- American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has been dating his girlfriend Shayna Taylor on and off for over six years.
- The two first met in an L.A. restaurant in 2013.
- Shayna is a wellness influencer and chef.
If you're an avid viewer of Live with Kelly and Ryan, you've probably seen Ryan Seacrest's girlfriend Shayna Taylor pop up from time to time to share some delicious-sounding recipes.
But occasional Live appearances aside, the 27-year-old chef has a lot happening in her life off camera. Beyond what you see on the show, here's what you should know about the wellness influencer and entrepreneur:
Shayna and Ryan first met in 2013, when Shayna was 21 and Ryan was 39.
Ryan, now 45, was seated at an L.A. restaurant with a group of friends when he first saw Shayna walk in.
"I guess he really wanted to talk to me and one of his friends he was sitting with happened to know someone in my group so they were texting to see if I came with anyone in the group, because he was trying to figure out if I was with a guy," Shayna reveals to Good Housekeeping.
When Ryan walked over to their table, Shayna explains that she still didn't realize he was interested in her until one of her girlfriends started kicking her underneath the table. Then, Shayna's friend wrote "Ryan likes you" on her phone and threw it at her. When she realized what was happening, her first reaction was "Whoa, that's so weird."
"His friends come over and basically sit me in an interview chair and start asking me all these questions to be funny and he came over and took my hairband off my wrist as an intro point, like eighth grade," she recalls. "It's now this funny thing we laugh about when he takes my hairband, it's like we reminisce."
While Shayna says she had watched Ryan on TV, she wasn't all that starstruck when first meeting him.
"Ryan obviously is a huge celebrity but he's not like ... an artist where everyone is like 'ooh, ahh, like so excited,' you know what I mean? For me, I was just like 'Oh cool, Ryan Seacrest.'"
Since then, Ryan and Shayna have been on-and-off dating for six years. Eventually, she decided to moved to New York City to be with him.
Shayna is a trained chef.
Shayna went to culinary school and did personal chef work in her early 20s for private homes in Los Angeles. Her passion for cooking inspired her to create her own brand called Shayna's Kitchen, an online destination full of recipes, lifestyle and travel blog posts, wellness products, and more. When she moved to New York, she started doing more recipe development for the brand and got her holistic nutrition certification.
"I want Shayna's Kitchen to be the Martha Stewart of wellness, so I want to cover all the realms of everyday lifestyle and home goods but do it in the best, most authentic, organic way and not make it so expensive so it's accessible to people ... "
Shayna has struggled with auto-immune, digestion, skin, and stomach issues and also has scoliosis. All of her challenges, she says, have motivated her even more to eat well and stay healthy and fit.
She's often described as a model, even though that's not her main passion.
Shayna used to do modeling in her earlier 20s, but she says it isn't necessarily her strong suit.
"Not to say that I can't model, but I'm such an entrepreneur brain bolt," she explains, adding that her parents are entrepreneurs, as well. "I've always had that drive to have my own business, and I don't do well having people boss me around."
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