this is all just gossip.

  6. OSTONE says:

    Hayden will regret it. Seriously makes me sick how much people (men especially, let’s be honest here) seek so much validation and be told they are attractive. Risking losing your family is not worth it, and for volatile, abuser, entitled Emma Roberts no less.

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    • M says:

      Actually, zodiac sign wise, he’s Aries, Rachel is Virgo, Emma is Aquarius. Aries – Aquarius a really breathtaking match, I can guarantee. Aries – Virgo = you must be kidding, totally incompatible. Virgo’s are to controlling, Aries and Aquarius are creative, visionary, adventurous, ferociously independent especially business-wise, risk-takers. I can understand why he was attracted to her.

      • SKF says:

        You know, this stuff is just utter bullsh*t. My paternal grandmother and aunt treated me differently from my sister and cousins because of my detailed astrological and numerology charts. According to them I was (a) going to lead a charmed life, and (b) be “one for the boys” (ie: a slut) (neither is true btw) therefore they treated me accordingly. Due to this charmed life I was going to lead, I obviously didn’t need as much love, attention and help as the others. Indeed I was reduced and put down and back because I needed some balance or something. Then when I was 14 (and had kissed one boy) I got a speech from my nan about how she was worried I was turning into a slut. At the time, I had no idea or understanding that this speech and treatment was coming from my astrology chart. It hurt me so much and permanently damaged my relationship with my nan. Something she apparently realised when I was about 16 and tried to salvage but by then the damage was done. I loved her, but we were never close. Astrology is a crock of sh*t. It is not real. You cannot decide relationships off this. People born on the same day or in the same month are not all the same. It’s a silly fun thing, not something to base your life and relationships off.

      • WhatwasThat? says:

        O.K..I am a Scorpio!…who should I be looking for?!🤔😻

      • M says:

        What you say here is something else. It is well documented how people have natural inclinations that can be influenced by the month when they were born, I speak from experience. I can guess someone’s sign with relative accuracy just my observing them, if not the sign itself than just the element (fire, earth, water, air). As you grow older, especially if you like to study & observe people, you will notice striking similarities&patterns between people of the same sign. Astrology doesn’t dictate, only offers an insight for personal development.

      • M says:

        You can try Cancer, Sagittarius (atypical but know many couples who made it)…

      • Asiyah says:

        I’m a Virgo and I’m not controlling of my partner. So basically Rachel is sort of at fault because of her birthday? LOL

      • ichsi says:

        @SKF I’m very sorry to hear that. Astrology has become some sort of religion in a increasingly secular society and some people take it far FAR too seriously.
        @M Sources?

      • M says:

        @ichsi Sources? Just google, get some books, study some more, plenty of theoretical or experience-based knowledge out there…

      • ichsi says:

        @M Well Google shows me this https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrology_and_science so I’m not particularly convinced of your point.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      I think this happens very often with a certain type of man when children enter the dynamic. Fathers becomes jealous of time & attention children require, and seek attention elsewhere.
      I have seen that type of immaturity with fair frequency over the years and it always makes me sad for the kids. Some men are terribly immature.

  7. Bluetop says:

    Rachel should borrow Julia’s shirt. Just change it to A Low Emma 😂

    • Shambles says:

      But if the gossip situations really did mirror each other, wouldn’t Emma have to wear the shirt since she is the other woman? Which is ALL kinds of ironic considering she is bratty Julia Robert’s bratty neice. An apple and a tree and all that…

    • holly hobby says:

      Yep apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  8. Dorothy#1 says:

    Isn’t Emma Roberts engaged to the actor from AHS and the X-men movies?

  9. grabbyhands says:

    Yikes. If this is true, talk about a major downgrade for him.

  10. Brianne says:

    Bilson looks so much like Kaia Gerber! Especially in those sunglasses. It’s uncanny. Too bad about Hayden being another disappointment. I’m glad she left instead of accepting his wandering dong as part and parcel of life in Hollywood. She (and all women) deserves better.

    • Coraline says:

      I find Bilson prettier than Gerber, she was absolutely adorable in her OC days, Rachel just had that spark that made her shine. Gerber is still too young and too new to the public for us to see what her personality is like.

      • Kitten says:

        Did you ever see Hart of Dixie? She was so cute on that show. Between HOD and The OC, I have a really soft spot for Rachel so this story pisses me off.

        Admittedly, I’m really down on men lately (my BF excluded) so maybe this is angering me more than usual.

      • Carrie1 says:

        Same. I’ve always thought Bilson was a mini version near clone of Cindy Crawford actually. I enjoy all her work, and she is on Nashville these days tho I haven’t caught latest episodes.

        Emma Roberts….ugh not a fan. I feel sorry for her now. Seems she inherited the jerk genes in her DNA.

      • G says:

        I have always adored Bilson, and always despised Roberts — so this doesn’t surprise me, but it does make me weirdly angry on Bilson’s behalf. I know cheating is cheating, but Roberts? Insult to injury.

        And yeah, Bilson is much pretty than Kaia (who is just another nepotism model).

    • Erinn says:

      I always thought Rachel was super pretty. I had major hair envy. Hopefully he’ll get his shit together and be a better influence to his daughter than he currently is.

    • Lulu says:

      She’s more striking than Kaia. I think Emma is a down grade from Rachel especially with her personality.

  11. Shambles says:

    OH SH!T. Escandaloso!

    I hate that a marriage was broken, but I’m kind of happy for just a plain old juicy gossip story that doesn’t involve rape, racism, nukes, a psychopath president, a corporate coverup conspiracy, or certain death, you know??

    That said, Emma Watson has always been kind of an asshole, no? She sucks. Of course, Hayden is to blame for breaking up his marriage, and it sucks to find out that my childhood crush is disgusting, but that doesn’t make Emma less of a little tw*t here.

    • detritus says:

      she’s always been horrid.

      I’m just glad this might mean Peter Evans got away.

    • Chinoiserie says:

      Emma Roberts not Watson.

      • Shambles says:

        OMG how did I do this!?!? Of course, Emma Roberts not Watson. I LOVE Emma Watson with all of my being and she doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Emma Roberts. I’m sorry, EW, forgive me!

    • Kitten says:

      True but it involves the dissolution of what appeared to be a loving marriage, one that produced a child as well.


  12. Alleycat says:

    I love Rachel’s shirt in that second picture. Ugh I’ve loved Rachel since The OC. Emma Roberts is such a brat, I’ve heard lots of stories of her being rude af. FREE EVAN PETERS.

  13. HelloSunshine says:

    Wait, I thought Emma and Evan were back together and engaged again? Did I miss their millionth break up announcement?
    I hope it is not true and they just broke up amicably. I liked them as a couple and they were low key.

    • Molly says:

      I don’t think it would matter to Emma if she was together and engaged herself. Affairs are selfish like that.

  14. anna222 says:

    The surprising part to me is that he was fooling around with a woman.

    • WhatwasThat? says:

      Yes!..I had always thought she was a beard!
      Infact I had read this “scandal” is PR driven to help Hayden get some sort of new role and that Ms Roberts wasn’t so keen!
      Trouble is with all things going on you began to believe it’s all a ‘conspiracy ‘!!!🙀

      • anna222 says:

        Yep. I read so much cdan about five years ago that a part of me believes everyone is gay? Because of course I should trust an anonymous dude on the internet!
        Sidebar: I really want Rachel to get a role on the dynasty reboot that the GG team is making, because I love her on tv.

      • WhatwasThat? says:

        She seems a lovely woman..as I am in the U.K. I don’t know her as well…and Hayden C only due to his awful Darth Vader..so I think of him as a whiny brat..perfect for Emma!

  15. kibbles says:

    Christensen had a good thing with Bilson. Too bad so many of these men don’t try harder to control themselves. I agree with Roberts is not a good match for him. She won’t stick around as long as Bilson has. On a superficial note, I find Bilson much more attractive than Roberts. The only reason why Roberts is even around is because of her name affiliation with Julia Roberts. She is nothing special.

  16. minx says:

    What a downgrade, Rachel Bilson to Emma Roberts.

  17. word says:

    Aunt Julia taught her well.

  18. JA says:

    Roberts is a talentless product of Hollywood’s nepotism machine. The countless stories about this chick prove she craves and brings the drama. Hayden is a douche noozle if he actually went for her… Rachel seems like a nice lady so good luck and good riddance.

    • Lexter says:

      Haha disagree – she was hilarious on Scream Queens and she did a good job in Nerve

      • Molly says:

        She’s GREAT on Scream Queens. I suspect the character is similar to her real self, but whatever gets the job done, I guess.

  19. Valois says:

    I’m sure Evan won’t dump her over this (if true). I’d bet money on it. :/

  20. Amelie says:

    Ever since I’ve rewatched the Star Wars movie Revenge of the Sith I can’t take Hayden seriously. I was young when the prequels came out so the cheesiness and campiness factor was lost on me but watching him try to convey Anakin’s descent into darkness is too ridiculous for me to watch. Not that I blame him, the prequels were ridiculous to begin with and never needed to be made (who cares how Darth Vader became Darth Vader?? Was anyone clamoring for that storyline George Lucas?) but has he done anything else that is decent?

    Also Emma Roberts is about as interesting as a wet sponge.

    • smcollins says:

      I highly recommend Shattered Glass or Life as a House. He displayed actual acting chops in those films. The SW prequels were nobody’s friend.

      • Neva_D says:

        Life as a House is the only thing I’ve seen Hayden in, and he was incredible! That movie really is wonderful.

  21. teacakes says:

    Huh. Tale as old as time, man cheating on his longtime partner with a younger model.

    Good on Rachel for getting the hell out, I’ve always liked her and hope there are good things in her future. Emma Roberts is a huge downgrade from Bilson, no matter how many books she pretends to read on instagram.

  22. lucy2 says:

    Yikes. I guess those texts were a little more than “hey, how are you?”. Really dumb move by Hayden, and now his wife and kid will suffer for it too.
    Emma seems like a total mess, and not a sympathetic one.

  23. cindy says:

    She is gonna eat him alive.

    On a shallow note, he is physically the most beautiful man I have ever seen. Too bad he’s a creep, but I wouldn’t expect anything else from 2017. I do appreciate some regular gossip though, what a relief.

  24. WendyNerd says:

    Seriously, what is it about Emma Roberts that makes men lose their GD minds?! Like, I hate to say this, but by Hollywood standards, she’s not exactly breathtaking. Rachel Bilson is definitely prettier. Emma is known to be a miserable person overall. I keep hearing idiot men talking about “not getting with crazy chicks”, yet they always seem to gravitate towards the worst, then complain about women. So sick of this BS.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Isn’t there some male school of thought that the wildest sex can be had with the craziest chicks? Maybe she has borderline personality disorder. *shrugs*

    • Alexandria says:

      It’s not looks. This is not the first time men cheat on their good looking wives or gf (hello Tiger Woods, hello Arnold, hi Dotard). And women do this too (not saying you’re wrong, just adding to it). It’s the attraction to the unattainable, and/or to the forbidden. Sometimes we want what we can’t have. I know lots of ladies who live and crave the drama too. The passion keeps them alive. Perhaps Miss Roberts ‘craziness’ makes him feel desired and eh, young and reckless again. Shrug.

    • Adrien says:

      ER reminds me of a high school bully.

  25. Meg says:

    Emma Roberts seems messed up, they deserve each other

    • M says:

      Why does she seem messed up, because she’s wearing torn jeans?

      • detritus says:

        I would assume its because of the domestic abuse, and not the jeans.

      • FF says:

        Emma was arrested for DV against her boyfriend. It’s also presumed that her dad was not her best role model.

        To my observation, she can give off a vibe of dark undercurrents, unfortunately, and never looks fully happy. But who knows why that is, or if it’s just down to rbf. Guys seem to get infatuated with her though, so there’s that.

  26. Jenna says:

    Please Joshua Jackson and Rachel Bilson. (In my fantasy couple league).

  27. gwen says:

    I really like Rachel and was hoping that none of this was true when the story first broke. He will soon come to realize the mistake he made with Emma.

  28. Linabear says:

    I think Emma is beautiful but in a dark, sexy, vampy sort of way. She always looks miserably gorgeous. Rachel is also beautiful but in a cheerful, bubbly, cute, sunshiny fashion. I guess everyone has their own appeal.

  29. Madpoe says:

    So Evan Peters is a freed man???

    Praise da lort!

  30. Wren33 says:

    I thought the gossip when they first split was that he had major anxiety issues and wouldn’t fly anywhere or go anywhere with his daughter. Am I crazy?

  31. Adrien says:

    I have forgotten about Hayden that I don’t know what he looks like anymore. I was wondering why Topher Grace was gracing the photos.

  32. Tanya says:

    Like father, like daughter.

  33. magnoliarose says:

    Hayden is about as sexy as 3 day old grits. The instant kind.

    I have one more for the road…
    The three of them are about as interesting as a stale glass of tap water.

  34. JustJen says:

    Taking after Auntie Julia… Also, in that last pic I swear Rachel looks so much like a younger Cindy Crawford.