Paris Dylan is an American model, television personality and Instagram star, who gained popularity for posting provocative photos on her Instagram account and for being involved in a catfishing scandal with National Basketball Association (NBA) player, Chris Andersen .
Early life and family
Paris Roxanne Dylan was born Paris Dunn on February 21, 1994 in Riverside, California, USA, to Jack Crone and Suzi Dunn. Her father was a professional racing driver and mechanic, and the owner of Jack Crone Racing. She has a younger sister named Courtney Crone, a 19-year-old racing driver, who has been racing since she was four years old, and is 16e season in the racing world.
She was Formula Speed 2.0 Champion and Formula Speed 2.0 Triple Champion in the 2018 Formula Car Challenge Series at the IndyCar Grand Prix at Sonoma Raceway. The youngest in the family is called China.
Not much else is known about her family.
It is said that she has applied for high school.
Dylan started her modeling career at the age of 17. She appeared on an episode of Bravo TV’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” in March 2015, and was featured on the MTV reality show “Catfish” produced and co-hosted by Nev Schulman with Kamie Crawford and Max Jozef.
It was about the truths and lies behind online dating, and being a victim of catfishing — she agreed to be on the show in 2017, and Paris was also interviewed about that on ABC’s 20/20.
She gained popularity for the pictures she posted on her verified Instagram account, wearing skimpy outfits and showing off her curves. Paris has more than half a million followers on her account. She has an online site, parisdylanmodel.com, that sells posters of her wearing bikinis and lingerie. It was said that her photos ended up on online dating sites and men’s magazines.
Paris is currently to date 74-year-old American singer-songwriter Don McLean, who met in early 2016 and became his social media manager.
It has not been disclosed when they started dating, but pictures of them traveling together were posted on their Instagram accounts since that year. She also accompanied Don on his concert tours.
From a recent interview with “This Morning” TV host Eamonn Holmes, Don told them that he is currently in Paris during this Covid19 pandemic. This revelation sparked anger from the viewers, especially when he talked about their 50-year age difference.
Who is Don McLean?
Don McLean was born on October 2, 1945 in New Rochelle, New York State to parents Donald McLean of Scottish descent and Elizabeth Bucci of Italian descent. He was interested in music of different genres from the age of five as he used to listen to the radio for hours.
He bought his first guitar when he was a teenager and took opera lessons from his sister. McLean leaned towards folk music when he was influenced by the Weavers’ recording “Live at the Carnegie Hall” in 1955, and he contacted and befriended Erik Darling of the folk music quartet when he was 16.
In 1969, he recorded “Tapestry” under Mediarts Records, after being rejected by 72 record labels. The songs on his debut studio album were all written by him, and although it received good reviews, it did not become a commercial success until it was re-released in 1971 under United Artists Records when it acquired Mediarts. The songs included “Castles in the Air” which made the Top 40 Billboard Easy Listening Chart and “And I Love You So”, which Perry Como recorded in 1973 and was nominated for a Grammy.
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The ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, Elvis Presley, also did a cover, and it was on his 22nd studio album, “Today”.
The single “American Pie” from the album of the same name released in 1971 topped the Billboard 100 chart in four weeks in 1972 and sold more than three million copies. Madonna, the Queen of Pop, did a cover in 2000 and went to number one in the UK Singles Chart and top 30 in the US. The song was ranked number five on the RIAA’s (Recording Industry Association of America) “Songs of the Century” project and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.
The album featured ‘Vincent’, which topped the UK chart and reached number 12 in the US. It paid homage to Vincent van Gogh with the opening line “Starry, starry night,” a reference to his 1889 painting “The Starry Night.” Josh Groban also did his own version of the song.
Over the years, many of the songs he had written have been recorded by popular singers not only in the US but also in other countries, thus reaching a very wide audience. Don was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.
Don has been married and divorced twice – his first wife was Carol Sauvion, the director and executive producer of the docuseries “Craft in America,” and won the Peabody and Emmy award for it. They were married from 1969 to ’76, but had no children.
His second wife was Patricia Schnier – they married in 1987 and divorced in 2016 after 29 years, and have two children named Wyatt and Jackie.
McLean was arrested in July 2016 at his home in Camden, Maine for alleged domestic violence. He pleaded guilty to four counts and paid a $3,000 fine as part of the plea deal and to avoid jail time, the domestic violence charge was dismissed. Patricia accused Don of having a violent temper and suffered physical and verbal abuse throughout their three decades of marriage. She was then given a temporary protection order from Don, who issued a statement saying that the past year had been difficult for them and that he was not a villain.
His lawyer said he pleaded guilty not because he was guilty, but to keep the matter as private as possible and close his family.
Interesting facts and rumours
- Paris favorites: pastels, especially lavender and yellow; music from the 60s and 70s; and attending comic conventions dressed as Wonder Woman and Miss Vulcan from “Star Trek.”
- She is active on her social media accounts such as Instagram @parisdylan550 and Twitter @Paris5503.
- She has the same name as the actor and producer, Paris Dylan, who starred in the sci-fi movie “Sink Hole” (2013); short comedy film, “Out of Town” (2017); and documentary, “Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy” (2017).
Catfish scandal with Chris Andersen
Paris was involved in a scandal with NBA player Chris Andersen that led to an international criminal investigation.
The two began an online relationship in 2011 that went as far as X-rated conversations, exchanging nudes, and a weekend rendezvous in Denver when they first met. She was also friends with Tom Taylor, who said he was Chris’s best friend. Paris said that when she first met Chris, she shrugged off the inconsistencies between what they were talking about at the time and their online conversations.
After that weekend, she said she was going to meet Blake Griffin at an LA Clipper event because a friend gave her tickets. Tom was furious and threatened to have her raped and killed if she went. He even said that Chris shared her photos with him, and he posted them online for a while. She got scared and told everything to her mother, whereupon they called the police.
Chris’ lawyer said someone claiming to be Paris’ mother had emailed Chris that she knew he was spending the weekend with her 17-year-old daughter. He said Chris, who was 33 at the time, thought she was 21, and anyway in Colorado the legal age is 15, so nothing criminal happened. However, the nude photos on his phone could be considered child pornography. He then sent $3,000 via PayPal to protect Chris.
In May 2012, the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit seized Chris’ computer and phones. It made national headlines, and the Denver Nuggets let Chris go, and he even had to leave town because of the scandal.
An investigation revealed that Chris and Paris were unaware that they were communicating through someone else. It was discovered that it was a woman in her early twenties named Shelly Chartier from Easterville in Manitoba, Canada, who was responsible.
— 👻Paris (@Paris5503) June 27, 2020
When interviewed by ABC’s Deborah Roberts, Shelly, now dubbed the “Ghost of Easterville,” said she never imagined how easy it was to impersonate someone. On a whim, she pretended to be Chris and messaged Paris, a fan writing on his Facebook page, and started pretending to be one for the other and vice versa; she wanted to know how far it could go. Apparently they weren’t her only victims as there were 11 others in three years as she had created Facebook pages and impersonated other celebrities. She was arrested in January 2013 and sentenced to 18 months in 2015, but released in October 2016 after 12 months.
Dylan is 1.67 m tall, weighs about 54 kg and her vital statistics are 38-24-26. She has long black hair and brown eyes. Her shoe size is 8.5.
According to sources, Paris has an estimate net value in excess of $500,000 as of June 2020.