Are Mandy Moore and Wilmer Valderrama Still Friends?
Every now and then, a celebrity relationship goes the distance. But, more often than not, they don’t. That’s showbiz. Such is the case with This Is Us star, Mandy Moore, and her former beau, NCIS actor, Wilmer Valderrama. Have the two remained friends since the breakup?
When did Mandy Moore and Wilmer Valderrama date?
Moore and Valderrama met at a photo shoot for a teen magazine and the two dated from 2000-2002. At the time, she was in her mid-teems while he starred on That ’70s Show. There had been a period of time a couple years after the split when things went awry.
Valderrama told radio host, Howard Stern, he took Moore’s virginity, claiming, “the sex with Mandy was good, but it wasn’t like warm apple pie,” according to Elle.
Moore fired back saying his comments were “utterly tacky, not even true, and it hurt my feelings because I like him.”
Stern asked Moore in 2018 about the fiasco during a Sirius XM interview.
“I dated him when I was 16 and 17. No,” she said. “I love him and I still love him and he’s a very good friend, and that’s why I was so shocked by it.
She continued: “Because not only was it a fib, but it was so unlike him — it was so uncharacteristic. He was like my first, real, true boyfriend.”
She went on to say when she’d heard Valderrama’s previous interview, she felt “hurt.” She even called him to clear things up.
“I remember in the moment, he like tried to explain it away that sort of he did get caught up and he maybe insinuated more than actually like outright said it. I was like, ‘No, you outright said it,” she said.
Moore said since then, she’s moved past it.
Who are Moore and Valderrama’s partners now?
In an interview with Glamour, she couldn’t say enough good things about him.
“He makes me melt. I can imagine no better partner,” she said of Goldsmith. “He’s going to be the most tremendous father. I view the past as a stepping-stone to get me where I am today. I would gladly weather all of that a million times over if it brought me to Taylor again.”
Valderrama was first spotted with girlfriend, Amanda Pacheco, in April, but the two have grown closer since. He was previously linked to Demi Lovato, whom he dated for six years. Though they were on-again-off-again for some time, two remain close friends.
Are Moore and Valderrama still friends?
Moore and Valderrama have run into each other at various events over the years, including an annual Halloween event. As busy working actors on hit shows, it’s bound to happen. Recently, Moore shared a selfie of the two on her Instagram Story, obtained by E! News.
She said: “Ran into this guy. [heart emoji] you, @wildervalderrama.” The 39-year-old actor also reposted the photo on his own Instagram Story and added, “Always a joy seeing you my sweet @mandymooremm! [heart emoji] you too.”
In that same Stern interview, Moore said they share mutual friends. “He’s a good guy, he really is,” she said.
Whatever happened in the past doesn’t seem to affect Moore and Valderrama now. She said, “We’re not that close, but we’re friendly. He’s a good guy, he really is.”
If a celebrity couple like Moore and Valderrama can stay friends after a breakup, there’s hope for us all.