“They have been friends (for) a while now, but to say they are dating is probably too strong,” he told the Daily Mail. to film the Star Trek sequel, in which he plays a "baddy".

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We were friends on Facebook and I didn’t think anything of it.

Just because you’re friends with somebody on Facebook doesn’t mean anything,” he told the American edition of OK! “But then she poked me which I think is kind of funny.

He created the largest newspaper and magazine business in the world, which at its peak had 30 publications across the US.

That Instagram snap shows Chris and Lydia, 30, coupled up at the GQ Men of the Year Party, which was held in Los Angeles on December 4.

Lydia Hearst officially announced that she is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Chris Hardwick on Saturday evening (September 12).

The 30-year-old model and actress and the 43-year-old CEO of Nerdist Industries, who won an earlier in the night, have been dating since 2014.

After several months in captivity, Miss Hearst shocked her family when she joined her captors to help further their cause.

She adopted the name Tania – after a member of Che Guevara's circle – and was photographed with a rifle for an SLA poster, which became a famous image of the 1970s.

In 1974 Miss Hearst snr, then aged 19, was kidnapped by the SLA from her home in Berkeley, California.