Sarah Hyland is well on her way in Hollywood, but it was a real-life drama that put her in some scary situations in the last few months. Hyland had a recent request for a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Matt Prokop, approved and it turns out it was her Modern Family who helped her realize his danger.
“In every aspect of life they’re the best for me,” the actress told People. “We’re always there for each other. And it’s wonderful. I love them.”
The restraining order against Prokop was awarded in September, after Hyland had broken up with him. The court documents revealed that Prokop had allegedly assaulted Hyland, physically and verbally, while they were together — including attempting to choke her while calling her names back in May.
Hyland and Prokop were together for five years and the abuse allegedly happened throughout their relationship. It was Hyland’s TV mom, Julie Bowen, who finally talked to Hyland about breaking it off with him. After she ended it, Prokop allegedly threatened to kill Hyland’s dog and burn her house down.
“His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak,” Hyland said in the court documents. “I was scared and in fear for my life.”
She added that he has “relentlessly bombarded me with vile, threatening and emotionally disturbing texts and voice mails including his own suicide threats.”
Through it all, Hyland seems to be thankful for the support from her Modern Family costars. She has been out in public since and has appeared “cheerful.” Besides her costars, Hyland said she has finally found her true “significant other” — her dog, Barkley Bixby.
And even though Barkley was a gift from Prokop, he has been a figure of support for Hyland through it all.