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Are Aisha Tyler And Emily Bett Rickards Dating? 5 Details About Their Friendship (And Rumored Romance)

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Are Aisha Tyler And Emily Bett Rickards Dating? Details About Their Friendship And Rumored Romantic Relationship

Actress and former host of The Talk Aisha Tyler appears to be moving on in her personal life. In 2016, the multi-talented star filed for divorce from her husband of 22 years Jeff Tietjens. It looks like just a little over two years later, Tyler may have finally moved on with a new partner. 

The former talk show host has been seen getting pretty cozy lately with Arrow actress Emily Bett Rickards. Tyler recently posted a photo on her Instagram page of her and Rickards with the caption, "True Love", causing heavy speculation as to whether or not the two were in a romantic relationship. 


True love. @emilybett

A post shared by Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) on Oct 27, 2018 at 12:41am PDT

So what's really going on? Are Aisha Tyler and Emily Bett Rickards dating? Let's break down some of the details surrounding the pair's friendship and rumored romantic relationship!

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1. They've known each other for a while.

Tyler and Rickards didn't just meet. They actually go way back. In 2017, they starred in an indie film called Axis together. Tyler also directed the movie. 

However, the two ladies were friends for even longer before that. In 2016, Rickards posted on Facebook that she would be doing a Facebook live with Tyler. Also, in 2015, the actress appeared on an episode of Tyler's podcast Girl On Guy. Rickards was also on a 2016 episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway? , which Tyler hosted. 

2. Tyler has been open with her support for the LGBT community.

She's been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights for a long time. Tyler has also spoken out many times about her own sexuality. As a host on an episode of The Talk in 2016, she stated, "I personally think that everybody is a tiny bit gay. I do. I think that everyone is on a spectrum. Some people are very gay with a little bit of straight some people are very straight with a little bit of gay. Every once in a while I will see a very beautiful girl and think she looks like she would be nice to kiss,” Tyler added, which she concluded makes her “a little bit gay.” She joked, “we all got drunk in college and made out with our girlfriends.” 

She also commented on her own sexuality on an episode of the podcast Professor Blastoff. "I liked boys very early...My sexual spectrum is much broader now. I was a heterosexual at like, 4, and now I'm like, I like everybody."

3. Rickards keeps her dating life extremely private.

As one of the stars of one of TV's most popular shows, the actress's personal life has often been a subject of interest among fans. However, she likes to keep it very low-key. In 2013, there were rumors that she had been in a relationship with her Arrow co-star, Colton Haynes (who Tyler also seems to be friends with). However, in 2016 Haynes came out as gay, putting any rumors of a relationship between him and Rickards to rest.

Another one of Rickards' most speculated romantic pursuits was with model Lucy Pinder. Other than these two rumored relationships, Tyler is the only other person the actress has been said to be involved with.

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4. Rickards has appeared in many of Tyler's social media posts.


True love. @emilybett

A post shared by Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) on Oct 27, 2018 at 12:41am PDT

Tyler isn't shy about showing her love for the actress all over her social media pages. Rickards is in many of Tyler's Instagram photos, which are usually captioned with sweet little messages, such as "My heart" and the most recent photo of the pair that she titled with "True love." She even gave Rickards a shout out for her 27th birthday in July on her Instagram page. Rickards is in Tyler's Instagram stories as well. Tyler has also mentioned the actress on her Twitter page, calling her "pretty awesome."

Tyler has appeared on Rickards' social media as well, although not quite as often as Rickards has on hers. The actress posted an Instagram photo of the twosome in April with the caption, "Bae Day." 

5. Are they just friends or could it be something more?


A post shared by Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) on Dec 10, 2017 at 11:55am PST

Rickards is reportedly known to be very affectionate with all of her friends, especially in photos. And Tyler has often commented on her tight friendship with the actress on social media, even calling her "bestie." 

Although many believe that Tyler's latest Instagram post with Rickards is a confirmation of their romantic relationship, neither party has yet to actually confirm whether or not their relationship is anything more than a close friendship.

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Sloane Solomon is a YourTango editor and writer who covers pop culture, lifestyle topics, and love and relationships.