Ariana Grande is gracefully embracing a new chapter in her life after parting ways with husband Dalton Gomez. The 30-year-old “Thank U, Next” singer has found love in the arms of Broadway alum Ethan Slater, who happens to be her co-star in the highly anticipated film adaptation of the beloved musical “Wicked.” Credible sources confirm this exciting development to PEOPLE.
Amidst rumors of their separation earlier this year, Grande’s romance with Slater is blossoming, and it appears to be a recent development for the singer and the Broadway star, who is also going through a separation from his wife. While eager fans have reached out for comments from the stars’ representatives, no official response has been received yet. Nevertheless, it was TMZ that broke the news about this newfound love.
Grande is set to captivate audiences as Glinda in Universal’s film adaptation of “Wicked,” while 31-year-old Ethan Slater will showcase his talent as Boq, the love interest of Elphaba’s sister Nessarose. With the movie’s shooting already underway in the U.K. since last year, fans had anticipated its release in November 2024. However, uncertainties arise with the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, potentially affecting the film’s premiere.
The romantic involvement comes after Grande and Gomez’s separation, ending their nearly two-year marriage earlier this year. As of Monday, sources close to the couple disclosed that they have been working on rebuilding a quiet and affectionate friendship since their split.
Insiders offer insight into the difficulties the couple faced during their marriage, partially attributing it to Grande’s work on the “Wicked” movie across the pond, as it imposed a taxing long-distance strain on the relationship. With Gomez’s career as a luxury real estate agent demanding his presence in Los Angeles, maintaining a long-distance marriage proved challenging for both parties. The situation intensified as Grande embarked on her filming commitments in England.
Although the relationship eventually reached its conclusion, sources affirm that Ariana Grande holds nothing but admiration for Dalton Gomez, acknowledging his unwavering support during their time together.
Meanwhile, Broadway star Ethan Slater’s personal life also saw significant changes. He tied the knot with high school classmate Lilly Jay in November 2018 and celebrated the arrival of their first child early this year. Details about the couple’s separation are yet to be fully disclosed, as they had been together since 2012.
A graduate of Vassar College, Slater garnered fame through his exceptional portrayal of the title role in the “SpongeBob SquarePants” musical on Broadway, earning him a Tony Award nomination in 2018. Reflecting on his breakthrough, Slater attributed his success to a stroke of luck, as he had the privilege of meeting the show’s casting director during a theater apprenticeship, leading him to the coveted role.