Ariana Grande has largely been private about her relationship with Dalton Gomez, a luxury home realtor. They got married at home in 2021, just five months after announcing their engagement. The couple reportedly separated in early 2023 and Grande began dating ‘Wicked’ costar Ethan Slater. Here’s a complete timeline of everything we know about their relationship.
Anonymous sources claimed that Grande and Gomez began dating in January 2020. In late March, People reported that Grande and Gomez had been together for ‘about two months.’ The anonymous source added that Grande ‘doesn’t want to do another public relationship,’ so it’s possible they began quietly dating earlier without sharing details online. To the public’s knowledge, this was Grande’s first relationship since her broken engagement with Pete Davidson, which largely inspired her Grammy-nominated album ‘Thank U, Next.’
At the time of its release, Grande said she was disinterested in dating and described herself as ‘closed for renovation, until further notice.’ On February 8, 2020, they were spotted kissing at a bar in Northridge, California. TMZ published grainy footage of Grande kissing a ‘mystery man’ in early February, noting that he ‘might not even be all that famous’ since he wasn’t ‘instantly recognizable.’
The gossip site later confirmed that Grande’s ‘mystery man’ was Gomez. In early February, fans noticed that Grande, plus many of her friends, were following Gomez on Instagram. Although Gomez’s Instagram account is private, ‘Arianators’ realized he had many familiar followers, including Grande’s childhood best friend Courtney Chipolone, her choreographer and pal Scott Nicholson, and close collaborator Njomza. Fan accounts also found that Grande and her friends were following Gomez’s brother, Dakota Gomez.
According to one such sleuth, many of those follows were initiated after a game night at Grande’s house on February 22, indicating that Gomez has made a good impression on Grande’s close circle. On February 25, 2020, Gomez accompanied Grande to a party with her friends and management team. Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, threw a party for his wife at Saddle Ranch in West Hollywood.
Grande’s attendance was widely covered, thanks to her spot-on karaoke performance of ‘Party in the USA’ — but at the time, hardly anyone noticed that Gomez was in attendance, too. He can be seen in the background of some videos from the evening, particularly in one video of Grande singing, in which he walks in front of the camera. On March 21, 2020, Gomez covertly appeared on Grande’s Instagram story.
Grande posted photos on her Instagram story that showed her dog, Toulouse, cuddling up to a man’s arm. Fans quickly deduced that the arm belonged to Gomez, as he has a similar tattoo on his forearm. Since then, Grande and Gomez have kept their relationship relatively private, with occasional glimpses on social media and public outings. They got engaged in December 2020 and tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at Grande’s home in 2021.
However, in early 2023, reports surfaced that Grande and Gomez had separated. Shortly after the breakup, Grande was spotted with her ‘Wicked’ costar Ethan Slater, sparking rumors of a new romance. As of now, Grande has not publicly confirmed her relationship with Slater, leaving fans curious about her love life. While Grande moves on from her breakup with Gomez, fans will have to wait and see who this new mystery man in her life turns out to be.