AJ Michalka, whose birth name is Amanda Joy Michalka, was once every child’s dream girl, with her being featured in numerous major Disney Channel projects. The American actress later made it big through her performances in other movies and TV shows.
In addition, Michalka is a talented singer and one-half of the renowned musical duo Aly & AJ — Aly is her older sister. The sister duo has released multiple albums – Into the Rush in particular – which have garnered them worldwide fame.
With such a busy and flourishing career, some might think that AJ might not have some free time to focus on her personal life. If that’s the case, you are wrong, as the musician has had a fair share of relationships to this date.
Is AJ Michalka married?
AJ, in particular, is yet to share the wedding vows and settle down with a husband. But, her older sister, Aly, has already been married for over six years with her husband Stephen Ringer – they started dating in 2013 and got married on June 6, 2015.
AJ Michalka with her older sister Aly Michalka (Photo: Instagram)
Coming back to AJ, while she might not be married to a husband, she does have a supportive boyfriend. She has been in a romantic relationship with Josh Pence for more than four years, as of this writing.
Michalka and Pence officially began dating on August 8, 2017. It’s believed that the present couple first met each other during the filming of Take Me – AJ and Aly’s music video – and began dating later.
There is only a difference of a little over a month between the couple’s dating initiation and the music video’s release, which was on September 14, 2017.
Since the two began dating, they have always been together and accompanied each other at several events. Michalka’s Instagram handle also hints that she loves to travel worldwide, explore the wilderness, and do many more things with her boyfriend.
Nonetheless, she only makes occasional posts related to her love life and tends to maintain some privacy. One of her recent posts featuring her partner was on the occasion of their fourth dating anniversary, on August 8, 2021.
She had taken to her Instagram handle to share a single picture of her boyfriend. “Happy 4 years baby. 8.8 (I love you. Your [sic] my Carmel by the Sea),” Michalka captioned her post.
Sometime later, Pence went down in the comment section to pour his love for his girlfriend. He wrote, “and date night? Thanks for the front row tix to your brilliant song & dance rendition of Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” in nothing but a pair of hightops the other night. I’m a lucky man and you’re a wild woman. Ok bye.”
AJ Michalka with her boyfriend Josh Pence (Photo: Instagram)
The anniversary post had also received a heartwarming response from the couple’s friends and well-wishers. As of now, it’s reported that Michalka and Pence have been living together for a few years.
Who is AJ Michalka’s boyfriend?
Like herself, Michalka’s present boyfriend is a fellow actor from Santa Monica, California. Pence has appeared in several renowned movies and TV shows which has helped him make a name for himself.
His first big role came in 2010 when he appeared in David Fincher’s The Social Network – starring Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg, and Justin Timberlake. In it, he played the secret role of Tyler Winklevoss.
As to why it was a secret role, in the movie, the character of Tyler Winklevoss was the twin brother of Cameron Winklevoss – played by actor Armie Hammer. And to make the two characters twins, the filmmakers used Hammer’s face over Pence’s face through visual effects and motion capture.
Nonetheless, Pence was ever-present during the filming of the three Academy Award-winning movie.
Apart from The Social Network, he has appeared in Parks and Recreation, The Dark Knight Rises, Gangster Squad, The Algerian, Revenge, La La Land, The Man in the High Castle, Hosea, and Good Trouble.
Born on June 8, 1982, as Joshua Charles Pence, he was raised in Santa Monica, California. His father is a real estate agent named Charles Pence, and his mother is an elementary school teacher named Linda. He has a younger brother named Jason.
Josh Pence with his father and brother (Photo: Instagram)
The 6 feet 3 inches tall actor first attended Santa Monica High School and later enrolled at Dartmouth College. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004 and subsequently moved to New York City.
AJ Michalka’s dating history
Michalka’s first known relationship was with the American singer-songwriter Joe Jonas, her Disney Channel colleague at that time. It’s reported that they were dating in 2005, and their togetherness lasted for about a year.
While they were dating, Jonas became Michalka’s first kiss. Talking about that to BuzzFeed in 2016, she said, “It happened at a bowling alley in middle America on tour in like, Michigan. [The Jonas Brothers] opened for us when we were all like, 15, and so we started dating and we were together for a year.”
Following her relationship with Jonas, she was seemingly linked to Ryan Sheckler, a well-known skateboarder – in 2008. They often hung out multiple times but never confirmed or denied the dating rumors.
All of that was happening at one moment, and it completely stopped as Michalka started dating Bennet Heimple, who looked like Sheckler. While they were together, there came numerous PDA-filled pictures of the duo.
A couple of months later, Michalka and Heimple broke up. After that, she was in a relationship with actor Hunter Parish. Their relationship seemed quite strong as they also appeared together at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.
But, the togetherness eventually ended around a year later. Michalka was then in a brief relationship with Ryan Blair and Harrison Mead. Then, in late 2013, she began dating Keenan Tracey after meeting each other on the sets of the Canadian crime series Motive.
Their relationship looked very serious as the musician had told all of her friends about Tracey. Besides, she even used to fly out to Vancouver whenever possible to meet her then-boyfriend – Michalka lived in Los Angeles, and Tracey resided in Vancouver.
Additionally, she even invited Tracey to her older sister’s wedding held in Italy. All of that hinted they would be together for a long haul. However, all of that was shattered when Tracey was seen alongside his female co-star Priscilla Quintana.
It led to the end of their relationship. However, it now seems like the former loves are on good terms. And following her split with Tracey, Michalka took a break from dating and focused more on her career until she found her present boyfriend, Josh Pence.