Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater‘s budding romance is unfolding in the public eye, but sources close to the couple want to set the record straight about their relationship, emphasizing that it’s much different from what has been portrayed.
The pair first crossed paths on the set of the highly anticipated ‘Wicked‘ film adaptation, sparking a friendship that eventually evolved into a romantic relationship. Contrary to speculations, their connection started after both Grande, 30, and Slater, 31, had separated from their respective partners.
A friend of the couple revealed, “While this entire situation has been blown out of proportion, it’s much different than what has been portrayed in public.” They are striving to navigate their new relationship privately, away from the spotlight’s glare.
The relationship timeline has raised questions, but a close family friend clarified, “Ariana and Ethan didn’t begin seeing each other until after both parties were separated, respectfully.” This highlights that they are respectful of the timing of their newfound connection.
Despite the public attention, Grande and Slater are making an effort to balance their status as public figures with their desire to be considerate of everyone involved. Slater, a Tony nominee, is particularly devoted to his infant son, born in August 2022, whom he co-parents with his ex-wife Lilly Jay. A source close to the situation shared, “Ethan’s priority will always be to co-parent his son.”
Earlier this year, Grande separated from her husband, luxury real estate agent Dalton Gomez, 28, following their marriage in May 2021. The separation was described as amicable, with sources mentioning that the long-distance nature of their relationship, caused by Grande’s filming of ‘Wicked’ in London, contributed to the decision. Despite the parting, Grande maintained respect for Gomez and referred to him as her “No. 1 fan” during their marriage.
In the highly anticipated ‘Wicked’ film adaptation directed by Jon M. Chu, Grande is set to portray Glinda, while Slater takes on the role of Boq. The movie commenced filming in the U.K. in 2022, with plans for a November 2024 release, though there is uncertainty regarding the potential impact of the SAG-AFTRA strike on its premiere.