June 16, at 7: June 18, at 2: That alleged obsession seemed to play out in the family the seemingly affable TV host and podcaster married into. In , two years after he broke up with Dykstra, he married Lydia Hearst. Hardwick, 46, was accused by year-old Dykstra , an actress and cosplay personality, of being emotionally and sexually abusive during their three-year relationship. Dykstra made her allegations in an MeToo era-inspired essay she published on Medium. On Friday, Hardwick issued a statement denying he ever abused Dykstra.
He also said he always loved her and claimed they broke up after he learned she had been cheating on him. First Patty Hearst tweeted: She said Hardwick, who comes off as fun-loving in public, was privately controlling and abusive.
She said he insisted she cut ties with friends and be available to have sex with him whenever he wanted. She also said she developed an eating disorder and claimed he would sexually assault her when she felt too ill for sex. After they broke up, she claimed he blacklisted her from job opportunities. That includes people who commented on the Hollywood Reporter story that Patty Hearst retweeted.
I went out to dinner one night with some friends, and Chris Hardwick and his then-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra joined us. Chloe was super nice, and Chris was self-absorbed and just generally off-putting. Heartbreaking to hear what was going on behind the scenes.
As of today I no longer write for nerdist. The editorial staff is absolutely fantastic but I don't want my work or name affiliated in any way with Chris Hardwick. And the world will be a much better place when both are gone.