While Skeet Ulrich & Lucy Hale ‘have a huge age gap, it doesn’t bother them’

Skeet Ulrich at the Premiere of Lionsgate's 'Five Feet Apart' in Los Angeles

We recently learned that Skeet Ulrich and Lucy Hale are dating. It’s notable for a few reasons, mostly about their age difference and life/romance experience. I never realized before now that Ulrich, who is 51 years old, is sort of a serial monogamist who has spent the past thirty years cycling out of major relationships, including one eight-year marriage, one three-year marriage and one broken engagement. Dude likes to propose. Meanwhile, Lucy is 31 years old and she has never been married, but she’s dated around and been in some Hollywood relationships. As for the age difference, apparently Lucy and Skeet don’t think it’s an issue.

Age is just a number! Lucy Hale and Skeet Ulrich have “both fallen pretty hard for each other,” a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.

“Lucy and Skeet have been dating for a little over a month now,” the insider says. “While it’s very new, they spend a lot of time together.” The Pretty Little Liars alum, 31, and the Jericho alum, 51, “try to see each other as much as possible,” the source explains, adding, “it’s clear they’re very into each other.”

The new couple met thanks to their “mutual friends through the Archie universe,” the insider notes. Ulrich starred on Riverdale for five seasons while Hale was the lead on spinoff Katy Keene, which ran for one season on The CW.

The Life Sentence alum and the Craft actor may have friends in common, but their age difference — Hale is 20 years younger than Ulrich —has still raised a few eyebrows among some fans. The source tells Us, however, that although the duo does “have a huge age gap, it doesn’t bother them.” They’ve instead connected over their similar interests. “They are both kind and have a funny, but dark sense of humor,” the insider adds.

The Truth or Dare actress was first linked to Ulrich last month when the duo were spotted kissing on February 21 while out in Los Angeles. They were seen holding hands across the table before Hale kissed her man’s hand.

Ulrich shares 19-year-old twins, Jakob and Naiia, with ex-wife Georgina Cates, whom he split from in 2005 after eight years of marriage. He was then married to Amelia Jackson-Gray from 2012 to 2015 and engaged to Rose Costa from 2016 to 2017. Hale, for her part, was most recently linked to Colton Underwood in July 2020, after his split from Cassie Randolph. She’s also dated actors David Henrie, Chris Zylka and Ryan Rottman.

[From Us Weekly]

Honestly, when I was 31 years old, a man twenty years older than me wasn’t a dealbreaker either. There are some nice-looking and lovely dudes in their 50s! Would I have married one of them? Eh. Probably not, but different strokes for different folks (and no one says Lucy and Skeet will get married either). I would totally feel differently about this is she was 20 and he was 40 though – I think the fact that Lucy is in her 30s, she’s worked in the industry for a while and she’s not some naif (romantically or professionally) is what makes this story not all that scandalous. She knows what she’s doing, he’s not taking advantage of her, etc. All that being said, I do hate the “age is just a number” thing.

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Lucy Hale goes on a walk with her two dogs for an iced coffee

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  1. Nic says:

    I agree – she’s over thirty so if that’s what she’s into, fine. What I find gross is Rufus Sewell whose girlfriend is less than 25, and he’s 53 or 54. It’s a bit Woody Allen.

    • Eldy says:

      OMG your right! I was wondering which 25 year old girlfriend you were talking about… I had no idea he had separated from the mother of his daughter who turns 8 this year!
      And yes the new girlfriend is 24 and she said on her Instagram they have been dating for at least 2 years now. BIG side-eye.

  2. Dlc says:

    Yes, at 31 she’s a full fledged adult. No side eye from me. (In my 20s i for sure didn’t feel like an adult. By 31 I knew what I wanted out of life.)

  3. Elle says:

    He was also rumored to be engaged to a 29 year old model during quarantine last year. They dated for like 3 months and ended quickly after but their videos were something else lmao

    • observing says:

      What happened to her and their relationship ? He was upset on Twitter? Did what went down between those two ever get clarified?

    • maddie says:

      Their videos? Do you mean Stories, what were they like?

  4. It’sJustBlanche says:

    Might it be a non-issue now but wait until she’s 45 and stuck with a senior citizen. I mean that’s fine if that’s your thing and all.

    • Kgeo says:

      Right, I’m 37 and 51 would be a deal breaker for me because short of some traumatic incident or unavoidable illness, I don’t plan to take care of anyone once my kids are grown.

    • clomo says:

      My man is 9 years older, and we are middle aged but even now I can see him slowing down faster than I am and it makes for us often not being on the same page for doing things out in the world. We get along so well, he’s such a good guy, most upstanding one I’ve dated and I know how hard they be to find. Also oldest. A bonus of dating an older person is they are over a lot of relationship silliness and mind games. Maturity is good. Everyone has many people they could love, but I wouldn’t date anyone young enough to be my son. A guy friend of mine says after having 2 adult daughters he cannot look at women in his daughter’s age group, the thought repelled him. But I don’t think he is the norm, I’m not a dude but I’ve met so many ones that cheat, which they do less as they age(hopefully).

    • Itteh Bitteh says:

      37 and my guy is 52. We’ve been together 13 years, and yes, he’s starting to show his age a bit, but he is still my favorite. If that means I’m 45 and helping him wipe, so be it. I love him and he’s my Person, and there is not a single thing I wouldn’t do for him. *shrug*

    • laura-j says:

      That’s exactly what happened with my dad and step mom, she is only 15years younger but when he passed away a couple of years ago, she was a widow right when she was retiring so they could go enjoy life. I’m not going to lie, she resented it a lot over the years and it was tough on her.

      But he was her person and now she says she doesn’t regret it

  5. lucy2 says:

    I’d be too much of an age difference for me, but at least they are both well into adulthood, I guess.

  6. EM says:

    He’s aged quite well, so it’s not like she’s dating a gross old guy. She’s over 30, so she’s fully an adult and able to make her own decisions. They’re also getting a lot of press over this, and I had never heard of her before and hadn’t heard Skeet’s name in years. This probably won’t last too long, but it doesn’t completely gross me out the way Katharine McPhee and David Foster do.

    • clomo says:

      They look ridiculous together, he is an odd man. I’m still traumatized by that surgery she had. the photos of the healing and stitches, maybe they were hacked of hers. Ouch, I can’t believe she sent that to him on his phone. Why oh why? She is odd too.

  7. Maggi says:

    I’ve always had a thing for men in their 50’s and that Skeet is a cutie.

  8. Lauren says:

    Anyone else thought Lucy Hale and Nina Debrov were the same person? Because when I heard the news originally about Skeet and Lucy I for some reason pictured Nina… whoops.

  9. nicegirl says:

    I’m a student in the first Scream and I’ll never forget meeting him & how hot I thought he was up close when we were kids.

  10. TD says:

    If I hadn’t known that was a current picture of Skeet Ulrich, I would not have picked him out of a line up. It’s like he hasn’t aged from his younger self, he’s just gotten different looking? Can’t quite put my finger on it. I took a quick look at pics from his Scream days and his eyes look really different today. He used to have these distinctive sort of bags under his eyes, and they don’t look the same now. Shrug!

    • Isa says:

      I kept wondering who he was! I finally looked at his IMDb page and realized. It’s weird because he looks like he’s aged well, but at the same time he doesn’t look the same.

  11. Annie says:

    Sure, it’s not a toxic relationship by any means, as far as the age gap goes. This is no Woody Allen or Leo DiCaprio situation when the age gap seems a symptom of deeper issues in the older party.

    But still… Men over forty are… a lot. Take it from a 20-something yo who prefers older men. Thirty/Early 40s is the way to go. That’s when men are on their prime. Once you go over those middle 40s you’re courting the devil of the midlife crisis, among other things.

    • Andrea says:

      Oh dear. I have been talking to a guy the past year who is about to turn 42. Should I be worried? I am 40. I plan to move to him once I am vaccinated.

  12. Starkille says:

    I don’t find this bothersome. She’s 31, she’s a grown woman. Never heard of this guy before but he looks quite fit for 51.

  13. observing says:

    On a shallow note, he’s not unattractive. So I’m like, yeah, whatever makes her happy.

    None of the Hollywood relationships of any stripe seem to last longer than 3 years anyway so if they’re not worried about anything why should I be?

  14. Normades says:

    She’s over 30 and a very successful actress who’s been working a while, this doesn’t skeeve me out like Leo and his under 25 gfriends.

    I doubt it’s serious, and I bet it’s hot.

  15. Kynesgrove89 says:

    I can’t say anything. My husband is 47 and I’m 32. It somehow works. It is nice to be with someone ,who for the most part, has stuff figured out.

  16. Jayna says:

    At 31, she is a grown woman with plenty of life experience and has probably been in enough relationships and/or in the dating scene to know what she wants.

  17. Elaine says:

    If age is just a number, why isn’t he with a 71 year old woman?

    • Blueskies says:

      LOL. I’m sure some of these men would claim that they’d be open to that if that’s who they met and fell in love with. But gosh darnit, that solid 15-20 year age gap just seems to have its way every time. 🙄 As a nearly 50 year-old it just comes across as predictable and boring, of course they gravitate towards a younger woman first and there’s no end of these younger women open to a relationship and even children with an older man. What makes up the bar for men is always miles lower than for women, too. Rinse and repeat.

    • shalla7 says:

      @Elaine: Exactly! In fact before I saw your comment I was ready to write “…when he and Hale break up, I bet he’ll go for a 71 year old. Good to know he’s so open-minded about age differences!” lol

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  18. Meg says:

    She looks younger than her age though

  19. North London is Red says:

    He’s had work done, which is fine. But who wants to date someone 50+ who still calls himself Skeet?

  20. Lonnie tinks says:

    She’s over 30, she could date a 90 year old, and I’d be like, ::shrug::. Full grown adults can date any other full grown adult with impunity as far as I am concerned.

  21. Natasha says:

    She’s an adult and can date who she wants- but if she wants biological children this might not be the perfect relationship for her. Men over 40 are more likely to have autistic children. And how much help will a soon-to-be-geriatric-Skeet be in raising any child, much less one with special needs?
    I haven’t seen Lucy say she’s decidedly child free.