Who Is Ethan Slater: The Guy Ariana Grande is Dating?

Wed Sep 27 2023
By   tashi

Ethan Slater is seemingly dating Ariana Grande: The guy was previously married to Lilly Jay!  

The guy in question, Ethan Slater, 31, is not an oblivious name in the entertainment industry. Slater is a singer, composer, and Tony-nominated actor. Despite being a celebrity of a decent caliber, Slater has mostly remained a low-profile star. Hence, the actor's recent and still continuing momentum on the internet has spiked fans' interest in him.  

Born on June 2, 1992, in Washington, D.C., Slater is a better-known Broadway star than a film star. He is best known for playing Boq in SpongeBob SquarePants, which won him a Tony nomination. However, it is not Slater's apposite career that has thrust him into the limelight but his romantic alliance with Ariana Grande.  

Everything to Know About Ethan Slater!   

Slater and Grande's rumored romance sent the internet into a frenzy and the buzz continues. Ariana's fans have since been asking a very obvious question. What does the Grammy-winning songstress see in the lanky and meek Ethan, who doesn't stand on par with Grande's dating history and pattern in any way?   

Ethan Slater is a Tony-nominated actor.
Ethan is best known for playing Boq in the SpongeBob musical. Photo Source: Instagram

Besides being a Tony-nominated actor, we know for a thing that Ethan and Grande are set to star in their upcoming, Wicked. The other thing that they've in common is that both Slater and Grande are recently divorced. Slater's acclaimed role as Boq in the SpongeBob SquarePants Musical has been a huge fixation in his career. The Washington-born actor was actually 19 when he delved into the role. 

"Working on SpongeBob changed the way that I approach everything because I started working on it when I was 19," Ethan dished, adding, "It was seven years of developmentā€”from starting development until closing on Broadway."Slater's other lesser-known credits include Law & Order: Special Victim Unit, Lightning Bugs in a Jar, EVOL: Theory Of Love, and The Man Behind the Camera.   

Ethan Slater was married to his high school sweetheart, Lilly Jay.
Slater and his now-estranged wife, Lilly Jay, ended their marriage after five years. Photo Source: Instagram

Ethan's hotly-anticipated upcoming, Wicked: Part One and Two, in which he is reprising the role of Boq, and Grande is set to star as Glinda will be another huge feat in his career. Ethan also awaits the release of his upcoming, Lost on A Mountain in Maine.   

Ethan Slater started dating Ariana Grande after separating from Lilly Jay.
Ethan is Grande's co-star in their upcoming, 'Wicked'. Photo Source: Instagram

Coming to his personal life, Slater has been married once and is a father to an 11-month-old son. The SpongeBob actor and Grande are both in hot waters after Ethan's ex-wife, Lilly Jay, recently blasted the singer. Slater and Jay were high school sweethearts while growing up in Maryland. The two got hitched after six years of dating in 2018 and welcomed a son in August 2022. 

The Complete Timeline of Ethan Slater's Budding Romance with Ariana Grande!   

Slater and Grande's overlapping timeline, of the actor's split from Lily, and Grande's from her then-respective partner, Dalton Gomez, had everyone suspecting foul play from Slater and Ariana's side. A source first disclosed that Lilly first filed for divorce after learning about Ethan's rumored romance with the Thank You, Next crooner.   

Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez split ways earlier this year.
Grande confirmed her split from Gomez in July. Photo Source: Instagram

The Tony nominee's estranged wife is reportedly "devasted" by Ethan's fast rebound relationship. A source revealed that this wasn't the future Jay had in mind for her and Slater. "She's doing her best to get back on her feet. She's incredibly smart and driven. She is truly the best mother," a source explained.  

If the SpongeBob SquarePants actor is garnering hate for abandoning his partner of a decade and their new-born son, Grande is amassing as much criticism for getting between the newly estranged spouses, who for all we know, had a shot at reconciliation. Fans are flabbergasted by Grande's capability to jump from one relationship to another.   

Slater's ex, Lilly, blasted Grande, calling her "not a girl's girl"

Ethan's estranged wife, Jay, recently blasted Grande. In her statement to Page Six, Lily said, "[Ariana's] the story, really. Not a girl's girl. My family is just a colloateral damager. A source close to Jay reported that the new mother was blind-sighted by Ethan's romance with Ariana. 

Slater's now-reported girlfriend, Grande, 30, married real estate agent Dalton Gomez in May 2021 after a brief dating bliss. Their marriage was said to be over in July this year, just two months after Grande commemorated their 2nd anniversary.  

"Ariana and Dalton have been having some issues for months now," a source said. Despite swirling speculations from fans and the allegations that Slater and Grande ditched their spouses to be with one another, close insiders have reported otherwise.   

Ariana Grande was married to Dalton Gomez for two years.
Slater and Gomez started dating in the wake of their divorce from their respective partners. Photo Source: Instagram

"Ariana and Dalton separated in January. She and Ethan recently began dating, and he is separated from his wife," a source said recently. The new love birds were recently spotted enjoying a date at Disneyland. The now-viral snaps show Slater and Ariana strolling around Disneyland arm-in-arm.  

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