Before you start nodding your head in agreement, let me get to the story first. Ryan Seacrest is currently dating Dancing With the Stars contestant Julianne Hough. Their relationship wasn’t a simple matter of his publicist calling her publicist. It took years of persistence starting from when she was 18 to systematically break her down to get a date with her. It was a challenge as he had many obstacles to overcome. The biggest of which was that Julianne thought Ryan was a big queer.

The “shocking” revelation was made the other day at a Morton’s steakhouse when someone asked Julianne how they met. Julianne said, “He was after me since I was 18 … he totally wasn’t my type … I thought he was gay. After a few years, he was persistent … so I went out with him on a date and I realized how much I liked him.”

Julianne is 22 now and Seacrest is 35. I have to hand it to Seacrest. He sets his sights high and doesn’t give up. That’s more than you can say about Jessica Simpson these days. The only sights she sets is on the triple chocolate meltdown at Applebees.