As if we needed more proof: Celebrities really are just like us — when it comes to dating, anyway. Even though they can probably have their publicist contact someone else’s publicist to set up a date, multiple stars have recently confirmed they’re swiping on dating apps. Last year, Tinder even rolled out a “verified” option for famous people. (Though apparently Zac Efron didn’t take advantage of this when he joined, because people assumed his profile was a hoax.)
Amy Schumer is the most recent star to come forward with her dating app experience, which she wrote about in her new book, “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo.” Here’s how she and other celebrities fared:
Amy Schumer, 35
App: One “specifically aimed at creative people that attracted a lot of celebrity members,” Schumer wrote, though she didn’t name names. (Could it be Raya?)
Why she signed up: In late December 2015, Schumer and her pal “Saturday Night Live” star Vanessa Bayer were hanging out and talking about the various guys they were texting. Neither of them were very excited about the prospects. So they took the plunge and joined the app. “Vanessa and I posted our profiles at the same time and scream-giggled like little girls.”
How it went: Schumer said she was initially discouraged — all the guys were models or photographers with lame profiles. Finally, Schumer matched with someone who seemed promising: Ben Hanisch, a furniture designer from Chicago. The two messaged back and forth for days, even though Schumer initially feared it was a prank that would be all over the tabloids the next day. When they finally met in person, Schumer wrote, “We smiled at each other, and in that moment, everything felt right.” The two have been dating ever since.
Hilary Duff, 28
Why she signed up: After divorcing her husband of six years, hockey player Mike Comrie, the former Disney star was craving something outside the celebrity realm. “It was really fun for me for a minute; I wanted to experience something totally normal and also shock people,” she told PrideSource. (She also plugged the app in her music video for a new song.)
How it went: Alas, her time on Tinder was short-lived — maybe she was disillusioned after going on a group bowling date with one Tinder match who turned out to be an actor and playwright. “To be honest, I don’t really want [to date] an actor,” Duff said during an interview with Ryan Seacrest.
Ben Flajnik, 33
Why he signed up: After your “Bachelor” experience goes up in flames, why not date like the masses? The reality star proposed to Courtney Robertson on the show, but it ended in disaster when they broke up and she wrote a tell-all book about him. He probably figured online dating would be a cakewalk compared with that.
How it went: Pretty well! He met his girlfriend, Stephanie Winn, and they’ve been together for about 2 1/2 years.
Hannibal Buress, 33
Why he joined: Unclear, given that he roasted the app at the Webby Awards this year.
How it went: Not well, as he was pretty creeped out when people would talk only about his TV character, Lincoln. “I’ll match with people, and then they’ll reference my character from ‘Broad City’ and then that feels weird,” he told Cosmopolitan. “They’ll be, like, ‘Is this really Lincoln?’ And I’m, like, ‘That’s not my real name. You see my name, it’s on the profile.’ So I’ve been on it, but I just haven’t met anybody from it.”
Ryan Lochte, 32
Why he joined: Who can explain anything Ryan Lochte does? After hearing buzz about the app during the Winter Olympics in Sochi a few years ago, he decided to give it a try. “So I got on it and I’ve been matching up with a bunch of gorgeous women who are smart, they have professional jobs and everything,” he enthused to Cosmo.
How it went: He’s clearly a fan — he recently told the “Today” show that he’s still on the app, but also confirmed he’s still single.