Thursday 26 April 2018

Who is Chris Zylka? 5 things to know about Paris Hilton's new fiancé

Paris Hilton (L) and Chris Zylka attend day three of TAO, Beauty & Essex, Avenue and Luchini LA Grand Opening on March 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for TAO)
Paris Hilton (L) and Chris Zylka attend day three of TAO, Beauty & Essex, Avenue and Luchini LA Grand Opening on March 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for TAO)
Chris Zylka in The Leftovers
Paris Hilton and boyfriend Chris Zylka arrive at the MTV Rosé Rush launch party during a promotion visit to Australia on November 29, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images for Paris Hilton)
Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka attend the 2017 amfAR & The Naked Heart Foundation Fabulous Fund Fair at Skylight Clarkson Sq on October 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Paris Hilton (L) and Chris Zylka attend the premiere of Focus Features' "The Beguiled" at Directors Guild Of America on June 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Chris Zylka and ex-fiancée Hanna Beth
US socialite Paris Hilton (L) and her partner US model Chris Zylka pose as they arrive for the amfAR's 24th Cinema Against AIDS Gala on May 25, 2017 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France. / AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI
Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka attend the 24th annual Race to Erase MS gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on May 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS DELMAS
Paris Hilton (L) and Chris Zylka at the MOCA Gala 2017 honoring Jeff Koons at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on April 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for MOCA)
Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka attend the premiere of HBO's "The Leftovers" Season 3 at Avalon Hollywood on April 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka attend a dinner hosted by the FIA Formula E Championship Mexico City ePrix on March 31, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by LAT Images / Formula E via Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

It's okay to be a little excited about Paris Hilton's engagement.

The 36-year-old was the original Millennial 'it' girl: she gave Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie careers and if you believe her, she also invented the selfie. She's seemingly addicted to monogamy, jumping from long-term relationship to long-term relationship, but announced that she's engaged to boyfriend of two years Chris Zylka.

Who is the mystery man who captured her heart?

1. He's an actor - a good one.

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Chris Zylka in The Leftovers
 

Unlike Paris' sparkling film debut in 2005's House of Wax, with subsequent roles in House of Wax and The Hottie and The Nottie, Zylka is legit. He starred on cult tv show The Leftovers opposite Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler.

2. He's also been engaged before.

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Chris Zylka and ex-fiancée Hanna Beth

It might be her third time getting a ring on her finger, but this time it seems like the real deal. In 2005, she called off her six month engagement to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis and Jason Shaw before that.

Chris also had previous plans to walk up the aisle. He was engaged to marry ex-girlfriend Hanna Beth in 2014, but they split in March 2015 - and it was messy. "Im (sic) disappointed that i didnt (sic) see how fake you were, or pay attention to the backstabbing you did in front of me. I will rise up," he wrote at the time. Ouch.

3. He's got a big heart - and has overcome real obstacles.

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Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka attend the 24th annual Race to Erase MS gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on May 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS DELMAS
 

While studying art and playing football at the University of Toledo in Ohio, he left after two years to care for his grandfather after he had a heart attack. He credits his grandfather for helping him realise his true calling to become an actor. After moving to Los Angeles to pursue his Hollywood career, he was homeless. While working odd restaurant jobs, he was discovered by his managed Jon Simmons.

"He was eating at the restaurant and asked me if I was an actor. I said, ‘No, I want to be, but I’ve never worked before.’ From that moment on, he trained me and developed me, and one thing led to another," he told Out magazine.

4. He and Paris have known each other a long time.

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Paris Hilton (L) and Chris Zylka attend the premiere of Focus Features' "The Beguiled" at Directors Guild Of America on June 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
 

The now-engaged couple first met at an Oscars party eight years ago but their relationship only turned romantic in early 2016. Yes, it's only been two years.

5. Zylka isn't his real surname.

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Paris Hilton (L) and Chris Zylka at the MOCA Gala 2017 honoring Jeff Koons at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on April 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for MOCA)
 

Coming from Ukranian descent, his real last name is Settlemire, but he took his mother's maiden name of Zylka as his stage name to make his grandfather "proud".

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