Taylor Kinney dating history: Personal issues force star who plays Kelly Severide to leave ‘Chicago Fire’
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Taylor Kinney will reportedly no longer play Kelly Severide on the NBC drama ‘Chicago Fire’ due to a personal matter. Cast and crew were reportedly informed of Kinney's departure, who made his debut in 2012, on Friday, January 20, with upcoming scripts likely being rewritten to explain his absence.
Co-creator Derek Haas, who has served as showrunner for all 11 seasons of 'Chicago Fire' and CBS’ 'FBI: International,' is leaving Wolf Entertainment at the end of Season 11. He said, “Although I am leaving Wolf Entertainment next year to focus on creating new shows, I’m entirely committed to delivering amazing episodes of ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘FBI: International’ through the end of the current seasons.” The update comes following Jesse Lee Soffer's 'Chicago PD' departure in 2022 after 200 episodes and Jesse Spencer's 'Chicago Fire' exit in 2021 after 10 seasons, reported Variety. However, Spencer returned for the Season 10 finale to celebrate the wedding of Severide and Stella Kidd, played by Miranda Rae Mayo.
Chicago Fire executive producer/co-showunner Andrea Newman told ET Online in September 2022 about Severide and Kidd's new chapter as a married couple. Newman said, "Somehow they've gotten more hot. We were talking about the fact they both had terrible role model marriages in front of them from their own parents. They're creating a totally different kind of relationship model and marriage than anything we've seen before. And it's really, there's a ton of heat to it and they're just getting sexier and more intense with each other in this new dynamic."
Who are Taylor Kinney's ex-girlfriends?
Kinney's offscreen life has always been relatively private, especially since his five-year long relationship with Lady Gaga, whom he started dating in 2011 after the duo met during the music video for the song 'Yoü and I,' and got engaged a year later. However, the relationship came to an end in 2016. Gaga released a statement following her split from Kinney, saying, "Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates. Just like all couples we have ups and downs and we have been taking a break. We are both ambitious artists, hoping to work through long distance and complicated schedules to continue the simple love we have always shared. Please root us on. We're just like everybody else and we really love each other."
Ashley Cruger comes into picture
In March 2022, Kinney made his relationship with his new girlfriend, Ashley Cruger, official. He posted a photo of her saying, "Why would you tell me that….." A month later, they attended a Utah-based charity event Operation Smile's 10th Annual Park City Ski Challenge' together. It is unknown how long the two have been dating, though fans suspect they go back to sometime in the fall of 2021, stated Disctractify.