Modern gold miners are busy guys. They’ve got a lot of money to make, and that makes them attractive for – well, gold diggers (sorry). Take a look at Parker Schnabel, for instance. He’s one of the protagonists of the popular reality show, Gold Rush, and he’s become a popular guy in terms of his dating life.
Looks-wise, Schnabel has been compared to Adam Driver, so it’s not all that surprising that he’s getting plenty of interest and action. It’s hard to tell the players without a scorecard, though, so let’s take a brief journey through Parker Schnabel’s dating life.
We’ll start with Ashley Youle, who met Schnabel in Australia, and the miner generously invited Youle to spend the summer mining for gold in Alaska. What a guy!
Schnabel described her as “a really cool chick,” but their relationship quickly cooled off, and by the time Season 8 rolled around, he bounced from Youle. Sort of.
So let’s trek onward to see if Schnabel was able to strike dating gold (again, sorry). In the fourth season of “Gold Rush: Parker’s Trails”—yup, it’s another mining show, and Season 4 aired in 2020— the then-27 year old Parker took up with a fellow miner in Australia, and Tyler Mahoney also happened to be a model.
The 24-year old Mahoney was the star of Discovery’s “Aussie Gold Hunters” and “Gold Rush: The Dirt,” so it seemed like a golden match made in heaven, right? Sorry, not quite. The ingredients were all there, especially given that Mahoney looked a little like Youle, but despite the rumors the romance never came to fruition.
Surprisingly, Schnabel is reputedly shy about on-camera public displays of affection. But while he was supposedly uncomfortable kissing Youle during her time on “Gold Rush,” the rumors had them connecting off camera, which led to frantic searches of their respective social media pages by fans, who subsequently came up empty.
If all of this sounds a little bit like a reality TV version of high school, Youle’s quotes indicate that she might agree. “I have been inundated with this shit,” she said when pressed with endless Parker questions, but of course she’s doubtless aware that these kind of “did they or didn’t they?” questions help keep the spotlight on the show.
Schnabel did end up buying a claim in Australia after finishing “Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail,” which left fans hopeful that something might happen between Schnabel and Morgan down the line. As hard as the three principals work to find real gold, fans work to mine romantic gold in the machinations and maneuvering between the three stars.
The latest name in Schnabel’s busy love life rumor mill is Sheena Cowell, yet another Gold Rush colleague.
She’s a brunette who may or may not have another boyfriend right now, so maybe Schnabel will have better luck by switching hair colors this time around.