Here’s What Matt Prokop Has Been Doing Since His Sarah Hyland Scandal
A bad breakup with Sarah Hyland seemingly disrupted Matt Prokop’s career in Hollywood.
There was a time when Matt Prokop was poised to make a name for himself in Hollywood. After getting his start on the Disney Channel (he played Troy McCann in the Miley Cyrus show Hannah Montana), Prokop went on to book various TV and movie roles.
He even became close with Jemma Mckenzie-Brown, of High School Musical fame; the two were rumored to have dated for three months.
Prokop also famously dated Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, from 2009 to 2014. Prokop even appeared as Sarah’s character Haley’s on-screen boyfriend during season 22 of the show.
Things did go downhill after a while though, and an acrimonious split seemed to result in Prokop deciding to walk away from Hollywood for good.
Updated August 14, 2022: Matt Prokop and a rumored girlfriend appear to have broken up, and most sources agree Matt appears to be single and continuing to fly under the radar in Hollywood.
What Happened Between Matt Prokop And Sarah Hyland?
Prokop and Hyland first met during the auditions for High School Musical 3 (Prokop got cast as Jimmie Zara) in 2008. Not long after, they decided to see each other.
“I think we both realized it when we were cool with just hanging out in sweatpants together and didn’t have to think about what we were going to do,” Prokop once told Seventeen. “It just kind of clicked.”
From there, the relationship between Hyland and Prokop became more serious. In fact, for his 21st birthday, Hyland surprised Prokop with a 1971 Volkswagen. He remarked, “It was such an awesome gift, but it’s impossible to top! We always joke about how neither one of us will ever top that.”
Prokop stayed by Hyland’s side as she battled kidney dysplasia.
Sarah Hyland Called Matt Prokop A Great Support System
“He helps me with my medication and takes me to doctor appointments and all the stuff that I need to do to take care of myself,” Hyland elaborated in a separate interview.
“Any other 21-year-old guy would not be there, I guarantee it.” She added, “I am one of the luckiest people in the world to have him be there for me.”
Prokop and Hyland stayed together for several years, which prompted some to suspect that they will tie the knot soon enough. However, Hyland made it clear it wasn’t in her immediate plans.
She also told E! News, “So we’ve been together a long time, we’re practically married. We have a dog [Barkley] and live together, so I’m OK with that.”
Hyland And Prokop Broke Up Amid Allegations Of Violence
In 2014, Hyland and Prokop shocked fans after announcing that they have decided to call it quits.
On September 19, 2014, Hyland had decided to file a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend. In the court documents, the actress revealed that she had decided to make the filing after she received a call from the rehab facility where Prokop went, recommending her to do so.
At the same time, Hyland also revealed that Prokop was abusive towards her throughout most of their time together. She even described an incident wherein “his grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear for my life.”
The actress also revealed that Modern Family co-star Julie Bowen witnessed several incidents between herself and Prokop.
Prokop later addressed Hyland’s accusations on Instagram stories, saying that there was “no evidence just an allegation.”
Following their breakup, the actor also appeared to reference his ex on social media. For instance, after Hyland revealed that she got a tattoo with her new boyfriend Dominic Sherwood, Prokop tweeted, “Never make permanent decisions based on temporary feelings.”
He later added, “I’ll be honest. It hurts like hell watching someone you care about slowly ruin their life. When you can’t do anything to help. #FallenAngel” Prokop later revealed that he entered treatment in 2015 “because I wanted to [harm] myself.”
What Happened To Matt Prokop After The Breakup?
Even before news of the restraining order against him broke, Prokop was already staying under the radar. In fact, the last film he ever worked on is the 2013 horror comedy April Apocalypse.
Since then, it doesn’t appear that he’s taken another job in entertainment.
That said, it seems Prokop has been pursuing another artistic passion lately, specifically photography. In fact, he had even created an Instagram page specifically for his photos (@mprophoto).
One of his photo subjects was assumed to have been his girlfriend, but as of 2022, multiple sources say Matt isn’t dating anyone.
At the moment, it doesn’t seem like Prokop plans to return to Hollywood anytime soon. It is unclear if he’s intentionally laying low or he if had lost his interest in acting altogether.
That said, the (former) actor does seem to have ties in the industry; one of his photographs of Ed Sheeran refers to Ed as Edfunkel, suggesting the two may be friends or work associates.