James Durbin Reveals: Haley Reinhart and Stefano Langone are Dating!

Rumors have swirled for months that American Idol 10 alums Stefano Langone and Haley Reinhart were an item. Yes. DATING.  Not that I gave it much thought. But since James Durbin just outed them in an interview? WHY NOT CREATE A POST!

Yep. In an interview with KBFX in Bakersfield, Calif, American Idol alum James Durbin lets the cat out of the bag.  James, talking about his recent wedding to his long-time girlfriend, Heidi Lowe, reveals that his best man, Stefano was not flying solo.  “Stefano is now dating Haley,” says James, “They’ve been dating for awhile, so she was there with Stefano.”

James also talks about holding the wedding 18 minutes so that another Season 10 pal,  Casey Abrams, could find his way to the chapel!

Casey Abrams Signs a Record Deal!

There is a Facebook page of James and Heidi wedding photos at James Everett Photography that include pics of Haley, Stefano and Casey.

Watch the interview below. James also talks about his new record, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, and more.

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  • http://twitter.com/loviebuggie23 Courtney


  • Anonymous

    Awwww. I love idol romances. Good for them. :)

  • Anonymous

    Never surprising when two people from the show get together!

  • http://twitter.com/DrumminDurb :)

    hahahaaaaaaaaa I knew it!!! Good for them:) 

  • Anonymous

    I could not be happier!  I hope it works out for them.  This bit of news is going to create a lot of buzz for both of them too, which is good.  What a cute couple!

  • http://twitter.com/loviebuggie23 Courtney


  • Anonymous

    So the two best pieces of eye candy from season 10 hooked up, did they?  Lesson to be learned from this?  If you are trying to be discreet about something, don’t let James Durbin know.

  • Anonymous

    I had my money on Pia & Stefano and Haley & Casey. Guess I lost two bets, LOL. Now should I bet on Casey & Pia? Hm.

  • Niall

    Aww, that’s nice to hear.

    They’re pretty young so it might not end up being as serious as the other Idol romance (Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo) but I still think it would be cute if those 4 were introduced and had an Idol double date.

  • pj

    I think there was some competition for Stefano between Pia and Haley
    (Lord knows why??).  But Pia went for Mark Ballas (ahem) Jimmy Iovine.
    (cough cough)

    Wish Haley had hooked up with Casey instead.  Oh, well.  Young love. 

    Roll Tide!

  • Anonymous

    I thought Casey and Haley were cute together as well, but I can’t deny that Stefano is pretty decent eye candy and he always seemed like a nice guy. Regardless, I hope it works out for them.

    And LOL at your end comment. Congrats to your team :)

  • http://twitter.com/ScottyHaleyFan Maria Romeo

    Hmm kinda intresting.  I like both of them together but im scared stefano would break her heart cause he is such a ladies man.

  • Daytripper73

    2011 seemed to be the year for AI couples. First we heard about Ace and Diana (who actually got together in 2010 it seems) and now Haley and Stefano. With both of them having albums coming out in 2012, Haley and Stefano are going to find their relationship under a lot of strain and they are both very young so I wish them luck (and lots of happiness).

  • Trina

    Lesson to be learned from this?  If you are trying to be discreet about something, don’t let James Durbin know.

    And if youre trying to be discreet, dont be at wedding as a couple (one that People mag is covering no less). Even the wedding photographer referred to them in a picture as a “cute couple”. Not all that discreet.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    This really isn’t a surprise.  May they enjoy whatever the moment brings.  Young love isn’t always tru love.  I hope they will be successful with their albums.

  • Anonymous

    what a surprise. i thought she in relationship with Casey lol.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Stefano taking off his shirt must have done it!  lol It sounds like Haley wouldn’t have been at the wedding if she hadn’t been dating Stefano.

    James looks like he has a major head injury. Good interview though. lol at him throwing in the root canal along with all of the great things that have happened to him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NRMTEVTGWSSUM4M7CUCPIDKHXM Nancy B

    I thought she’d go for Casey,bummer! Wouldn’t be surprised to hear someday they do end up together though,they have such great chemistry!  But yeah she’s probably looking at Stefano without that shirt on as fuzzywuzzy said. lol

  • Anonymous

    Casey was to young for her… as long as everyone is happy….

  • Anonymous

    Aw, Haley, hon.  You can do better than that.

  • Moria Polonius

    Meh. I’ve never particularly liked Stefano whereas I like Haley, so I’m kinda disappointed in her choice.

    I thought she’d go for Casey, bummer!

    As far as relationships of people I don’t know go, I’d prefer that one too. 

    Oh well, I hope she makes the best of it. 

  • GS61

    I agree about this creating buzz for them.  They’ve both been flying a little under the radar lately, so this is a good thing for both of them.
    I think they make an adorable little (they are both really tiny in person, lol) couple.
    Good luck to them.

  • Anonymous

    I have to say I am kind of disappointed. I liked Casey. Not a fan of Stefano. I wonder how long this will last with these two anyway. Hope they have fun while it lasts. lol

  • Anonymous

    Well we don’t really know either of them do we?  Who is anone to judge their choices?  Good for them!  I hope they’re very happy together.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with clearone in that we don’t know either of them, but I shall be really shallow anyway and go by looks and the little bit I saw of them on Idol, and say that Hayley and Stefano make a much better looking couple, a much better match visually. Hayley and Casey just do not look like they go together. Hayley is beautiful (I thought she was the most attractive female on A10), and Casey is just, well not attractive, although I thing he could be if he got rid of all the hair, it ages him by about 30 years…

  • Anonymous

    I would have preferred Stefano and Pia as a couple since they were my 2 favorites . Haley and Casey seemed like a better match as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Larry-Judge/100003069541032 Larry Judge

    aww, that sucks a lot. Now Stefano is going to become more important just because of that. What about news about Haley’s music?! should be releasing a single this month! But it seems she has been busy, hmm..

  • buzzenator

    Not really excited to see Haley spending time on this with her musical career ready to take off, but she’s young and carefree. My wish…Nolo Stefano.

  • Moria Polonius

    People who want to stay mentally healthy and happy don’t totally put on hold their personal lives for the sake of career. The fact that Haley’s dating doesn’t mean she’s neglecting her musical career.

    ETA: I haven’t followed Haley news closely enough, is it known what kind of music she’s going to release?

  • Tess

    Isn’t it statistically true that most people date or find their spouse because of “work” related situations.  Guess Stefano and Haley can add their names to the list.

    Like in tons of other situations where I don’t really know these people I can still say that I don’t get Haley’s attraction to Stefano.  The guy is a real turn off for me.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Rune Westberg, producer, describes it as “Super cool soulful Pop”, she has described it as “60’s Motown with Hip Hop Beats”, so Retro Soul. 

  • buzzenator

    Breaking news for Pia Toscano, ‘dating your music’ may be unhealthy and unhappy…for Haley, 6-12 months of a delay for the “dating” Stefano thing would probably do wonders for kick starting her career IMHO.

  • SaSa8

    While following the AI tour this summer, there were rumors then about the two of them being together.  They seemed to always head toward the busses together or not show up at the baracades.  So I’m not surprised.  But to be honest, Stephano only seems to be in the news for stuff other than his singing.  IMO I can’t really see him having much success at this point. 

  • Moria Polonius

    I completely don’t get what you mean with the Pia example. And if you delay dating someone by 6-12 months, they most likely go ahead and find someone else. I don’t care for Stefano, but Haley possibly does. Really, I don’t think having a love life can ruin anyone’s chances for a career. They’re not mutually exclusive. 

  • TBTW

    Anyone following Haley or Stefano closely knows that this has been going on for a while and that they have both tried to keep it discreet.   I am disappointed that James inadvertently confirmed it while trying to explain why Haley was at his wedding!  lol

    That being said, I wish them both the best.  Aside from the obvious that they make a great looking couple… I think both are very talented, ambitous and family oriented.  I don’t think Haley would be dating him if Stefano really was the “ladies man” they portrayed him as on Idol. Seems to me that Stefano would have been bragging about this more if he was.

  • escape

    Whatever happened to Casey Abrams?  Stefano?  He ego is too big for his pint size.

  • Moria Polonius

    Thanks, it’s good to know! Qhile “60’s Motown with Hip Hop Beats” is about as much of a head scratcher as Adam’s “Saturday Night Fever meets Nine Inch Nails”, it sounds ~different and I absolutely love Haley’ voice so I’m really curious to hear the end product. (If Plan B managed to pull off the genius that is The Defamation of Strickland Banks, anything’s possible, not that I demand such genius from Iovine and Haley.)

  • Anonymous

    Casey looks like a crazy mountain man in the pictures of the wedding.

    Good for Haley and Stefano, but I don’t think it (their relationship or that it’s out) is a big deal at all.  Being married doesn’t make Kris Allen any less cute.  Beyonce just had a baby and plenty of guys find her mighty attractive. 

    Frankly, I’m more concerned that Casey seems to have little sense regarding his appearance.  He’d just be so much more attractive if he lost 20 pounds . . . 5 of it in hair.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIFPBOAFQRVIUEIL32XMZDI43E Ratha

    Well, It’s her choice to pick Stefano. She is in love with Stefano, so she’s dating him or Stefano is chasing her and using his skill to flirt with Haley until Haley can’t help but dating him, It is as simple as that :D They make a much better couple than Casey-Haley although Stefano-Pia would be a good couple too :D
    It’s just my personal view. Wish them both of luck with their career and love life.

  • Anonymous

    This will only help them fly above the radar if it impacts outside the Idol Bubble and is picked up by a major(ish) site and or publication. It’ll be interesting to see if it happens. 

    I’ll leave the comments about ego and whatnot to others. Nothing but congrats to the pair! 

  • Anonymous

    Awwwww I love james-he is so sweet.  Great news about Stefano & Haley-They make a beautiful Couple.

  • Landmd

    Grats to Haley and Stefano! Better news would be when Haley’s single and album are dropping!! :)

  • Anonymous

    There are a few other artists out there who marry Motown influenced retro soul to hip-hop and retro soul/pop in general is starting to become popular, so hopefully this is a good sign for Haley when her music is released

    As for who she’s dating, I don’t really care. She should date whoever makes her happy

  • larc

    They could both do a lot worse.  I wish them luck and happiness.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, whatever makes them happy is fine by me. And yes, I can’t wait for original music from Haley!

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    As long as they don’t do a duet I’m good. LOL

  • ronnie

    Nice power couple- but I have noticed on the Haley boards they despise Stephano so I’m not sure how they are going to handle it being confirmed.  But as long as she is happy, that’s all that matters to me.  I wish her much luck.

  • Incipit

    As for who she’s dating, I don’t really care. She should date whoever makes her happy.

    Works for me. Romances are often fleeting – and not necessarily logical. NMB.

    What is cool – Haley and Casey still have their musical friendship – they can duet together if it works out, without any complications. That’s logical.

  • Anonymous

    I am joining the majority opinion by saying they are a darling young couple.  Seeing young love is uplifting.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t help but recall the snippet during the Top 7 episode when each Idol was being described by the others. When Haley was highlighted, Stephano said something on the lines of “Haley and I have a love/hate r’ship” and then Haley was shown saying “more on the side of hate” with a little smirk. I also recall Stephano sitting next to Haley on the couch with his arm around her in one of the segments.

    My fave during Stephano’s bit was Jacob saying “S will flirt with a piece of paper if he has the opportunity. If he finds out it may potentially have estrogen in it, he will flirt with a piece of paper.” Classic!

    A little OT: That episode was by far my favorite of the entire season not only b/c of the funny bits they did about each other but I loved almost every single performance that night.

  • Anonymous

    LOL! Now that’s an odd couple.

    EDIT: weird…this was in reply to an post about Casey & Pia getting together. Guess it’s been deleted

  • Anonymous

    How cute are they !!   I never really saw Haley with Casey.
    I wish them the best !   

    Yes, Idol romances are exciting and we haven’t really had but a couple.
    I guess Ace and Diana count even though they were on different seasons.
    I think they actually met on Broadway.

    Any others?

  • http://twitter.com/dy7764 dy77

    This was a big secret? I feel like I have read this for months on Twitter. Anyway, good luck to them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kat-Myers/100001011861766 Kat Myers

    Mama Langone had already tweeted about her girl Haley visiting over the holidays so I doubt James saying what he did *really* let the cat out of the bag.  That said, I guess what James said is more likely to have a wider audience but Mama didn’t think it needed to be under the radar so I don’t know why James should be pre-occupied with keeping a secret.  No biggie anyways.  Reports of Stefano and Haley being last ones to the venues and arriving together were commonplace during tour.  Anyone who didn’t put 2 and 2 together just didn’t care enough to.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Stefano is a cutie and I loved his personality. I think he was also one of the better singers and should have gone farther. Good for Haley!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kat-Myers/100001011861766 Kat Myers

    LULZ And yet it’s James that gets the heat for being indiscreet.  Mama Langone tweets, People Mag photographs them as a couple, the wedding photog knows … oh well, if James can take the heat, it’s a safe bet he will. :p

  • Anonymous

    I wonder why Haley fans would despise Stefano so much?  Has he ever done anything wrong at all, except for being a little vocal with his ego?  Am I missing something?

  • Anonymous

    Theres rumors of contestants on every season hooking up. Kelly and justin were a couple I think and maybe more. I have to be honest though, this one is a little strange and um kinda gross lol

  • Anonymous

    I think the meme was that Haley was the anti-Pia. The outsider cool chick vs. the plastic one. Stefano is supposed to be Pia’s match not Haley. ;) So Haley is kind of throwing some fans for a loop.

    Anyway I remember gossip that Haley hated Pia because Stefano liked her. Maybe it was true!

  • Anonymous

    I saw some Haley fans on twitter saying this is going to cost her some sales.  Huh?  Why would anyone base what music they buy by who they are or aren’t dating?  And why, if you are a fan of Haley, would you not buy her music because of this? I guess I just don’t get it.

  • Anonymous

    I tend to doubt this rumor.  Pia constantly tweets stuff like “with my girl Haley” and posts pictures of her and Haley hanging out, and hanging off each other ….

  • shamrock

    I think they are a cute couple, both fun-loving and energetic and pint-sized.

    How great it is to be young and in love. I assume they both know that they are on the first steps on their careers and won’t have as much time for each other as your ordinairy college couple. Still they decided that they want to try it with each other – I guess that means something. Will it hold? No idea, only the future can tell.

  • koshka

    “I tend to doubt this rumor.  Pia constantly tweets stuff like “with my girl Haley” and posts pictures of her and Haley hanging out, and hanging off each other ….”

    YEAH… but who is taking the picture??? LOL

  • shamrock

    I don’t really get it either, except for some not really fortunate interview parts early on, I cannot find much to fault him.

    Here ist a reason/example why I like Stefano:

    In the Top 11 (?) result show, the one with Hulk Hogan that gave James nearly a heart attack, LOL, there is a cut from Hulk/James/Paul to the Idols sitting on the bench and you see Stefano clapping and beaming like he just won the world championships.

    I don’t really know, but my personal opinion is, that Stefano gives a rodent’s behind about Wrestling, but he knew/saw that James (and probably Paul) were having a blast.

    The ability to be unbridledly happy for someone else without having a benefit from it, makes him for me a good friend – and I guess a good partner, too. :)

  • Ringo

    I can’t believe you forced me to watch that entire video just to hear confirmation of what we already have read and certainly many speculated about.  James sounded like a baseball player tossing out canned statements that bordered on the absurd (like the friends and family = fans statement that he lost me on).

    The only thing that shocks me is that Haley’s parents didn’t already spill the beans months ago as is their habit.  Makes me think the dating thing may be a lot less serious than suggested here (where some are planning for the Reinhart/Langone nuptials already).

  • Anonymous

    This is pretty common knowledge–those two just have not confirmed it. I always sort of hoped she and Casey would get together–I think they have great chemistry and seem to be old souls. OTOH, I think it’s likely that the Caley friendship will last a lot longer than the Haley/Stefano romance.

    It must be kind of uncomfortable for Casey when those two are always asked about their “romance” I hope Haley didn’t hurt Casey’s feelings when she started to date Stefano–since Casey/Haley were very tight during the show.

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    It must be kind of uncomfortable for Casey when those two are always asked about their “romance” I hope Haley didn’t hurt Casey’s feelings when she started to date Stefano–since Casey/Haley were very tight during the show.

    Casey and Stefano wrote a song together during the tour, didn’t they? And the Stefaley romance was going on then, so I guess Casey is dealing with Stefano well enough. It is entirely possible that Haley was just as close to Stefano as she was Casey during the show, just in a different way, and Casey has known that the entire time. There were rumors even during S10 that Stefano and Haley were dating, before all the Caley speculation really fired up.

    The Haley fans who think this relationship “revelation” will ruin her career or hurt her sales are of the opinion that all new young singers need to be unattached to make it big, and only after reaching that point can they admit to being in a relationship. Haley is so far from being the kind of teen idol where that sort of thinking really matters that I don’t get the concern.

  • halo9125

    I don’t get it either- I thought it was just me.

    Everybody is different- some people want to give 110% to their careers, others balance personal life and career, some put personal happiness and relationships ahead of everything else. It’s about what works for that person, and far be it for me to pass judgment on that. 

    As for the Haley/Stefano thing, I personally don’t get it, but who am I to say?

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    I wonder why Haley fans would despise Stefano so much? Has he ever done anything wrong at all, except for being a little vocal with his ego? Am I missing something?

    No, that’s it, though I think some would say Stefano’s comments were not just signs of a healthy ego, but rose to the level of toolishness or d-baggery. Plus with him being the guy who took off his shirt during the tour, if one was inclined already to think Stefano was rather impressed with himself, the shirtless vamping did nothing but confirm that feeling. Not that I necessarily think that way about him myself, but I imagine that’s the nature of the negativity…

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I was thinking, too.  There’s a whole dramatic storyline about Pia/Stefano and Haley/Casey in my AI:S10 fan fiction.

  • Anonymous

    Yes but this isn’t fan fiction, it’s real life. 

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    There was actually an US Weekly story about a Pia/Stefano/Haley/Casey quadrangle thing early in S10. It was along with the story about Paul video chatting with Nikki, and Lauren with Taylor Lautner from Twilight, so take it with barrels of salt. It went something like, Haley and Stefano had something going but then he dumped her to chase after Pia, who wasn’t interested. Haley, meanwhile, turned to Casey for comfort. The truth is probably a little less interesting, but even the tabloids didn’t make Stefano out to be a two timer, so that’s something, lol…

  • Anonymous

    James just had a root canal done.  Terrible news.  Root canals are dead, get no blood supply, and always get infected.  Oh, well, he’s young and learning.

  • Anonymous

    I always got the feeling since that Love-Hate skit on the Idol episodes that Stefano and Haley really liked each other, even though everyone thought they hated each other. The tour videos confirmed that.

  • http://twitter.com/Gemini_Dolly J3%%!C@

    What??? I thought Hayley was annoyed by Stefano?  Wasnt there an article about that during the show?

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  • Anonymous

    Plus with him being the guy who took off his shirt during the tour, if one was inclined already to think Stefano was rather impressed with himself, the shirtless vamping did nothing but confirm that feeling.

    Yeah, but you got to admit, his shirtless self was something to be impressed about. Lordy, I still remember, he looked mighty fine. 

  • Anonymous

    If “dating”, does it mean that they are really hooking-up as boyfriend and girlfriend, or just trying to get the the girl (in this case looks like Stefano) by having dates? He didn’t exactly say that they are an item so how sure is it that they are going steady? Anyway, because I don’t know Stefano personally and he seems like a good man (but he is sort of a ladies man so I don’t know how serious he is with Haley) so if it is their choice then I hope for the best for the 2 of them! 

  • too-cool-for-school

    I remembered something like that too. It seemed like they both had a mutual disliking for each other at one point. Maybe it was a cover-up? Either way, they/their attitudes both kinda irk me. They’re good singers but they’re pretty uppity for people that haven’t really achieved that much success in the music biz yet. But what do I know? :D

  • TBTW

    First of all – I wouldn’t say that Haley fans in general despise Stefano… but yes some of the more vocal fans are against the relationship.

    My guess it’s mainly for two reasons;  1) that they like Casey better and were hoping Casey and Haley were or would get together, and/or 2) they believe the TV edit where Stefano was portrayed as a “player” and will hurt or cheat on Haley.

    Count me in as one of the Haley fans that is supportive of “Staley” because it seems to me like she is really happy with him (see video tour pics for evidence) and I think they share a lot in common, including a very supportive musically talented family.

  • Leandro Cardim Da Silva

    Haley seems to have some really CBD fans. But they must be just something like 1 or 2%. The normal fans really don’t care for it, and will just buy her CD even if she’s dating somekind of Charlie sheen. And, of course, people out of the bubble who eventually liked some of her songs couldn’t care less about if she dates stefano or even if she dates a girl.

  • Leandro Cardim Da Silva

    But I must say, her CD is really taking a long time to be released. Even though she has a very devoted fanbase (not big, but dedicated, like James) it may costs her some sales.

    And what about Pia? I think Interscope really forgot they have a record deal with her. LOL

  • Anonymous

    The more popular moniker (canon, if you will) of the Stefano-Haley relationship is called Stefaley, while Steley is the interesting shipping (even though personally is kind of creepy) of Haley-Steven Tyler (there is even a fan fiction for that, you know where it is IDFers, haha), and the Casey-Haley ship is called (and canon name based on tweets from Interscope during the BICO release) is called Caley. Yeah, shipping doesn’t need to be serious, but it is sure good enjoyment to see relationships – may it be friendly, musical or romantic – within the group.

  • halo9125

    Pia tweeted the other night about a promo tour. They have absolutely not forgotten her, and new music should be released shortly.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Thanks for pointing that out. They have pulled in some huge names to work with Pia on her new album and I can’t wait to hear what they came up with. I think “This Time” was a mistake since it was obviously an “off the shelf” song they were trying to make work for her to capture some quick sales and it harmed her reputation some because of it not doing well. I think they learned their lesson, went back to the drawing board and will shock a lot of naysayers when the new material comes out. Pia has grown as an artist since the show and I am rooting for her to make it! 

    As far as Haley taking a long time, it is all relative. I think Interscope is treating her not so much as an AI contestant but more as a new artist to market to a Non-AI crowd. They put out some feelers for the size of her fan base with the EP and BICO and found, like most AI contestants, TV viewers don’t buy albums. I think, and this is only hopeful speculation, that when her single drops you will see it promoted like any other Interscope artist’s new work. I can’t see them spending all the time and money to make the album with the writers/producers they’ve pulled in to just rely on her her fan base. 

  • Ringo

    As to the Haley, Stefano moniker, I’d go with Halfano, because Haley should go first and their kids are going to really going to be mini-me’s. 

  • Anonymous

    What about HaleNo, Haha. 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/QITX2RYNSHNN3QTIOLDNSZ5D74 someone

    OMgosh. He’s less than desirable. He’s a big flirt. I’m sure he see’s it as a notch on his sleeve. So he gets the pretty gal and when he gets bored he’ll move on with his boring self. There is a reason he was voted off early. It was no accident. People don’t find him all that after all.

    She needs someone swankier than tiny steph. Give me a break.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/QITX2RYNSHNN3QTIOLDNSZ5D74 someone

    and a big kudos to Kelly Clarkson for supporting Dr Paul. I think I’ll buy her CD now.