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Pia Toscano's Ex Wasn't a Mark Ballas Casualty

4/18/2011 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"American Idol" cast-off Pia Toscano was a single woman two months BEFORE coming to Hollywood in March ...  and long before she started dating Mark Ballas ... TMZ has learned.

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As we previously reported, Pia and Mark went out on a date the NIGHT AFTER she got the boot from "Idol" ... and have since ratcheted up their romance.

There's a report out that Pia unceremoniously dumped her caterer boyfriend Carlos Nunez to trade up to Ballas.

But our "Dancing with the Stars"/"American Idol" spies tell us ... Carlos was history long before Mark entered the picture.

Check out the pics we got of Pia and her ex.  Ah, what could have been.


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16.

hearts    

Hmmm...he was at her top 12 performance, and her mother was hugging him after she sang...get your story straight people, lmfao.

1263 days ago
17.

Allergic2bs    

This article is pure BS he was out there to see her at least 3 times and was on tv everytime! They were together up until recently she went on dates with mark whille she was still with carlos!!! The week of fme has gone to her head!

1263 days ago
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mick    

I dont think this girl cheated. she has a really good reputation. What is happening is she is being sabotaged. She is beautiful and talented. She is a new "It girl" that guys think is really hot. In the nypost, her boyfriend didnt look too handsome. (Maybe he is a great guy) Furthermore, he is a 28 year old carterer while she is a 22 year old budding star. The articles claim she was like 17 or 18 and he was 23 when they met, what 23 year old wants a 17 year old? If young guys who think she is hot sees her with him, the consensus is her stock will drop. I doubt she cheated on this kid but their is someone out there trying to insure her and her boyfriend don't last. Honestly, chances are they won't. it's sad but she wants to be famous so she has to live with it. They want her with a david wright or someone like that. Not Carlos the Carterer. its a s***bag move but that is hollywood.

1263 days ago
19.

Steelerchick    

I didn't know her ex was Cheech Moran!! Wow!!

1263 days ago
20.

Marie    

if this is true, (that she was broken up with the her boyfriend long before coming to Hollywood in March) why did she say in a brief interview after making it to top 13 that she was "dating" someone back home when the interviewer asked her about a boyfriend. and also, why did she recently change her "private" facebook page default photo to a picture of her and carlos?

1263 days ago
21.

mick    

on facebook there are so many fake accounts, someone else might have put it up. Her bf is not a good looking guy but in his defense, Mark Ballas isn't either.

1263 days ago
22.

Marie    

@mick, the fb account is her personal page. She sent a msg to the fans apologizing that she could not sign them on that page, and gave a link to go to her fan page. Also, to you her bf is not good looking, but maybe she is not the type that focus on a man's looks and all that. Maybe, just maybe she see the heart of him and not his looks!

1263 days ago
23.

Marty    

Tell me who ISN'T sick of this MORTICIA ADDAMS chick's face being plastered EVERYWHERE since she got the boot off of Idol. NO ONE LIKES YOU, PIA! WE VOTED YOU OFF!!! Go away! She had some nerve being at Idol last week and I'm glad Stefano didn't get booted last week following Pia because I bet she was rooting for him to go. Every damn week she stood there and nodded her head at the judges when they said something, dare I even say, critical of her...as if to say, "I'm really not listening because I KNOW I'm the best." Give me a break! She sucked and anyone, any producer who thinks she's got something to offer the music industry is some fool who probably goes home at night and strokes off to the dated soundtrack of The Sound of Music! Hollywooders want to get a piece of her and will spit her out in a few weeks when she's become old news or too much of a headache for them. I suspect she thinks her ***** is made of gold, too!

1263 days ago
24.

Marty    

Mark is just using the novelty of Pia's "fame" to benefit himself! What was it that Pia said she was told by Hollywood insiders: "Stand next to someone famous"? Hello: that's EXACTLY what Mark is doing...all the more publicity as a free ride standing next to the Stepford chick! He's using her. Another face will come along next week and become his next flavor of the month. I don't see anyone finding true love with Pia Toscano except maybe a corpse! And even that would be stretching it! She's nasty!

1263 days ago
25.

vata    

I know this dude, as matter of fact i live next door to him.. And to be honest WTF people? Leave the guy alone. Hes a humble dude who works his ass off. Articles just get Lamer and Lamer..

1263 days ago
26.

vata    

On a side note i bet 3/4 the people talking nonsense about one or the other know "one or the other".. Like i said.. Lame.. use ur real names or something you can be identified by if u have something to say. always show ur true colors people

1263 days ago
27.

Marty    

@ Marie: You seriously think Pia is more interested in a guy's heart than his looks? Seriously? The girl who cares for nobody but herself!!! There isn't one Idol this year she would not have thrown under the bus to win this competition. And you are forgetting one thing: the voters consistently did not vote for her. Her getting booted off was not just a one week fluke...it was in the making with week after week of her number of votes coming in lower and lower. Voters didn't like her or how she portrayed herself as a conceited, stuck-up, wanna-be diva. She fell flat on her face and no matter how long this little fame ride goes on for Pia, she's never going to amount to anything or anyone memorable!

1263 days ago
28.

David     

Pia can do better. The guy is a mulatto half latino and half black dude who works as a caterer.

1262 days ago
29.

GatoNegro    

Why do they keep pushing her and Mark. They went on a group dinner. Mark says he is not dating anyone.

1262 days ago
30.

inirforfun81    

Well I guess its safe to say Pia has a "type", her ex looks just like Mark Ballas.

1262 days ago
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