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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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mick    

i heard he is either 100% hispanic or half hispanic/white. Never heard the kid was black. it really dont matter. She is 22 and naive and doesnt realize the game being played right now. The wya they are trying to market her as this hot chick, she can't have him around. they will constantly spreads rumors about her until the dude has enough. she is 100% not with mark. Next week it will be someone else, watch.

1286 days ago
32.

mick    

bottom line is alot of guys think pia is hot. PLus the girl can sing so the last thing her handlers want is her showing up with Carlos the Carterer. they dont care how nice or hard working he is. they worry about marketablity. They worry most guys especially white guys will look at her and say, "Yuck. That's her boyfriend?" If she stays with him, her management will never allow her to bring him to shows and events. The girl has been on shows all over the place refusing to say she has a bf. Why is that? How many other people on idol bring their bf's, gf's, etc around? They are going to destroy her relationship. Why do you think they are keeping her in LA? what other contestants are still in LA who lost?

1286 days ago
33.

bb    

wow, she has you guys on speed-dial, huh? tmz, did she meet ballas' mother yet? wasn't that the plan for this week in l.a.? talk about oversharing. her trainwreck of a love life is more interesting than her performances, though. i guess you use what you got to stay relevant.

1286 days ago
34.

Sae    

Stop portraying her as a cheater! Do you really think that she would be dumb enough to cheat on her bf while the whole world is watching her?

1286 days ago
35.

Muppet    

American Idol voters were sick of her so she was voted off. Now TMZ readers are sick of her, can we take a vote to get rid of news about her??

1286 days ago
36.

EatMe    

Boring news about a boring girl with a boring life and a boring voice and boring stage presence. I come to TMZ to hear juicy news about c-e-l-e-b-r-i-t-i-e-s. Please remember this before posting anything else about the girl we don't care about. How about some goods on the people we voted to stay on Idol..you know, the ones we like that are still on the show and not the one we voted off!

1286 days ago
37.

Nephtalia    

The poor girl has never ask for anybody to get involved in her personal life.It is not like she go around flaunting her new boyfriend or old one. She loved music, is a great singer if not we will not be talking about her. She went on a group date with a guy and TMZ cornered her. She has problem with stage prescence and dancing. Mark teachs dancing as a profession, his mom and dad own one of the greatest dance school in America. I think to further her career Mark will be a good contact to have. She is 22 years old want to make a living and using all the contact she can get. Don't see what is wrong with that. Now, for that old boyfriend he himself said they had an on and off relationship, that there is thing he wanted her to do that she would not do due to what she wanted to be in the future. So, why would now that she is living thousand of miles away want to go back to an on and off relationship when her future is on the line. She is trying to concentrate on her music,get a recording contract and used all the opportunities being on american idol gives her. Not every relationship works out, especially when you talking 17-18 year old dating. I am proud to know she is not throwing away her life for an unstable relationship. So, people lets keep it real. You don't like her ok.But, please let the girl be brillant at her music which is why I cried when she got voted off. Let her develop that stage persona that you all say she lacked by getting close to people that can help her do that. Without calling them boyfriend and girlfriend. I love you Pia, you an inspiration.

1285 days ago
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Howard Beatch    

Nephtalia, you need to go back to school, if not at least please use spell-check. Pia can sing pretty good, but who cares? I don't and America agrees, hence she was voted off. Carlos, get ready you will now get major shorties with Pia out of the way. Maybe she can go back to singing the national anthem for the New York Muts out in Queens, I may sing it the next game after her and then get on the field and play for them. Go Yanks!

1285 days ago
39.

Howard Beatch    

They are trying to throw her a party back home, but that will be hard to do when she is all over Hollywood with Mark's Balls-ass in her mouth. There's a new show coming out, _ _ _ ing with the stars. Pia has been missing in action, even towards her family and friends. So sad, you raise a sweet little girl, take her to so many recitals, shows etc and to get paid back like this. She will probably end up working at Rick's Cabaret in NYC or Spearmint Rhino in Vegas. Go girl shake the goods cause that is all you have left. Wait that is why she was booted off, she has no moves. Good job Carlos, its NYC plenty of hot chicks out there. table for one? Pia, call back home...please

1285 days ago
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Nephtalia    

Howard Beach
If you don't care about her singing why posting here? If Carlos could find better, why is he coming after her? You are right about my spelling, it is bad. There is million of stories on TMZ and you commented on this. You must care. By the way, you are from Howard Beach? Is he related to you. if so, I am sorry. People move on. And one thing if a guy is dating a girl for four years how can that girl still live at her dad's house and not with you?

1285 days ago
41.

mick    

no one says they are broken up. Second, the personal attacks on this girl are harsh. she seems like a really good kid. lets be real, she is 17 or 18 when she started dating a guy who was 23 or 24. He wasnt gettting any hot girls because in your 20's you arent trying to date a 17 year old no matter how hot. Everyone trashes her but lets be real. She is 22, talented, beautiful. But Carlos the Carter is the guy who has everything to offer in the relationship?

1285 days ago
42.

Ray    

And one other thing for you morons. Pia is not staying away from home she would love to go back. Its Idol who is keeping her out in LA cause she has a CONTRACT with them and they have her doing everything. Even when she was in New York doing Interviews they wouldn't let her go home. So quit posting your stupid crap that you have no idea about. My words to all of you are to STFU!!!!!

1285 days ago
43.

Ray    

LOL you people are Pathetic! You come on here to say no one likes Pia? LOL man are you out of your freaking minds? She has 120,000 followers on Twitter and close to 700 Registered fans on her fansite www.piafans.net and sometimes 1000 guests there as well. There are Millions of people who love this girl! Why do you think the outcry of her leaving idol was Worldwide?? You are idiots!! LOL shes going to make you all look very stupid! Remember the only reason she didnt get the votes is because everyone thought she was safe so its not her fault its the stupid non voters who screwed up. Remember the last one this happened to? Daughtry ring a bell?? Keep believing what you want but dont put it down where people can look back and see how dumb you are LOL!!

1285 days ago
44.

Bill Mitchell    

Wow, that dude was working WAY above is pay grade dating Pia. Talk about beauty and the beast. He must have had one hell of a personality to make up for that mug.

Go Pia! We love you!

1285 days ago
45.

Nathalie    

Howard Beach You can see the girl is trying to sign a recording deal. Now, that takes time. She is now trying to record. If you really love her and want the best for her give her some time. Would you rather have her partying in Howard Beach for finishing 9th or recording in LA. You don't sound like you hate her. The girl is 22 years old. She is not doing drugs, she is a dedicated young woman. She works very hard on her craft. I don't see why you would not be proud of her. If you are Carlos, if what you had was real she will call. But, the way you try to destroy her is not helping.

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