Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater: ‘Excited’ About Their Relationship
Despite simultaneously going through divorces, the romance between Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater has been going well since it was revealed in July. A source tells ET that the Wicked co-stars are “on the same page” and “still very excited about their relationship.” The “God Is A Woman” singer, 30, thinks Slater, 31, is “ridiculously talented, likes that they can relate to each other and that he challenges her, artistically speaking,” the source adds. “Ethan wants the best for Ariana and for themselves as a couple. They support and elevate one another.”
Slater officially filed for divorce from his estranged wife, Lily Jay, on July 26. No specific reason for the divorce was released, according to documents obtained by gossip website TMZ. Slater married Jay, his former high school classmate, in 2018. The couple welcomed their first child, a son, last year. The news of the divorce filing came shortly after Grande and her ex-husband, Dalton Gomez, had separated after two years of marriage.
As for Grande, she and Gomez settled their divorce earlier this month. The couple had a prenup in place, according to TMZ, so Gomez is getting a payout with no spousal support. He will receive $1,250,000 tax-free and half of the net proceeds from the sale of his and Grande’s LA home. Additionally, Grande will pay up to $25,000 of Gomez’s attorney’s fees. In her divorce filing, she cited “irreconcilable differences” and listed February 20 as her and Gomez’s date of separation.
The source tells ET that Slater is “invested in developing his relationship with Ariana and her family” as he continues to be “a hands-on dad.” According to the insider, Ariana’s family is protective of her, but as long as “she is happy and treated well, they will continue to support their relationship.” Last month, the new couple was spotted at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Trying to keep a low profile, the two sported black hoodies and baseball hats. However, eagle-eyed fans reported the sighting to DeuxMoi, who published photos on social media.
Production of Wicked has come to a halt amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, so Slater is back home in New York City. He has been cast in the upcoming Broadway revival of Spamalot. Slater’s role as The Historian/Prince Herbert will mark his first return to the stage since starring in the SpongeBob Squarepants Broadway musical in 2017, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.