THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

What Happened to Summer on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

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Summer on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has quite a history in Genoa City but the character has come and gone quite a few times over the years so it’s understandable if even some longtime fans aren’t completely clear on her past. But hey, that’s where we come in!

Who plays Summer on Y&R?

The character of Summer Newman was born in 2006 and played by a series of twins until child actress Samantha Bailey took over in June 2009. And by June 2012, Summer was hit with another case of SORAS as Lindsay Bushman began playing her as a teen. But by October of that year, Hunter King had stepped into Summer’s shoes and continues to play her to this day. Well, aside from a couple of episodes in 2018 when Bayley Corman took over when King wasn’t available due to other commitments.

Y&R Nick Summer Phyllis
Summer looks sweet now, but she’s Phyllis’ daughter, so watch out!Aaron Montgomery/jpistudios.com

Who are Summer’s Parents?

When Phyllis Summers got pregnant, she wasn’t sure if her baby was fathered by Jack Abbott or Nick Newman. Nick was the only one to read the paternity test results, declared himself the father, and married Phyllis. But it was Jack who helped deliver Summer in an elevator during an ice storm. As infants, Summer and Fenmore Baldwin were abducted by Sheila Carter but were thankfully rescued. Summer later ended up in the hospital from peanut allergies and after being sent away to recover, returned a moody teenager prone to acting out.

Summer went to live with Nick after Phyllis’ lies became too much and she actively hated her mother. While driving emotionally distraught, Summer crashed her car into Adam and Chelsea Newman’s, accidentally causing Chelsea to lose her baby. Summer was guilt-ridden and after her manipulations of a young man named Jamie nearly caused him to commit suicide, she decided to get her life together.

Y&R Summer Kyle
Thankfully, Summer and Kyle weren’t keeping it in the family!sean smith/jpistudios.com

Are Summer and Kyle related?

Summer began crushing on Kyle Abbott, but Nick wasn’t thrilled by that relationship as there was still lingering doubt that Summer could be Jack’s daughter, making her and Kyle half-siblings! A new paternity test was done which shocked everyone by revealing that Jack was actually Summer’s father! However, it turned out that Sharon had tampered with the DNA results because she wanted Nick for herself, so Nick was finally confirmed to be the babydaddy.

Summer began working as a model and had some serious health issues when she tried popping pills to keep her energy up. She then fell for Austin Travers, and went on the run with him after he accidentally shot Paul Williams. After he turned himself in, Summer helped get him a lawyer and married him so she couldn’t testify against him. After his legal troubles were cleared up, Austin then grew close to Mariah Copland, which drove Summer mad. Then, during a wild Valentine’s Day party, Austin was found murdered! Summer was further shocked to learn he’d been having an affair with Abby, and the killer struck again, murdering Courtney.

Y&R Luca Summer
Summer ignored all the warnings and fell for Luca!Howard Wise/jpistudios.com

Who was Luca Santori?

Kyle comforted Summer during this difficult time, leading to them kissing and eventually making love. But their relationship hit a snag when she was pursued by Luca Santori, who was just using her to get ahead at Newman Enterprises. Kyle was away in New York, and Summer began to fall for Luca despite everyone’s warnings. Eventually he proposed and Summer accepted, but Luca’s crimes were exposed at their engagement party and he was arrested. From behind bars, Luca admitted it had begun as a scam but he did fall in love with her. Summer admitted that she, too, would always care for him.

Summer left Genoa City for a time but returned in June 2018 trying to escape her ex, “Pax,” and was arrested for stealing his car to get away! She immediately took an interest in Billy Abbott, who her mother was in a relationship with, and kept trying to flirt with him. Learning that Phyllis and Nick had an affair, Summer used that to get money out of her father. When the affair was publicly exposed, Billy was so furious with Phyllis that he took revenge by sleeping with Summer! But afterwards, he made it crystal clear he was just trying to hurt both women.

Y&R Kyle Theo Summer Lola
Forget arm wrestling — these four played romantic musical chairs!Howard Wise/jpistudios.com

Why did Kyle marry Summer?

Escaping the drama by moving to Dubai, Summer returned in January 2019 and immediately began causing drama between Kyle and his new girlfriend, Lola Rosales. Summer tried to steal Kyle by offering him sex, something Lola was holding out on. After Lola was seriously injured and required a liver transplant, Summer was the only viable donor. She only agreed to save Lola’s life if Kyle agreed to marry her for at least one year. Of course, he was still in love with Lola, so the marriage didn’t last long at all.

Summer then began dating Theo Vanderway and tried using him to make Kyle jealous. But it was later revealed that the two men weren’t just old friends, but actually cousins! Summer’s relationship with Theo fizzled out and she continued to be drawn to Kyle, making excuses to spend time with him for business. Eventually, Kyle realized that he was better with Summer and split up with Lola. Summer and Kyle teamed up to sabotage Theo at Jabot and got him fired. As Lola and Theo began a relationship together, Kyle and Summer decided to also take things slow, choosing to move in together and keeping their engagement secret.

However, even as Theo and Lola split up, Kyle and Summer decided to elope, but that proved to be too much too soon for Summer, who backed out at the last minute, needing to figure things out.

Stay tuned to Y&R to see what happens next!

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