Sarah Hyland spoke publicly for the first time about her ex-boyfriend, Matt Prokop, on “The Meredith Viera Show.” When the host, Viera, asked her how she was coping with the fall-out from her ex, she gave an indirect response by quoting lines from poems by Thomas Dylan and Robert Frost.
“People have to go through things in order to become the person that they are today,” the actress said. “There are two quotes that I want to say. One is a Dylan Thomas poem, 'Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light'…It just strikes a chord in me and also Robert Frost, 'The only way out is through’.”
Hyland, 23, was granted a restraining order against Prokop this month. The actor is prohibited from going anywhere within 100 yards of her and her dog, Barkley Bixby.
The actress alleged that Prokop physically and verbally abused her during the last four years of their long-term relationship. She cited an incident where he slammed her against a car, choked her and called her a cunt after an argument about the outfit she was wearing. In a legal document connected to the case, Hyland stated, “[Prokop’s] grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear of my life.”
After the break-up, Prokop reportedly argued with the actress and threw a lighter at her. He threatened to set her house on fire and harm her dog. He also sent the actress suicidal voicemails.
Hyland met Prokop during an audition for “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” in 2008. They appeared together in the 2011 Disney Channel film “Geek Charming.” They were together for five years.
The actress is best known for playing Haley Dunphy on “Modern Family,” which airs on ABC. She has also appeared in a handful of films and a Broadway musical.
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