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Christopher Hayden is a recurring character on WB drama Gilmore Girls. He is portrayed by David Sutcliffe.


Rory's father and Lorelai's high school boyfriend. They tried to start a relationship again several times, but the timing was always off. In season 7 they spontaneously got married during a trip to Paris, but they separated (on good terms) only a few months later as Lorelai realized he was only a possibility. He is also the ex-husband of Sherry and they have one child together, their daughter Gigi.


Christopher grew up surrounded by family wealth on the same scale as the Gilmores. He does not seem to have a very loving relationship with his parents Straub and Francine, who respectively expect only business success from Christopher or criticise everything about him.[1] While he didn't express great love for his grandfather Hayden, the latter was most fond of Christopher out of the entire family[2] and so, Chris may have had at least one pleasant relationship with someone in his family that wasn't based on status and image.

Following the pregnancy, Christopher sheepishly complied with his parents' wishes that he marry Lorelai, live at the Gilmore house and work at Richard's firm, although thanks to Lorelai's strength of will this never occurred. While Chris is shown to have had limited contact with Lorelai and Rory in the years that followed, he never did attend Princeton as he parents wished for him, and it is unclear whether he did take up academia.


When Christopher comes to Stars Hollow for the first time[3], he stays with Lorelai and Rory, and he asks Lorelai to marry him, but she refuses. Although both Straub, his father, and Richard brag about Christopher's business success in California, he confesses to Lorelai that his business is in serious financial trouble.[1] Following the rejection he is not seen for a while, until Lorelai calls him up on the eve of her bachelorette party, telling Chris for the first time that she's getting married.

Chris later returns to Stars Hollow to present Rory at her debutante ball and tells Lorelai that he is now living in Boston with his girlfriend Sherry Tinsdale and has a good job.[4] When Rory and Jess crash Rory's car and she fractures her wrist, Christopher is the one Lorelai calls after seeing Rory's damaged car and he ends up staying with them for a couple of days.[5]

At first Sherry and Christopher are serious[6], but Chris later becomes unhappy with Sherry, wanting to leave her and he and Lorelai sleep together. However, when he learns Sherry is pregnant, he goes back to her.[7] Sherry gives birth to their daughter Georgia, nicknamed Gigi.[8] 2 years later Sherry leaves him and Gigi to take a job in Paris.[9] Christopher repeatedly turns to Lorelai for help with his daughter. Christopher's presence in Lorelai's life puts strain on her relationship with Luke Danes. Lorelai stays over at Christopher's house the night she and Rory find out from Richard and Emily that Christopher's father, Straub Hayden, has died, and the both of them drink tequila all night long, but have no sexual interaction whatsoever.[10] At Emily's urging, Christopher attends Emily and Richard's wedding vow renewal and begs her to get back together with him. Lorelai is furious with both her mother and Christopher, and they don't speak for several months.[11][12]

They get back in touch when Christopher wants to financially provide for Lorelai and Rory, and they agree he'll take over paying Rory's tuition at Yale.[2] After Lorelai and Luke break up, Lorelai spends the night with Christopher[13], and they begin a relationship.[14] After accompanying Gigi to France to see her mother, Christopher asks Lorelai to marry him and elope, and Lorelai and Christopher spontaneously get married, and Christopher moves into Lorelai's house in Stars Hollow. However, Christopher continues to be very jealous of Luke. After he finds a letter that Lorelai wrote for Luke's custody battle, Christopher questions whether Lorelai really loves him.[15] When Lorelai's father has a heart attack, Christopher is upset to see Luke at the hospital.[16] Lorelai considers cutting Luke out of her life completely to save her marriage, but a conversation with Sookie makes Lorelai realize that their relationship isn't right. She tearfully breaks up with him and he sadly (but respectfully) realizes that if it took her 20 years to get him to say "Yes", he should have known they weren't meant to be.[17] They part on good terms and Chris is seen proudly watching his daughter graduate from Yale.[18]


Lorelai Gilmore

Main article: Lorelai and Chris


A teenage Christopher and Lorelai

Christopher and Lorelai have known each other since age 6 and were best friends growing up. Like Lorelai, Chris comes from a privileged family and was unhappy with the life his parents had planned for him. At the age of 14, Lorelai walked over to him and kissed him in the school parking lot "Just to see what it felt like".[11]

He spent many times after school hanging at Lorelai's, where the two would search for naked people on the balcony. Rather than go to Princeton as his parents wanted, Christopher wanted to travel through Europe with Lorelai after high school. When Lorelai became pregnant, Christopher agreed to get married and work for Richard's company, as their parents wanted; however, Lorelai refused. Lorelai raised Rory alone, and Christopher had limited contact with his daughter.


Hey. Nice shirt. Take it off
– That Damn Donna Reed


  • The Offspring is his favorite band.[1]
  • His first kiss was with Lorelai in the school parking lot at the age of 14.
  • He crashed his new Porsche two hours after receiving it on his 16th birthday, with Lorelai next to him.[1]
  • He proposed to Lorelai thrice.[8][1][19]
  • He's known Lorelai since they were both 6.
  • He is the only one who calls Lorelai "Lor".
  • Lorelai confessed to Sookie that all her bad girl moments were with Christopher.[1]
  • Jackson Belleville thinks he looks more like George Clooney than Brad Pitt, and Andrew thinks he looks like Billy Crudup.[1]
  • He can play the opening lick to Smoke on the Water and Jumpin' Jack Flash on guitar.[1]
  • He owns/owned a red 2000 Indian motorcycle.[1]
  • Jess was the only boyfriend of Rory's he didn't meet, but he jokingly threatened to rip his head off after Rory and Jess got into a car accident.
  • He got along fine with both Dean and Logan.



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Season 5

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Season 7


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Christopher Returns
  2. 2.0 2.1 He's Slippin' 'Em Bread...Dig?
  3. That Damn Donna Reed
  4. Presenting Lorelai Gilmore
  5. Teach Me Tonight
  6. It Should've Been Lorelai
  7. I Can't Get Started
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dear Emily and Richard
  9. Norman Mailer, I'm Pregnant!
  10. Women Of Questionable Morals
  11. 11.0 11.1 Wedding Bell Blues
  12. The Prodigal Daughter Returns
  13. Partings
  14. 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous
  15. To Whom It May Concern
  16. I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia
  17. Farewell, My Pet
  18. Unto the Breach
  19. French Twist

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