Alex Hall is now addressing her rumored romance with Tyler Stanaland – her Selling the OC castmate, who recently separated from his wife, Brittany Snow.
Suspicions arose when photos of Alex and Tyler were obtained by TMZ, showing the costars at a dinner together, on the same day he announced his split with the actor.
Speaking with People, via E! News, Alex suggested the images were misleading.
“I think people really want to hold onto that idea that there’s something there between Tyler and I,” said Alex. “I mean, at this point, we’re just friends, so there’s nothing more to it.”
According to Alex, the photos were taken at a group dinner, even though the shots suggest they were alone.
“We were literally at our favorite sushi restaurant right by the office, and somebody snapped a picture on their iPhone of us,” said the 33-year-old. “And we were out with more than just us. There was definitely all of us friends, but at the end of the day, Tyler was going through a really, really hard time.”
Brittany and Tyler separated just two years after their Malibu wedding.
“After time and consideration, Tyler and I have made the difficult decision to separate,” said Brittany on Sept. 14, while Tyler repeated the sentiments in his own post. “This decision was made with love and mutual respect for one another. We have realized we need to take some time and make sure we are each living our most fulfilling and authentic lives.”
The exes added, “We started this journey as best friends, and our relationship will continue to be a priority not only for us but for our dog Charlie. We sincerely appreciate your support and ask for privacy as we navigate this new chapter.”
In Alex’s interview with People, she seemed to indicate there was more to the story of their split.
“It’s something that had been long coming. His close friends know a little bit more about his personal life than the audience knows,” she said. “So anybody in their right mind, I mean, who do you call when you’re going through issues? You call your friends.”
Alex believes her friendship with Tyler had no impact on the split.
“I don’t think that mine and Tyler’s friendship had any contribution to his divorce,” said Alex. “Tyler is a grown man, and Brittany is a grown woman. I think that people need to understand there was a life that they had way before Tyler started filming and long before he and I ever became friends.”
Selling the OC season one is currently streaming on Netflix.
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