Looking at Sarah Hyland’s Instagram, you would think she’s in Hollywood’s happiest relationship based on the amount of adorable pics she posts with boyfriend Dominic Sherwood. But despite the fact that the duo has been dating for two years already, fans are still curious about the actress’ former boyfriend, Matt Prokop.
After dating for over five years, the couple went through a nasty split in 2014 that involved abuse allegations. Sarah was granted a three-year restraining order against her ex after he allegedly threatened to hurt her and her dog. “People have to go through things in order to become the person that they are today,” the 26-year-old told Meredith Vieira shortly after the breakup.
According to legal documents, Matt “terrorized [Sarah] both verbally and physically during the last four years of their relationship.” The Modern Family star claimed that during one particular fight, the High School Musical 3 actor choked her so tight that she “could not breathe or speak.”
Sarah and Matt in 2014.
Sarah reportedly asked her on-screen mom, Julie Bowen, to be there during the breakup, though when Matt figured out what was happening, he allegedly “threatened to set one of [Sarah’s] homes on fire and threatened that she would never see her dog (Barkley) again.”
Thankfully, the brunette beauty seems to have found a good egg in Dominic. “Always sad to leave that smile,” she recently captioned a pic of the 27-year-old.
“My type is people who make me laugh,” Sarah previously told Life & Style when asked what types of traits her ideal man possesses. “I don’t think it’s so much about looks. It’s about personality, honestly — a sense of humor, sincerity, ambition and drive.”
As for Matt, 26, his last acting credit was for the 2013 film, April Apocalypse. We guess the saying “Karma’s a bitch” rings true in this case.