Celebrity Rachel Bilson and Nick Viall Admitted to Faking Their Romantic Relationship They were trolling us the whole time. By Alicia Brunker Alicia Brunker Instagram Alicia Brunker is a freelance writer who covers celebrity, royal, and fashion news for InStyle.com. She joined InStyle's digital team in 2017, and previously contributed to ELLE, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and WWD. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on March 24, 2023 @ 06:13PM Pin Share Tweet Email Remember way back in 2019 when the internet went wild hypothesizing whether or not Rachel Bilson and The Bachelor's Nick Viall were a couple? Well, as it turns out, they never actually dated. On Thursday, the actress and the reality star admitted to faking a romantic relationship for the sake of a joint project that, sadly, never came to be. "No, Nick and I never dated," Rachel said on Nick's podcast The Viall Files, to which he replied: "We did troll the internet." Nick Viall, Rachel Bilson. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for YouTube Shorts, Paras Griffin/Getty Images They certainly did. Given their flirty Instagram comments ("He slid into her...dms #sheaccepted") and captions ("Will we choose to forgo our individual rooms..."), we were definitely under the impression that they were more than just friends. Rachel Bilson Paired Her Slouchy Suit With a Super-Sexy Sheer Turtleneck The whole ruse was Nick's idea after he and Rachel hit it off following her appearance on his podcast in 2019. The pair thought of doing a spin-off show, but it never ended up happening. "It was going to be called Making Love With Nick and Rachel," Viall went on to explain. "I had an Instagram saved already for it. Then she got some gig, and then she bailed on me." He jokingly added that the two were "epically single" and "wanted attention." "It was literally to get attention for the podcast," Rachel confirmed. "It was like, 'OK, it's a tease-up to what we're doing.' Even though it didn't come to fruition, that was the intention." With the demise of the podcast, their fake relationship followed. Soon after, Rachel was linked to actor Bill Hader, who she dated for nearly a year, while Nick began dating his now-fiancée Natalie Joy. Getty "It all worked out," Nick concluded. "You're thriving, we're thriving."