January 13, 2012 01:48 PM by Shayla Perry
Diana DeGarmo may not have walked away with the top prize on American Idol, but since her days on the FOX reality show, the young Broadway star is enjoying life with a new role on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and not-so-new love, fellow Idol alum Ace Young, whom she started dating nearly two years ago. And things are getting pretty serious!
“We became best friends through Hair, ironically not through Idol,” DeGarmo tells People. “It just blossomed into a beautiful relationship.”
For Young, however, the blossoming didn’t take too long; especially after seeing Diana naked during each Hair performance. “She said, ‘You’re not looking, right?’” Ace recalls of the first time they had to go nude in rehearsals. “And I was like, ‘Oh no, not at all.’ But I was looking, and I was like — sold.
“I was already interested in her as a person before I got to see her with no clothes on,” says Young. “But [that] sealed the deal.”
After Hair closed in June 2010, DeGarmo, 24, went on tour with 9 to 5, but Ace found a way to keep his love by his side.
“She came to California and kept saying, ‘I’m looking [at] apartments,’” says Young. “And I was like, ‘Why don’t you just stay with me?’ The moment she got here, she realized I wasn’t going to let her get an apartment. It was like, either we’re doing this or we’re not. And thankfully, she was all in.”
“I crashed on the couch — more like, I crashed in his bed — and just didn’t leave,” Diana adds.
Now, the couple isn’t just living together, they’re also working together, having formed the group All Access with two friends. Ace, who won a Grammy for his work on Chris Daughtry‘s “It’s Not Over,” is also producing country songs for DeGarmo.
“She’s my best friend,” says Ace. “To be able to dive in with Diana and help create songs that [tell] her story is amazing.”
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