Rachel Bilson regrets how Chace Crawford rumors went down

Rachel Bilson isn’t happy with how romance rumors linking her to Chace Crawford acquired quashed greater than a decade in the past.

On Monday’s episode of Bilson’s “Broad Ideas” podcast, the pair of early 2000s TV stars reminisced about hanging out collectively in New York Metropolis, which led to media hypothesis again then in regards to the nature of their relationship.

The “O.C.” alum remembered the almost-scandal clearly: She was on a break from her critical boyfriend on the time when she and the “Gossip Girl” star had been noticed chatting in public, sending the tabloids right into a frenzy.

“The press went with, ‘Oh, did Rachel and Chace hook up?’” Bilson recalled. “My publicist came to me with it, and … I was like, ‘Dude, you have to kill this rumor. Like … oh my God, this can’t be out there.’ And I freaked out.”

Per her request, the “Hart of Dixie” star’s rep swiftly denied “everything,” insisting the romance rumors had been “completely fabricated” and “absolutely not true.” Although she acquired what she wished, Bilson felt responsible about how the damage-control effort performed out.

“[I was] like, ‘Wait, that’s so imply. I might by no means need to try this to Chace,’” mentioned Bilson, who was relieved to lastly “clear the air.”

“You’re so nice,” Crawford mentioned. “I didn’t even realize all this went down. … I would have been thrilled if they thought we were dating.”

Although the teen-drama stars by no means formally acquired collectively, Bilson did admit to having a crush on the “Boys” actor prior to now and silently “battling” a good friend for his consideration at a cheeseburger joint within the Large Apple.

“We were … not saying anything, but we were, like, fighting each other, and I’m trying to … block her and she’s trying to … block me,” Bilson recalled. “She’s probably gonna kill me for saying this.”

“That’s hilarious. I did not pick up on any of that,” Crawford replied earlier than including, “New York was so much fun back [then]. … That was a great night.”