Now single, Duff says she's ready to play the field, and already had a mystery date

By People Staff
Updated January 26, 2007 10:40 AM

Hilary Duff says she and ex-boyfriend Joel Madden still speak to each other – but that she’s excited to start playing the field and jump into dating.

Appearing on Ryan Seacrest’s L.A. radio show Thursday morning, the now single actress and singer said dating “is fun. I kind of feel like a guy, like I can do it now.” She added, laughing, “But I feel kind of wrong at the same time.”

She also revealed that she’d recently been on a date with an unnamed suitor, which she said was a unique experience for her.

“I’ve never gotten to (date) before, so it’s kind of exciting,” she said. “I’ve always just had a boyfriend, you know? I’m young!”

Duff, 19, said her breakup with Madden, the lead singer of Good Charlotte, late last year, after two and half years together, wasn’t bitter. “There was nothing – no fight, no ‘He did this, I did this,’ ” she said. “It was just time for people to move on and do different things.”

They still keep in touch, she added. “I had a really great relationship with him, and we still have a great relationship, which is really good and unusual. He’s a good person, and I always will care about him.”

Asked how long she might go before getting into another serious relationship, she wouldn’t say. “What if I meet someone that I really am into, and they’re really into me, and I’m feeling it and I’m going for it?” she said.

Duff was on the KIIS-FM program to debut the song “With Love” from her upcoming record, Dignity. She said the title for the record came from her experience living the showbiz life.

“I feel like dignity is something that you can’t just have, you know, you have to work on having,” she said. “And I feel like I have it a little. … The album is so personal and talks about so many experiences I’ve had – good ones and bad ones – and (dignity) is something I always hope to have and strive to have.”

The album, which has not yet been completed, is due in stores April 3.