Socialite Paris Hilton announces engagement to Ohio actor and model

Paris Hilton, left, and Chris Zylka attend The Fashion Group International's "Night of Stars" gala at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, Oct. 26, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

BOULDER, CO (WKBN/WCMH) – Heiress Paris Hilton announced her engagement to a Howland High School graduate on social media on Tuesday.

Hilton has been dating Chris Zylka, a 32-year-old actor and model who grew up in Youngstown. He was born Chris Settlemire, according to PEOPLE (Zylka is his mother’s maiden name). He played football and majored in art at the University of Toledo.

He proposed during a ski trip in Aspen, Colorado. The pair were posing for a photo after getting lunch in Boulder when Zylka dropped to one knee with a 20-carat, $2 million engagement ring modeled after her mother’s.

“I said Yas! So happy & excited to be engaged to the love of my life,” Hilton wrote in the caption. “My best friend & soulmate. Perfect for me in every way. So dedicated, loyal, loving & kindhearted. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world! You are my dream come true! Thank you for showing me that fairytales do exist.”

Zylka has appeared on TV in “The Leftovers,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Hannah Montana,” “90210,” and 2017 drama “Novitiate.”

Hilton is a businesswoman, model and TV personality whose family members founded Hilton Hotels. She gained fame from a sex tape leaked in 2003 and her reality TV show, “The Simple Life,” which chronicled situations with friend Nicole Ritchie as they were put into low-paying jobs. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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